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Galleria Il Ponte Presents Giulio Turcato

Exhibit runs until April 14

WILLIAM FRENCH

Galleria Il Ponte presents Inventare spazi (Inventing Spaces), an exhibition dedicated to Giulio Turcato (1912-1995), a painter considered one of the greatest representatives of Italian abstract and informal art. Among the promoters of the Art Club (1945) and Forma I (1947), the Fronte Nuovo delle Arti, Gruppo degli Otto (1950) and Continuità (1960), Turcato boasted a vast number of shows at the most prominent institutions and galleries in Italy and abroad during his long and fruitful career.

This solo exhibition showcases two series of works: the Tranquillanti (Tranquilizers), from 1961 and the Superfici lunari (Moon Surfaces) from 1964, which were exhibited in 1966 at the Venice Biennale. Introduced by the two Superfici malate (Diseased Surfaces) from 1957 and 1961, with their taches on a monochrome surface, the lounge room features La porta (The Door), a sculpture from 1973, five works on paper from 1961, and Ricordo di New York (Memory of New York) from 1963.

When they made their first appearance at Galleria Il Canale in Venice in 1961, the Tranquillanti compositions – paintings and collages of tranquilizer pills on canvas – caused a sensation. These pills punctuate the space, resembling a galaxy. This dreamlike place, however, regains its true identity through the inclusion of everyday objects: a “symptom of [Turcato’s] extraordinary capacity to live his time through those everyday situations of meeting people, being an artist in the midst of others, which […] is also reflected in the very realization of the painting itself,” reads in the exhibition catalogue.

The Superfici lunari, presented at the 1966 Biennale, assert the definitive originality of the artist, fascinated by the conquest of space and its myths. Oil painting and mixed techniques are set out on a surface of foam rubber, a daring choice justified by the artist as follows: “I use rubber because its uneven crust is full of new happenings and wonder. Besides, on other occasions I used tar and other materials, as well as tranquilizers. My stylistic research is headed towards a new colour, starting from the principle that brown and amaranth are two colours outside the spectrum.”

Turcato works for pure colour, made to shine in the light due to its humble, fascinating reality. The surface becomes a place of constellations and imaginary astronomical maps, reminding us that beauty resides in everyday objects and in the simple material itself, even if it finds uneven footing in individual torments.

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