As part of the celebrations of Palladio, commemorating the 500th anniversary of his birth, the Casa Cogollo (known as the Casa del Palladio) is holding an exhibition dedicated to Alberto Viani, the Mantuan artist who died in 1989, entitled Messe in opera. Homage to Alberto Viani. The exhibition is organised by the Fondazione Cariverona, and presents both sculptures and designs from this exceptional personality of the art world who produced masterpieces inspired by the whole tradition of sculpture, from the primitive epoch through to the contemporary scene, though providing a unity and coherence, and a sublet investigation into the ideal image of man as an archetype, and an exploration of the relationship between temporality and the totality of being. Alberto Viani was born in 1906 and studied at the Accademia of Venice, first with Eugenio Bellotto and later with Arturo Martini, who he assisted during 1944 - 1947, succeeding him to the chair of the institute. Viani cultivated an autonomy of the image which, despite being situated in the iconography of the nude, appeared independent of any naturalistic reference.
Notwithstanding his shyness and reticence he exhibited extremely widely. The works on display, affirms Agostino Gallio in the exhibition catalogue, trace the entire creative activity of Viani: from the point when, freeing himself from other contamination, he commenced the autonomous and solitary road of his rigorous and coherent formal research. This exhibition may also be read in the sense of a continuity from Palladio to Viani also in the reaffirmation of the cultural values of the Veneto. Think of the chiaroscuro, the tonality, the facades of Palladian villas; think of the nudes of Giorgione and Titian and the white plaster of Viani. Free entrance.
Opening times:10:30 13:00 and 15:00 19:00Closed Mondays, 25 December 2008 and 1 January 2009