Walter Lazzaro - Capanni, 1954

THE TRADITIONAL STREET EXHIBITION 30 YEARS SINCE HIS DEATH
The original purpose of this formula was to pull together established artists and emerging talents

A HUT WHOSE STRUCTURE AND COLOURS ARE INSPIRED
BY A PAINTING BY THE ARTIST HAS BEEN BUILT
TO CELEBRATE THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF LAZZARO’S DEATH

 

It has been thirty years since Lazzaro has stopped enlivening the cultural life in Versilia.

After a brilliant artistic career as a painter and actor – he was awarded at the Venice Biennale and at the Quadriennale in Rome – in the period before the war he was imprisoned in a Polish camp, because he was a lieutenant of the grenadiers. This was a very hard experience, and the return to normal life seemed quite difficult, until, in 1961, he discovered Versilia, decided to settle in Forte dei Marmi and opened an atelier. Already in the following year, together with other painters and friends, he gave life to the artistic week of Versilia, which later took on the name of “Marguttiana”. The first edition was launched by Carlo Carrà. Lazzaro insisted on organizing an event that allowed the public to know the emerging artists of the period, also involving his students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara by exhibiting their works in via Pascoli. This street immediately became a place for people to gather and talk about art: painters and a public that was growing more and more interested in art actually engaged in artistic conversations that sometimes went on going long into the night.

 

THE EXHIBITION RUNS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 15:
WORKS BY DOZENS OF ARTISTS WILL BE
ON DISPLAY 24 HOURS A DAY

 

Until his death in 1989, Lazzaro’s works were always displayed in via Pascoli, which everyone used to call “the street of art”. After his death, some young local artists decided to continue organizing the event, in order to keep the memory and spirit of their master alive, and reserved a space to his works. 30 years since Lazzaro’s death, the president of Marguttiana – architect Edmondo Nardini – has decided to have a hut built, whose colour and shape are inspired by a famous painting by Lazzaro.

This year, a novelty enhances the event: an exhibition of works by young international artists that is called “All the Colours of Peace”. It is supported by the European Parliament and runs from June 8 to 23. After the exhibition, the Marguttiana event will take place as always. Until September 15, works by dozens of artists will be on display for 24 hours, thanks to special glass showcases.

Diego Cicciarella

LA MARGUTTIANA
VIA G. PASCOLI
FORTE DEI MARMI (LU)
UNTIL  15/09

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