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Salvatore Fiume - Ballerinetta allo specchio

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Salvatore Fiume  - Ballerinetta allo specchio

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Silkscreen/Serigraph - Signed - 1/125 + I/XXV - without frame - 1980

Technique: Silkscreen/Serigraph
Signature: Signed
Condition: New
Period: 1980-1989
Title of artwork: Ballerinetta allo specchio
Artist: Salvatore Fiume
Year: 1980
Total dimensions (H/ W/ D in cm): 70x50x0,2
Edition: 1/125 + I/XXV
Sold with frame: without frame

8-colour silk-screen print on brocade - 50x70 cm - signed on bottom right next to the copy number - copy no. 82/125 - private collection - purchase and origin: Italy with certificate of guarantee - shipping via - UPS - SDA - TNT.
Born in Comiso, Sicily, on the 23rd October 1915, Salvatore Fiume was a painter, sculptor, architect, writer and set designer. At the age of sixteen he won a scholarship for the Regio Istituto per l’Illustrazione del Libro in Urbino, where he acquired a profound knowledge of printing techniques: lithography, silk-screen printing, etching and wood-cut. In 1936, after finishing his studies, he went to Milan where he met artists and intellectuals including Dino Buzzati and Salvatore Quasimodo (Nobel Prize for literature in 1959) with whom he became friends. In 1938 he moved to Ivrea, at Olivetti, as art director of a cultural magazine particularly dear to the president, Adriano Olivetti, with the collaboration of prestigious intellectuals such as Franco Fortini and Leonardo Sinisgalli.
Although he intended to establish himself as a painter, Fiume obtained his first success with a literary work, the autobiographical novel Viva Gioconda!, published in 1943 by the publisher Bianchi-Giovini of Milan. In order to devote himself completely to painting, in 1946 he left Olivetti and settled in Canzo, near Como, where he adapted an enormous nineteenth-century spinning mill to studio, which became his definitive residence from 1952 (now it is the headquarter of the Salvatore Fiume Foundation). In 1948, since his painting, strongly influenced by the Italian fifteenth century and by the metaphysical painting by de Chirico, Savinio and Carrà, struggled to success, he painted and successfully exhibited at the Galleria Gussoni in Milan a series of paintings inspired by Spanish tradition and folklore, signing them Francisco Queyo, a non-existent gypsy painter whose history he invented as a persecuted political exile in Paris. 1949 was the year of his first official exhibition, again in Milan, at the Galleria Borromini, where his Isole di statue and Città di statue aroused much interest among critics. During his exhibition at Borromini, the director of the MOMA Collections in New York, Alfred H. Barr Jr, purchased the Città di statue from 1947 which is now at MOMA, while the Jucker collection in Milan acquired a painting exhibited in that same exhibition. In 1950, it was Alberto Savinio, Giorgio de Chirico's brother, who favoured his participation in the Venice Biennale where he exhibited the triptych Isola di statue (now in the Vatican Museums) which earned him an entire page of the American magazine 'Life'. In 1952, again at the suggestion of Alberto Savinio, Fiume had his first experience in the set designing. That year he performed sketches for the scenes and costumes for La vita breve di De Falla and Beethoven's Le creature di Prometeo for the Teatro alla Scala. This was followed by Cherubini's Medea (1953), Respighi's La Fiamma (1954), Bellini's Norma (1955), Verdi's Nabucco (1958) and Rossini's Guglielmo Tell (1965). He then collaborated with other important theatres, such as the Covent Garden in London (Verdi's Aida, 1957), the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome (Medea, 1954), the Teatro Massimo in Palermo (Bellini's I Capuleti and i Montecchi, 1954) and the Teatro dell'Opera in Montecarlo (Donizetti 's Il Campanello, 1992), with which he concluded his collaboration with the Teatro dell'Opera. In 1951 the famous architect Gio Ponti commissioned him to paint a huge painting (3 metres x 48 metres) for the first class salon of the ocean liner Andrea Doria. Fiume painted an imaginary Italian Renaissance city full of masterpieces of art from various historical periods so that travellers could get an idea of the masterpieces they would admire in our country. Unfortunately, in 1956 the huge canvas was lost in the sinking of the ship off the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts. In 1953 the magazines 'Life' and 'Time' commissioned him, for their offices in New York, a series of works depicting an imaginary history of Manhattan and the Bay of New York, which Fiume reinvented as islands of statues. Between 1949 and 1952, at the invitation of the industrialist Bruno Buitoni Sr, Fiume completed a cycle of ten large paintings on the theme of 'Avventure, sventure e