Alberto Burri: Material Poetry
Bruno Corà (Ed.)
Ferrero Foundation & Skira, 2022
The retrospective at the Ferrero Foundation is dedicated to the great Italian artist Alberto Burri (1915- 1995) and seeks to explore the beauty and complexity of the creative process that underlies all his work. The exhibition is curated by Bruno Corà, president of the Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collezione Burri in Città di Castello. The title La poesia della materia (The Poetry of the Material) evokes what Burri managed to produce, working with the most varied materials and recycling anything that happened to come into his hands with an inexhaustible creative energy.
Tar, paper, fabric, jute sacks, combustions of plastic, wood and iron with their welds: “Burri ennobled even the poorest and most ordinary materials, bringing them into the dimension of beauty, which, to be authentic, must always be reconquered.”
Although he is one of the most important and internationally well-known Italian artists of the second half of the 20th century, Burri’s work still holds many secrets in store, which this exhibition, and the accompanying publication, hope to shed light on.