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Pictorial Play
1982 - acrylic on wood, painted iron

A small cube-shaped room on the villa's top floor has been transformed into a playful composition of wooden signs and shapes that have been cut out, painted, and then arranged on the wall like a collage. A marionette, complete with strings, and the exaggreated furnishings of a puppet theater seem to bob merrily along the wall. The work is inspired by Italo Calvino's book, The Baron in the Trees, from which a brief quotation appears on a painted board hung in the room. In 1989, after years of not working In the space, Spoldi worked Introduced a sculptural element into the room. Painted red and black and placed on its side, the sculpture resembles an old-fashioned bicycle, creates an almost transparent filter through which the visitor can observe the puppet show.

Aldo Spoldi

Aldo Spoldi was born in 1950 in the town of Crema where he still lives and works.
Among his most recent solo shows we recall here Galleria Placentia Arte, Piacenza (1991); Palazzo Gotico di Piacenza, Piacenza (1992): Galleria Forum, Rome (1992); Tivoli (1992); Museo Carrara, Bergamo (1992); Groninger Museum, The Netherlands (1993); Museo Civico, Crema (1993); Castel S. Pietro Terme (1996); Trevi Flash Art Museum, Umbria (1993); Galleria Excalibur, Stresa (2000); Castello di Aceto, Reggio Emilia (2003), Fondazione Ambrosetti Arte Contemporanea, Palazzolo sull'Oglio, Brescia (2003-2004); C Dream, Genova, (2007).

Among his group shows we note: Autobiografia di una galleria, Galleria Gio Marconi, Milan (2004); La Scultura italiana del XX secolo, Museo della Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan (2005); Propilei. Un Colonnato per l'immaginario, Palazzo di San Galgano, Siena (2008).

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