MARGINALIA. The Figurative Thought of Magdalo Mussio – curated by Paola Ballesi

The Centre of Studies Luigi Di Sarro present the book “Marginalia. The figurative thought of Magdalo Mussio”, published by Quodlibet, curated by Paola Ballesi, which reconstructs the complex story of Magdalo Mussio thanks to the contribution of many scholars and experts, and the testimonies of those who have crossed his creative activity and the search path during his life.

Accompanying the book launch will be a selection of works by the artist that will remain on display on May 9 to 31.

The Municipality of Recanati, in collaboration with the Centre for Documentation of Contemporary Artistic Research Luigi Di Sarro in Rome and the Space Culture Association in Recanati, paid tribute to Magdalo Mussio – ten years after his death – with the retrospective Magdalo Mussio. Marginalia, curated by Paola Ballesi, held in Villa Colloredo Mels last October-November.

Magdalo Mussio (Volterra 1925 – Civitanova Marche 2006) studied scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and animated drawing in Canada, with Norman McLaren. From the encounter between “motion graphics” and visual arts comes  out the interest in the relationship between writing and figuration, which marks his entire artistic career. After his debut in 1955 with an exhibition by Giuseppe Ungaretti, in the early sixties he became chief editor of “Marcatré” magazine linked to the ’63 Group. Protagonist of the avant-garde ‘verbovisiva’, invests his creativity in graphic works and paintings, artist’s books, animated films and scenes. In the early Seventies he moved in the Marches region, where he joined the editorial manager activities of the New Sheet teaching of Engraving Techniques at the Academy of Fine Arts in Macerata. His long career is full of numerous awards and important exhibitions from New York to Tokyo, Montreal, Sydney, Paris, Milan, Rome, Genoa and many other cities. “The visual poems” of Magdalo Mussio – like calling them Gillo Dorfles – are exposed to Finch Museum in New York ( “Italian Visual Poetry”), the Center Pompidou in Paris ( “Identité Italienne: Art en Italie depuis 1959”) and other prestigious Italian galleries.


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