An established order, an existing footprint, not a single piece of work, but a a body of work, kinda chorus. There is no chronological disposition, but a vision made of balance and contrast. Each piece has a force and a light that explode in the whole exposition’s complexity, rhythm and harmony.
Alberto Burri was born in Città di Castello (Perugia, Italy) in 1915. After graduating in medicine, he was captured in Texas during World War II, and it’s at this stage of his life that he discovers his interest for painting.
Jute sacks, tar, iron wood and plastic: Burri, the world’s leading Informal artist, hated to be called “the one of the sacks”. The materials did not matter its tears, the combustions are the result of an in-depth artistic experimentation: a sign of the times, a testimony to a life connected to his medical studies, and to the traumatic experiences during the war. An unusual and extremely personal ability to observe and interpret of the world. And while the world was looking for it, Italy did not understand him.
In 1978 he chose his land: the Albizzini Palace and the Ex Seccatoio del Tabacco in Città di Castello are two spaces so different one from the other, both for their history, and for their value, but carefully selected to host the Burri Foundation. The relationship between work and the exhibited space has always been his major concern so that he could only get done his work for places previously arranged. All his materials and elements are contained in this space, in this perimeter, in these floors. Burri once told that if you look at his artworks, “the last painting and the first one are the same”, and for this reason it doesn’t matter if they produce tumult or vastness, obstruction or fragment to the audience.
The centenary of the artist’s birth was celebrated on March 12, 2017 with the opening of the third Museum inside Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collezione Burri, exclusively dedicated to the graphic work of Burri (1915-1995). Two hundred and twenty pieces that perfectly fit in the artist’s body of painting, strengthen his incomparable expressiveness. The graphic works give definitively a further glimpse into the artist’s creative mind.
Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collezione Burri, with its more than 4000 square meters of space, is the largest artist’s museum in the world.