The Gallery of Modern Art "Carlo Rizzarda" PDF Print E-mail

The Gallery of Modern Art "Carlo Rizzarda" in Feltre was born of Carlo Rizzarda’s wish to bear witness. Rizzarda (Feltre 1883-Milan 1931) was one of the most famous artists of wrought iron of the early Twentieth Century. In 1926, he bought Palazzo Bovio-Villabruna-Cumano, a late Sixteenth Century residence in the historical centre of Feltre, with the intention of creating a museum of decorative art in his home town. Upon his death in 1931, the Feltre Comune inherited the palace and all Rizzarda’s wrought iron pieces as well as his art collection, including paintings, sculpture, objects of decorative art, furniture and china which he had bought to furnish his own Milanese mansion. The Gallery was inaugurated in 1938 designed and decorated by Alberto Alpago-Novello, organised with an eye to unite the metaphysical to the physiognomy of the setting of the museum. Reopened in 2001, after a period of closure, with a new organisation by Ferruccio Franzoia, the Gallery contains over 400 works in wrought iron. There is also furniture by Giovanni Muzio, Giambattista Gianotti, Ottavio Cabiati and Alberto Alpago-Novello, sculpture by Adolfo Wildt, Libero Andreotti, Francesco Messina and Constantin Meunier, and paintings by Telemaco Signorini, Giovanni Fattori, Gaetano Previati, Egon Schiele, Guglielmo Ciardi and Felice Casorati. There are also ceramics by Ferruccio Mengaroni, Galileo Chini, Guido Andlovitz, Helen König Scavini and Gio Ponti, as well as glasswork by Otto Prutscher and Carlo Scarpa and by the signature pieces by Cappellin, Toso and Barovier.
The contemporary art collection donated by the journalist Liana Bortolon (also of Feltre origin)
is made up of ninety or so works of masters such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Bruno Cassinari,

Massimo Campigli, Ennio Morlotti, Gino Severini, Mario Sironi, Aligi Sassu, Afro and Valentino Vago. The section dedicated to artists who have animated the lively atmosphere of Feltre in the Twentieth Century displays works by Tancredi Parmeggiani, Bruno Milano, Walter Resentera, Renato Soppelsa, Vittore Bonsembiante, Giovanni Pivetta, Gianni Palminteri, Romano Ocri, Gianpiero Fachin, Renzo Biasion, Attilio Corsetti, Rino D'Ambros, Francesco Guerra, Toni Piccolotto and Addis Pugliese.


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