glorie' of ancient Umbria, in which the lesson of Italian masters of the fifteenth century such as Piero della Francesca and Paolo Uccello is visible. The paintings, donated by the Buitoni family to the Umbria Region in 1988, are stored in Perugia in the Sala Fiume of Palazzo Donini, open to the public. In 1962, a travelling exhibition brought one hundred paintings of Fiume to various German museums, including the cities of Cologne and Regensburg. In 1967 he made the sketch for the large mosaic in the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth in the Holy Land. In 1973, accompanied by his friend Walter Mori, a photographer, Fiume went to Ethiopia, in the Babile valley, where he painted his Isole on a group of rocks using marine paints. For the great anthological exhibition of 1974 at the Royal Palace of Milan, Fiume made a life-size polystyrene reproduction of part of the rocks painted in Ethiopia, almost entirely occupying the large Sala delle Cariatidi. On the same occasion he presented for the first time the 'Gioconda africana', now in the Vatican Museums, a tribute to the African feminine beauty inspired by Leonardo's Mona Lisa. In 1975 the Calabrian town of Fiumefreddo Bruzio enthusiastically welcomed the proposal of Fiume to revitalise the historic centre, free of charge, with some of his works. Thus, in 1975-76 he painted some internal and external walls of the ancient castle and, in 1976, the dome of the Chapel of San Rocco. His first exhibition as a sculptor was in 1976 at the Galleria l'Isola in Milan. His production also includes large works, such as the bronze statue at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the sculptures of the San Raffaele hospitals in Milan and Rome, the bronze group for the Fontana del Vino in Marsala and two bronzes at the Museo del Parco in Portofino. In 1995, the Centro Allende in La Spezia hosted its latest sculpture exhibition in its open-air spaces. In 1985 he held a large painting exhibition at Castel Sant'Angelo in Rome. In 1987, the exhibition De Architectura Pingendi was held at the Sporting d'Hiver in Monte Carlo, inaugurated by Prince Rainier of Monaco. In 1991 he exhibited his architectural projects at the International Architecture Exhibition in Milan, at the Palazzo della Triennale, and in 1992 he exhibited his paintings at Villa Medici, home of the French Academy in Rome. In 1993 Fiume visited the Gauguin sites in Polynesia and, as a tribute to the great French master, donated a painting to the Gauguin Museum in Papeari, Tahiti. In addition to the novel Viva Gioconda!, which was a great success within critics, Fiume published many short stories, nine comedies, a tragedy and two collections of poems. In 1988 the University of Palermo awarded him an honorary degree in Modern Literature. His works are in some of the most important museums in the world such as the Vatican Museums, the Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg, the MOMA in New York, the Puškin Museum in Moscow and the Gallery of Modern Art in Milan. Since 1978 the Vatican Museums have housed a collection of 33 works, which summarises most of the main themes of his production. Fiume died in Milan on the 3rd June 1997. Among the exhibitions on Salvatore Fiume's work held since 1997, should be noticed the one at the Artesanterasmo Gallery in Milan entitled Le Alleanze pittoriche in 1997, the anthological exhibition in the castle of Gualtieri, Reggio Emilia, in 1998, the exhibition of portraits Il Corpo e l'anima from 1999, also at Artesanterasmo in Milan, the exhibition in 2001 in the Municipality of Canzo, where Fiume lived since 1946, entitled Salvatore Fiume: Miti Ipotesi Metafore, the two exhibitions in 2006, in Vilnius, and in Warsaw at the Italian Institutes of Culture. In 2007-2008 there was a large retrospective (207 works) at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Arezzo, for the tenth anniversary of his death, and in 2008, the one entitled Mito e classicità alle soglie della metafisica, at the Auditorium-Parco della Musica in Rome. From December 2010 to February 2011, Spazio Oberdan in Milan hosted the exhibition Salvatore Fiume: un anticonformista del Novecento (100 works including paintings, drawings and sculptures). From October 2012 is the exhibition Le Identità di Salvatore Fiume, 50 works 1940s-1990s at Palazzo Pirelli, Milan. The municipality of Varese purchased one of his sculptures, which was placed in 2012 in the Piazza del Tribunale. Between 2012 and 2013 Salvatore Fiume's sons donated eleven large works to the Lombardy Region, which hosts them in the Spazio Fiume inside the new Palazzo Lombardia in Milan. In addition, one of his sculptures was placed in Milan in Piazza Piemonte on 23rd October 2013, the day on which Fiume would have turned 98.

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  • Excellent seller , very good packing . Thanks !

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