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ANGELO SAVELLI |

Angelo Savelli (1911-1995). The White’s Artist
an exhibition curated by Paolo Bolpagni
until 7 November 2021

Under the patronage of the Municipality of Lecce

With this retrospective, the Biscozzi | Rimbaud Foundation’s programme of temporary exhibitions officially begins. Angelo Savelli (Pizzo Calabro, Vibo Valentia, 1911 - Castello di Boldeniga, Brescia, 1995) is one of the most represented and emblematic artists of the collection. With his evolution from figurative to abstract art, from the Informal movement to the rarefied “white works”, which later became a paradigmatic feature, he was an exemplary figure for his coherence and innovative courage, one of the most remarkable protagonists of the second half of the twentieth century, as is well documented in the catalogue accompanying the exhibition. A man from the South, he projected his life and career beyond regional and national borders, landing first in Paris and then, from 1954, in New York. Famous for his “whites”, the result of experiments conducted from the second half of the 1950s, he experienced a progressive development and, until the very end, was always striving towards further achievements. The exhibition consists of twenty-three important works, dating from between 1947 and 1981, covering almost the entire span of Angelo Savelli’s artistic production. The works are displayed in chronological order, so that the exhibition is easy to understand. What is striking is the abrupt transition between the first phase, characterised by bold colours and a pictorial material that is often dense and full-bodied, and the following one, where white becomes an exclusive choice, the symbol of a search for the infinite that, in subtle variations, aspires to the revelation of being.