curated by Bruno Corà

Opening Saturday April 23  6.00 pm

April 23 - July 30, 2016 

Claudio Poleschi Arte Contemporanea, Lucca


Giuseppe Uncini’s solo exhibition “Dimore”, curated by Bruno Corà, will take place Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 6 pm at Claudio Poleschi Arte Contemporanea in Lucca.
The exhibition, in collaboration with Galleria Tega, will continue in Milan from September 19, 2016.
The event highlights a conspicuous cycle of the artist’s activities dedicated to the sculptures he called progressively Dimora delle cose (1979-1981), Dimore (1980-1986) and Muri d'ombra (1986-1987), and also focusses on the concept of architectural shapes in unison with the emotional aspect and with the act of dwelling.
The new morphological paradigm created by Uncini following some of his masterpieces like Strutture spazio-ambiente (1967) – comprising La stanza, 1967, La finestra con ombra, 1968, Porta con ombra, 1968 and Sedia con ombra, 1968 – develops along those premises and the same “dwelling” intuitions as Mattoni (1969-1971).
To attain these new forms that distinguish themselves starting with the strong emblematic valence of inhabiting – it almost seems as if we can actually move inside them – it was necessary for Uncini to dedicate himself also to the study and creation of Shadows (Ombre) until he was able to completely invent the unprecedented concept of solid entities representing an impalpable but present dimension – the shadow.
With Ombre (1972-77) and Interspazi (1978-1988), Uncini works on the definition of a subsequent, extensive chapter of his journey into sculpting that finds in Dimore a strong projection of the autonomous constructive process began with Cementarmati (1959).
The exhibition in Lucca counts several examples of the artist’s important cycle of Dimore which, besides embodying a successful harmony between the first twenty years of Uncini’s activity and the next, with works such as Spazi di ferro (1987-1996), Spazicemento (1993- 2000), Muri di cemento (2001-2004) and then Architetture (2004-2007), are also among the most authentic artistic creations of the 20th century that illustrate Hölderlin’s poetic concept “Poetically man dwells”, source of an extensive philosophical reflection that came after him and continues to our day.


Title: "Giuseppe Uncini - Dimore"
Solo exhibition
Opening: Saturday April 23, 2016 at 6.00 pm.
From April 23 to July 30, 2016
Address: Lucca: Chiesa di San Matteo, Piazza San Matteo 3 and Via Santa Giustina 21 (main entrance)
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-1 pm, 3.30-7.30 pm
Sat 9 am-12.30 pm or on appointment
Free admittance
In collaboration with Archivio Giuseppe Uncini and Galleria Tega


Giuseppe Uncini was born in Fabriano on January 31, 1929. His initial artistic pursuits took place in his hometown.Then, in 1953, he moved to Rome and lived in Edgardo Mannucci’s studio, where he met Alberto Burri, Afro Basaldella, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Ettore Colla and the poet and art critic Emilio Villa. His first Cemento is dated 1957 and he created it as a self-signifying object, very different from traditional representational painting.
In 1958 he met Mario Schifano, Francesco Lo Savio,Tano Festa and Franco Angeli with whom he held the exhibition ‘Roma 60’ at La Salita gallery. 1961 is the year of his first solo show at Galleria L'Attico in Rome, with Cementarmati. In 1962, together with Gastone Biggi, Nicola Carrino, Nato Frasca, Achille Pace, Pasquale Santoro, he established ‘Gruppo Uno’ in Rome that, through different formations, operated until 1967.
From the beginning, his arduous and sustained progress was unanimously approved. He showed in avant-garde, internationally prestigious galleries, from Christian Stein in Turin, to Studio Marconi in Milan, to Galleria Fumagalli in Bergamo.
He participated in many group exhibitions on a national and international level. Present at several editions of the Venice Biennial (1966, 1984, 1989), in 1988 he received the Feltrinelli Prize for Sculpture from the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, in 1989 the 6 th Henry Moore Grand Prix Exhibition from the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Japan and in 1995 the President of the Republic Prize from the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca.
He participated in the show ‘Scultura del XX secolo’ at the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro in Milan in 2001 and held his first solo retrospective in Germany at the Stadtische Kunsthalle in Mannheim the same year. Scholar at San Luca since 1991, he became the academy’s president in 2003.
In 2007 he began working on a major retrospective presented posthumously at ZKM in Karlshrue in 2008, which was then moved to the MART in Rovereto until March 2009 and then to the Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz in April 2009.
In 2008 the catalogue raisonné Giuseppe Uncini. Catalogo ragionato, featuring a critical essay by Bruno Corà, was published.
Uncini died unexpectedly in his home-studio in Trevi in the early hours of March 31, 2008. Among the major Italian and European artists of the second half of the 20 th century, together with Fontana, Burri, Lo Savio and Castellani, Uncini brought an essential contribution to the radical renewal of plastic art and a lesson of extreme formal rigor and linguistic coherence sustained through a limpid, skillful progression.





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