February 26th – May 22nd 2022
Palazzo Boncompagni offers the city a significant selection of 24 works by the great artist Marino Marini, more than ten years after his exhibition at the Civic Archaeological Museum.
There are 24 works on display – 23 of which are owned by the Foundation alongside a plaster sculpture from the Toninelli private collection. The artworks were created between 1939 and 1963 and are all dedicated to one of the artist’s most cherished themes and one that made him world famous: knights and horses.
There is the entire history of humanity and nature in the figure of the rider and the horse, in every age. It’s my way of telling the story. This is the character I need to give shape to the passion of man (…).
Along with the 18 sculptures, 6 large paintings are also exhibited, testifying to the quality of Marino Marini’s brush. The equestrian group is the best known subject of Marini: a real symbol, a very original language adopted to read reality and tell the human condition through figures that, over time, become less and less defined and more and more metaphorical.
The works, including the large ones, are displayed in the Renaissance rooms of Palazzo Boncompagni. Recently reopened to the public, this was the residence where Pope Gregory XIII was born and lived until his ascent to the Papal Throne on May 13th 1572.
To conceive a form, for me, is to notice color – color vision – animosity of life – animosity of form. I looked for the beginning of every idea that was to become something in color. To paint is to place oneself in the poetry of the fact, and the fact of doing makes it true.
This is the second exhibition by Marino Marini that has been organized by Palazzo Boncompagni. The Palazzo continues its mission to showcase the work of contemporary artists and to further enrich the city’s range of exhibitions, offering the Bolognese, as well as others, the opportunity to discover and visit one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in the historic center, not normally accessible to the public.