The Smell of the Infinite
Classical harmonies and modern fits
“THE EVOLUTION OF A DREAM” TAKES PLACE
IN PIAZZA DUOMO, THE CHURCH AND
THE CLOISTER OF SANT’AGOSTINO
This 2019 seems to be marked by the name and works of Pablo Atchugarry. Last May, Venice welcomed the maestro from Uruguay with “The Movement of Light” exhibition that Galleria Contini has organized simultaneously with the Biennale (on display in the Casanova Gardens of Hotel Cipriani there is Soñando la paz, a sculpture the artist created for the Venice Biennale in 2003). The capital of the lagoon also hosts Atchugarry’s Serenissima; the sculpture has been placed in the gardens of Ca’ Corner and seems to greet its neighbour, Marino Marini’s Angelo della Città (“angel of the city”), which faces the façade of Ca’ Venier dei Leoni, home to the Guggenheim Collection. On June 8, Pietrasanta opened “The Evolution of a Dream”, a large survey exhibition gathering bronze and marble works (with some monumental presences); the show runs in Piazza del Duomo and in the Cloister of the Church of Sant’Agostino until September 29. The event has attracted many people, including prestigious personalities, to this celebrated town of Versilia. In Marina di Pietrasanta another precious work welcomes visitors: a steel sculpture that is called Search of the Future.
THE URUGUAYAN MASTER’S LOVE OF ITALY
DATES BACK TO ’79, WHEN THE ARTIST
STARTED WORKING WITH THE CARRARA MARBLE
. It stands on the jetty and seems to be looking beyond the horizon – there where the sky meets the sea – as if it wanted to catch the scent of the infinite. A nice surprise and a just reward for an artist who, many years ago, decided to nourish his own talent with the Carrara marble – Michelangelo’s favourite. It was thanks to these snow-white blocks that Atchugarry felt the pleasure and amazement of the archaeologist, discovering shapes as he slowly carved the stone, following the essential pencil lines on its mysterious surface. Finally, he, too, learnt the essence of the truth Buonarroti stated: the sculpture is already complete within the stone, one just needs to let it out.
HIS ART RESTS UPON IDEALS
THAT CONSTANTLY PURSUE
BEAUTY AND HARMONY WITH OTHERS
It is really beautiful that this “dream” of his, born from the mythical quarries of the Apuan Alps, has continued into the present and can spread its seeds into the future that awaits it. Such creative behaviour has renewed itself, turning, for instance, to the pink marble of Portugal and the grey bardiglio marble variety, and has led to bronze sculptures that display a captivating, varied, rhythmical monochrome.
WHEN HE SMOOTHES SHAPES OR CARVES MARBLE
HE FREES MATTER AND GIVES IT A WAY OUT
TOWARDS THE SKY IN UPWARD MOTION
Anyway, the intimate vocation of an artist who stands out of time emerges on all occasions; he is classical in his balanced, upward research of forms and very modern in the way he pursues it, by searching for inspiration and truth within himself. The event in Pietrasanta highlights these concepts and engages emotionally those who approach it with the right frame of mind: “After all art must be translated into dialogue.” And the soft, sinuous, essential upward flow of his works, which seem to move towards light, ask many – mainly existential – questions that only wait for us to answer. It is no surprise that the exhibition Genoa dedicates to Atchugarry in the Sala del Maggior Consiglio in Palazzo Ducale from July 6 to August 25 is called ” Alla conquista della luce” (“to conquering light”) – this is a vocation and a promise.
THE EVOLUTION OF A DREAM