Is titled "Dynamics. The monumental sculptures by Sauro Cavallini”The art exhibition already visible in Piazza Dante a Grosseto, 700 years after the death of the Supreme Poet. The event is promoted by the Municipality and organized by Grosseto Cultura Foundation, in collaboration with the Cavallini Study Center of Fiesole (FI), lending institution. Curated by Maria Anna Di Pede, Director of the Cavallini Study Center, the exhibition features six large bronze sculptures made by Sauro Cavallini - La Spezia artist then naturalized Florentine who died in 2016 - which will last until 30 September.
The project In the second year of Covid 19, which is still keeping us away from culture, and in particular from art, being able to walk around the city in the midst of monumental sculptures can only be a positive fact, a strong message of optimism and a corroborating novelty. The bronze figures soaring towards the sky, on display for the first time in Grosseto in Piazza Dante, will therefore represent not only the interpretation of the three-dimensional sculptural movement through the sculpture exhibition by Sauro Cavallini, but also an obligatory passage towards the return. to the complete normality of our life that we have missed so much in these last 13 months.
«One of our first wishes was to make art accessible to the whole community - he said Antonfrancesco Vivarelli Colonna, mayor of Grosseto, with the deputy mayor and councilor for culture, Luca Agresti -. Promoting, therefore, the exhibition of a sculpture in a square or of a work immersed among the people is an increasingly appreciable and incentivable fact. Our will was to bring art back to the streets, to transform Grosseto into a sort of permanent exhibition and I think we have made many steps forward in this direction. I think that our goal is being realized in the best way and the works of Sauro Cavallini are a luxury of which we must be very proud ».
"One of the main objectives of the institution that I chair - he added Giovanni Tombari, president of the Grosseto Cultura Foundation, with Mauro Papa, director of the cultural center Le Clarisse - has always been to promote art through shared forms within everyone's reach. Sauro Cavallini's exhibition perfectly reflects that intention, with six works set up in the main square of Grosseto for five months. Majestic works that well represent a complete artist, not only a sculptor but also a painter, a multifaceted talent who was able to dialogue with the material in an excellent way. We are therefore certain that this prestigious exhibition by Sauro Cavallini will be another fundamental piece to compose the mosaic of the cultural identity of our Grosseto ».
The monumental bronze sculptures, created by Sauro Cavallini between 1967 and 1984, on display in via and in piazza Dante in Grosseto, will be six, even if in fact they represent five groups, since that of the Titans is double. For three works the choice fell on creations that draw inspiration from mythology, while for Amore Universo and for Balletto Multiplo the artist wanted to pay homage to the deepest of feelings in one case and the absolute harmony expressed by bodies dancing in space, in 'other. Here are some brief notes on the works on display.
Love Universe, 1974, bronze, cm230x350x170
Two asexual figures hug each other tenderly, merging their bodies into a single being. Slender and supple, they move in space, extending in a skilful game of balances and correspondences that enhance the lightness and absolute freedom of the composition. Love and the Universe are for Cavallini the symbol of an indissoluble universal bond, of a love that envelops creation and creatures with the same extraordinary intensity. Love as brotherhood, as peace, as sharing and union between peoples. All his work tends in this direction: "Love to the bitter end - wrote the author among his reflections - towards profound ideals and creation".
Multiple Ballet, 1984, bronze, 260x280x250 cm
A lively group ballet animates the composition consisting of three sinuous silhouettes that move harmoniously and, respecting a tight game of balances, touch, intertwine and arrange themselves according to a choreography that develops around the central figure, raised in a agile momentum. Dance was an inexhaustible source of inspiration for Cavallini who created dancers and dancing figures posing in an incredible variety of gestures and poses. The movement of the body in tune with music has long been investigated by the sculptor who has been able to translate the lightness and elegance of this art into bronze with extreme sensitivity.
Centaur, 1967, bronze, 80x338x85 cm
The sculpture represents one of the best known protagonists of Greek mythology, a monstrous and fantastic being half man and half horse. Anchored to the base with the hind legs, the centaur expresses all its feral nature in the tension of the body that stretches upwards, shuddering and pawing with the front legs, and in the raised and threatening left arm. Inspired by the ancient legends that describe the centaurs as beings prone to brutality and violence, the sculptor creates a work in which the multiplication of gestures, shots and tensions seems to never end. This sculpture constituted a challenge for Cavallini, a challenge through which to give life to an ideal clash between man and the centaur, between wisdom and aggression.
Icaro, 1983, bronze, 200 × 220 cm
An imposing and extraordinarily plastic figure, Icarus is caught in the act of launching himself to take flight and escape from the labyrinth that his father, Daedalus, had built to lock up the Minotaur. Cavallini represents him with his arms outstretched reminiscent of outstretched wings, with his body bent forward and his head bowed, with his left leg bent on the base (the only point of support for the work) and with the right side slender to resume the movement of the arms. An example of freedom and courage, tenacity and determination, the figure of Icarus expresses man's ability to overcome his own limits and represents for Cavallini the "inspiring father of all future progress".
Titani, 1968, bronze, 60 × 310 cm and 50 × 210 cm
The Titans, creatures generated by Uranus and Gaea and endowed with extraordinary strength, are presented in all their grandeur: tall, slender, with their arms along the body or raised to the sky, full of an inner energy that is restrained but ready. to explode. Mythological stories, and in particular the Greek myths, have been a constant point of reference for Cavallini who, inspired by the protagonists of fabulous legends, created works full of symbolic meanings that often allowed him to express his profound ideals.
Profile of the artist
Active for over half a century, Sauro Cavallini has always shown an eclectic personality, dealing with different forms of expression (drawing, painting, but above all sculpture) and managing to obtain prestigious commissions, as well as the privilege of being present with his works in collections of high thickness such as those of the Vatican City, the Principality of Monaco, the European Parliament of Strasbourg, as well as public administrations and important banking institutions. Many awards received by Sauro Cavallini in life, but since his death in 2016, there has been an ever greater recognition and appreciation of his work through the particular attention of critics and a series of events that have given the opportunity to a growing public to deepen his work.
Thanks to the opening to the public of his atelier on the hill of Fiesole (FI) in January 2017, on the occasion of the inauguration of the Study Center named after him and in the presence of the then President of the Regional Council of Tuscany (and today President of the Region) Eugenio Giani and the Mayor Anna Ravoni, numerous personal exhibitions of the Maestro have been promoted, including in Fiesole (Fi) "Intrusioni" in 2017 at the Archaeological Museum, in Pietrasanta and in Switzerland in 2018, up to the great retrospective "Light and Ombra "inaugurated by the Mayor of Florence Dario Nardella that the Academy of Arts and Design of Florence dedicated to him the same year as well as being awarded, after his death, two international awards (the" Lifetime Achivement Award "for his career during the Visionary Art Show in Lecce and the “Lorenzo il Magnifico International Lifetime Achievement Award” during the XI edition of the International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Florence).
Thus continues the success of an artist who has dedicated his entire life to the creation of works of great emotional impact and extraordinary relevance, where the study of form both from the sculptural and graphic point of view, has reached very high levels of in-depth study and knowledge.