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This exhibition is promoted by the Town Council of Feltre under the Honourable patronage of the President of the Republic and with the  collaboration of the Minister for Cultural Heritage, the Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri, the Regional Council of Veneto and The Superintendence of the Historical Patrimony, Artistic and Ethno-anthropological Heritage for the provinces of Venice, Belluno, Padua and  Treviso. The Feltre TANCREDI Exhibition is the first big collection dedicated to the artist, which in the last three decades has been constructed via an exhaustive journey and in a new series of studies, collected in the catalogue, through which we can reconstruct the significance of the multilayered figure of Tancredi Parmeggiani (Feltre 1927—Rome 1964), one of the personalities par excellence of the contemporary international art scene.

The exhibition is curated by Luca Massimo Barbero and realised thanks to an important scientific committee, whose members include Gabriella Belli, Pier Giovanni Castagnoli, Maria Vittoria Marini Clarelli and to the collaboration of a group of  famous scholars and historians of art. It seeks to pay homage to a great artist, celebrating  him with the rediscovery on the part of his home town, and, above all, positioning him with justice and reason in the context of international art which confirms the extremely high quality of his work. The selection of the works and the mapping of the exhibition have been thought out in close collaboration with the “house museum” of Carlo Rizzarda, the seat of Feltre’s Gallery of Modern Art. It includes approximately 150 works, divided into different sections which create a dialogue with the spaces of the museum.


The figure of the artist in biographical terms is reconstructed via a wide selection of  works (mostly on paper and of small dimension) which reveal an intimate image of the artist’s life through the faces of the “companions of the road and of adventures” and a series of self-portraits. The definite idea of the paintings is present in the rare juvenile efforts in the style of “concrete neoplasticism” and the first experiments on paper of 1950/1, in dialogue with a rich selection of documents. Primavera (Spring) reunites a selection of important paintings of the same title; the research took place in the early years of the 1950s and the works on paper and marks the crucial meeting with the collector Peggy Guggenheim. Tancredi established a remarkably good relationship with his American patron, which led to him becoming the only European artist to have a contract with Peggy, and the only artist to work in the spaces of the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, while she had his works placed in the great museums and amongst the American collectors: some of which return on this occasion to be exhibited in Europe after decades away. This significant tie is presented in the exhibition thanks to the extraordinary group of works which come from her collection, and which open the International Adventure: Tancredi with Carlo Cardazzo and Peggy Guggenheim, the section which includes the mature work and includes some of the most important works of Tancredian Spatialism  and other  fine examples of his multi-form exercises.

“Europe and the World” includes new paintings from 1955, the year of his invitation to the Tendances Actuelles exhibition in Berna, in 1959, with the series of works entitled “A proposito di Venezia”. Here, in dialogue with the Tancredi journey, works by Italian and foreign artists who exhibited in the same period as Tancredi are also presented: Mario Deluigi, Lucio Fontana, Hans Hartung, Georges Mathieu, Mark Tobey, Wols, and Jean-Paul Riopelle.
“Of sorrowful jokes … with a bit of the ridiculous” includes the artistic essays of the ‘facezie’ and some of the paintings up until 1961. “Paintings by me and by Others” reunites some of the large canvases painted until the period 1962/63 such as the “Diari paesani” and the “Fiori dipinti da me e da altri al 101%”. And finally,  “I don’t know how to Write, perhaps I’ll Manage to Paint what I Feel” displays the small sketches on paper of extremely fine figuration, done in the last years of  the adventurous life-story which was to finish between Milan and Rome.

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