Giolli e Wildt. Arte all’ordine del giorno

in “Adolfo Wildt. Anima Mundi”


Edited by Daniele Astralogo Abadal


A ‘European’ artist in the highest sense of the word, Adolfo Wildt (1868 – 1931) was able to bring early 20th century Italian sculpture to the heart of the most brilliant developments in contemporary art on the continent. The refined exhibition dedicated to him by the Floriano Bodini Museum in Gemonio presents thirteen marble works by the Milanese sculptor – a professor of sculpture at Brera, and the author of absolute sculptural masterpieces at the Cimitero Munumentale in Milan – and a careful selection of drawings, amply documented in this volume. Alongside works with a classical approach – i.e. influenced by the noble sculptural tradition of Antonio Canova – of particular interest are those that are more markedly expressive, with formal resolutions that are completely foreign to those that animated the first phase of his production.

A complex world of forms and languages, in which two absolute masterpieces of Wildt’s creative genius stand out, such as Arturo Ferrarin (1929) and the Mask of the Idiot (1910).

The volume includes a substantial series of critical essays, a catalogue of the works on display, a series of archive photographs and bio-biliographical apparatus.

Essays by: Daniele Astrologo Abadal, Stefano Crespi, Enrico Crispolti, Margherita d’Ayala Valva, Chiara Gatti, Lorenzo Giusti, Alberto Montrasio Gemonio, July-October 2007

Silvana Editoriale, Milano