12 October 2018 - 22 June 2019
CIMA is pleased to announce that its 2018–2019 exhibition will be devoted to the work of Marino Marini. Curated by Dr. Flavio Fergonzi, a professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and a member of CIMA’s advisory committee, this will be the first exhibition in the U.S. to assemble an in-depth selection of Marini’s greatest nudes, focusing on sculptures created between 1936 and 1945.
Marino Marini (1901-80) began his formal artistic education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, where he studied painting and sculpture. After launching his career in the late 1920s with work that explicitly referenced archaic styles, Marini devoted himself to the female nude, reducing the body to abstract forms while simultaneously foregrounding a perceptible, provocative carnality through graphic interventions on their surfaces.
The exhibition will pair the artist’s large sculptures, made of materials including terracotta and plaster, with a series of small bronze works; exhibited drawings by Marini of the female nude will offer further insight into his creative process. Following CIMA’s curatorial tradition, the installation will also include works on paper by a second artist (to be announced), setting up a dialogue with Marini’s practice and illuminating the ways in which they both upset the boundary between figuration and abstraction that was a fundamental challenge for mid-century artists.