The anthological exhibition “Il Verismo di Alfonso Grassi”, organized by the Province of Avellino and the Fondazione Sistema Irpinia, will be inaugurated on Thursday 24 September at 6 pm, in the exhibition rooms of the Monumental Complex Former Bourbon Prison of Avellino, in collaboration with the ArTeatro and Artis Suavitas and curated by the artist’s nephew, the gallery owner Alfonso Grassi jr.
For the inauguration evening, the intervention of the art historian prof. Vincenzo De Luca, former author of the monograph dedicated to Grassi The stroke and the thought, (Ferraro Edition); to follow The literature that recites Grassi, voices and sounds of painting: the actors of ArTeatro, Emanuele Esposito, Michele Maffei and Regina Presutto, “recite” the paintings of Alfonso Grassi accompanied by young musicians from the “Domenico Cimarosa” Conservatory of Avellino, Simone Giliberti on violin and Giovanni Masi on guitar. It will be repeated on Saturday 3 October with the accompaniment of percussionist Davide De Maio.
On Saturday 26 September the concert for violin and oboe will also be held at the Monumental Complex Ex Prison Bourbon, Soloists in comparison, with Maestro Renato Orciuoli and Maestro Valentina Strino, young but established musicians with numerous concerts in Italy. and abroad.
The setting of the exhibition tends to enhance the cultural heritage in relation to the territory, allowing the event not to be isolated but to be the subject of a careful cultural policy, articulated in a series of theatrical and musical events, which will involve young professionals of the sector.
The exhibition includes about thirty works by Grassi (all oils on canvas and a lithograph) from the 30s to the 90s of the last century, a chronological path that helps to recover the stylistic evolution of the painter throughout his entire activities. Six paintings come from the Pinacoteca of the Irpino Museum in Avellino, including the Interior of the Collegiate Church of San Michele di Solofra, Pellegrini in Montevergine and Miserie al sole. The attention paid to the frescoes to which Grassi applies from the 1940s to the 1960s is of particular importance, such as those of the Capuchin Convent of Sant’Eframo Vecchio in Naples or the Sanctuary of San Pantaleone in Borgo di Montoro, up to the imposing cycle of frescoes from the Hall of the Municipal Council of Solofra which, despite having suffered only a few injuries following the 1980 earthquake, was destroyed by the will of the local authorities.
Alfonso Grassi works on constants, old and young, who acquire different meanings in relation to changing perspectives, he is an artist who constantly renews his field of investigation, giving to faces, perhaps similar, a different expression and torment. It has a well-defined cultural matrix that has its deep roots in the world of art culture, from the Renaissance to the Neapolitan nineteenth century, up to the painting of Giorgio De Chirico; there is no period that he does not know and that he has not studied and deepened, yet always remaining original and lively in every creation. He lets himself be carried away by sentiment or a romantic note, by a deep emotionality, never coldly cerebral or superficially decorative, giving his creatures a pure soul and pervaded by mystical intensity. However, there is nothing rhetorical, since he only renders what he sees and feels vibrate in his soul as an artist. In Grassi’s paintings, realism triumphs over contemporary pictorial degeneration, a realism responding to classical norms because he does not let himself be carried away by the fashion of the various “isms” children of Decadentism, which have decreed the end of the reality of how it is or how it appears to our eyes. He does not mechanically make use of acute observation of things but makes them the object of spiritual elevation. His is a human and sensitive painting, in a world where art seems to tend towards dehumanization and mechanization. A thoughtful painting, the last one by candlelight, which reflects the poetry of the human being, the dignity of the human condition. A popular but also cultured, refined and universal painting. Grassi’s art is not provincial, it is an art that raised the provincial theme in the universal, seeking its human and immutable accents.
“Il Verismo di Alfonso Grassi”, anthological exhibition
Irpino Museum – Monumental Complex Former Bourbon Prison – Piazza A. De Marsico, 83100 Avellino
from 24 September to 8 October 2020
Inauguration, Thursday 24 September, 6.00 pm
Admission is free.
Monday to Saturday from 10 pm to 12.30 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm.
For information and reservations: https://www.museoirpino.it/en/info/