A story about the second half of the twentieth century in Umbria through the works of great artists who have chosen to live and work in Umbria, whether for a season or for their whole life. This, in a nutshell, the ‘UNFORGETTABLE UMBRIA. Art at the center between vocation and patronage‘ exhibition curated by Alessandra Migliorati, Paolo Nardon, and Stefania Petrillo, which will be open until November 3rd at Palazzo Baldeschi in Perugia.
During the twentieth century, many Italian and foreign artitsts have been charmed by the splendid Umbrian countryside: Piero Dorazio, Alighiero Boetti, but also William Congdon who lived in Assisi for 19 years. Giuseppe Capogrossi created large murals in the former Cappuccini convent in Gubbio, while Sol LeWitt elects his home on the Monteluco di Spoleto as an alternative center of gravity to his American home. Even Yves Klein left an extraordinary votive offering in the Monastery of Santa Rita in Cascia.
The exhibition itinerary offers a selection of paintings and sculptures by over 50 internationally renowned artists: Alighiero Boetti, Alberto Burri, Alexander Calder, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Piero Dorazio, Yves Klein, Leoncillo, Brian O’Doherty, Sol LeWitt, Beverly Pepper, Ivan Theimer, and Giuseppe Uncini to mention a few. What emerges is a very interesting mosaic and a story rich of exhibition opportunities and interventions on the territory, often favored by far-sighted patronage.
The precious catalog, also edited by Alessandra Migliorati, Paolo Nardon, and Stefania Petrillo and published by Fabrizio Fabbri Editore, contains stories, experiences, notes, and suggestions alongside detailed documentation of the works.