The Cini Collection - Fra Angelico, Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Tiepolo, Guardi...
Aix-en-Provence - Divers arts - From 19/11/2021 to 27/03/2022, daily between 10 am and 6 pm.
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the creation of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, the Hôtel de Caumont Art Centre in Aix-en-Provence will take its visitors on a journey to Venice by presenting, for the fifirst time outside Italy, a selection of the masterpieces from the Cini Collection, one of the most prestigious collections of ancient Italian art.
The 90 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and precious objects, presented at the Hôtel de Caumont from fall 2021, are part of one of the most prestigious collections of Italian art, from the fourteenthto eighteenth century, assembled by the businessman and philanthropist Vittorio Cini (Ferrara, 1885-1977, Venice). In 1951, he founded the Giorgio Cini Foundation, an internationally renowned
research and training centre, to honour the memory of his son, prematurely deceased. His insatiable curiosity and invaluable advice from prestigious art historians enabled him, over a period of around fifty years, to assemble an exceptional collection both in terms of its quality and the diversity of the techniques and object typologies.
The collection comprises Venetian porcelains and French ivories, miniatures, finely ornamented volumes, sculptures, engravings, drawings, furniture objects, and paintings on wood. Today, the Cini Collection is in the Galleria di Palazzo Cini, the collector’s former residence on the Grand Cana,and in the main head office of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore.
In addition to works by the great Tuscan masters-such as Botticelli, Fra Angelico, Filippo Lippi, and Piero di Cosimo, Jacopo da Pontormo- and Venetian masters, such as Lorenzo and Giandomenico Tiepolo, the exhibition is presenting masterpieces of the Ferrara Renaissance. Complemented by a selection of sculptures, enamels, and ivories, and a selection of drawings and illuminations, the exhibition reflects the entire stylistic diversity of Italian art.
The exhibition will also present contemporary works that complement the works in the collection. The works by the artists Ettore Spalletti and Vik Muniz, which were originally designed to be exhibited in the Galleria di Palazzo Cini, show that the Cini Collection is an endless source of inspiration for today’s artists.
Luca Massimo Barbero, Luca Massimo Barbero, has been director of the Cin Foundation’s Institute of Art History since 2013. Former associate curator of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome and one of the most eminent experts of the work of Lucio Fontana, he has directed exhibitions of modern and contemporary art in Italian and international museums and published in-depth essays and studies in particular on post-World War II art in Europe and the United States. United.
In collaboration with Daniela Ferretti, architect and independent curator.
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