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RED STORM: A PORTRAIT TOLD BY MEDARDO ROSSO
I always liked drinking water from the source, not from the bottle.
Medardo Rosso, thoughts collected by Ardengo Soffici
Florence, whose artistic heritage Medardo Rosso did not like, was the site of the first Italian retrospective, strongly desired by his herald in Italy, Ardengo Soffici, who wrote a lot about the artist. The sculptor, between Italy and France, left a flamboyant memory of himself, narrated in the stormy encounters-clashes, often, and sometimes suddenly very sweet, with very different personalities such as Felice Cameroni, August Rodin, Prezzolini and Soffici, Romolo Monti and Leonetta Cecchi Pieraccini. A panopticon of Rossian images, in which the profile of an irreducible researcher stands out, always attracted by the challenge with form.
The meeting is organized in conjunction with the exhibition SOLO. Medardo Rosso, curated by Marco Fagioli and Sergio Risaliti, open until March 28 in the rooms on the second floor of the Museo Novecento.
He is a writer, playwright for theater and music, performance artist, storyteller. He teaches narrative techniques at the Holden School in Turin and has collaborated with numerous Italian and European theatrical institutions, including the National Theater in London, the Lod company in Ghent, the Festival Opera XXI in Antwerp, La Batie and the theater amstramgram in Geneva. He writes for music and dance: from 2004 to 2008 he was artistic consultant for the MilanOltre festival at the Teatro dell’Elfo in Milan. He has extensive activity as a storyteller alone and alongside musicians, dancers and actors, in theaters, museums and historical places. Voce di Radio Tre, led the National Museum program, curated exhibitions on the relationship between art, music, theater and fashion. Among his recent books are noteworthy Lustrini for the kingdom of heaven (Bollati Boringhieri), Sacre parades (Guanda), Michael Jackson’s syndrome (Bompiani), Andy Warhol superstar (Johan and Levi), Siviero against Hitler (Skira), Memories of a work of art (Skira), Theaters of love (Nottetempo).