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Theme and Variations II
1981 - stainless steel

Albeit an enlargement of a 1969 sculpture by the same title, which is conserved today in the historic section of the Gori Collection, this piece should be considered to be a precursor to the movement of site specific expression. Melotti held a large retrospective show at the Forte Belvedere in 1981 and, for this occasion, wanted to recreate some of his earlier pieces on a larger scale so that they could be displayed on the terraces that overlook the city of Florence. This particular work, with its scale and static nature, was carried out with the intent of housing it permanently at Celle. The transparency and delicacy of the composition was perfectly suited to the pond, in which the elements are reflected evanescently. The spheres, chains and other suspended components that move in the wind create slight sounds that imbue the artwork with a musical quality.

Fausto Melotti

Fausto Melotti (Rovereto 1901-Milano 1986) was a fundamental figure in the development of Italian abstract sculpture and here we list only the most important retrospectives devoted to his career: Forte Belvedere, Florence (1981); Galleria d'arte nazionale, Rome (1983) Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice (1985); XLII Biennale Internazionale dell'arte, Venice (1986); Padiglione dell'arte contemporanea, Milan (1987); Chiese rupestri, Matera (1987); Pinacoteca comunale-Galleria d'arte moderna, Civitanova Marche (1988); Palazzo Fortuny, Venice (1990); Museo Cantonale d'arte, Lugano (1990); Institut Valenciano d'arte moderna, Valencia (1994); Aichi Prefectural Museum, Nagoya (1999); Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg (2000); Museo della Permanente, Milan (2000); Institut Mathiledenhohe, Darmstadt (2000); Musée Picasso, Antibes (2002-2003); Museo d'arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto (2003); MAC Grand-Hornu, Hornu, Belgium (2004); CAMeC, La Spezia (2006). Istituto Italiano di Cultura, New York (2008); Transarte, Rovereto (2009); MADRE, Naples (2011-12).

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