Informal abstractionism

Giulio Turcato



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Giulio Turcato, born in Mantua on 16 March 1912 and passed away in Rome on 22 January 1995, is an Italian painter known for being one of the main exponents of the Italian informal abstractionism. His artistic training began in Venice, where he attended the artistic high school and the artistic nude school.
In the early years of his career, he spent periods in Palermo and Milan, exhibiting for the first time at the Venice Biennale in 1942 with the work "Maternità". In 1943, he moved to Rome, becoming a frequent visitor at the Osteria Fratelli Menghi , a renowned meeting point for personalities from the artistic and literary world. In Rome, he collaborates with artists such as Emilio Vedova and Toti Scialoja, exhibiting in various galleries and participating in the Italian Resistance.
After the war, Giulio Turcato decides to settle permanently in Rome , but in 1946 he traveled to Paris, where he studied the works of Kandinsky and Picasso. The following year, he signed the manifesto " Forma 1 " and participated in the National Exhibition of Figurative Arts in Rome. In 1948, he joined the Fronte Nuovo delle Arti group and participated in the Venice Biennale, later breaking away due to artistic and political differences. In 1952, he joined the Gruppo degli otto, a collective of Italian abstractionists.
In 1949-1950, he participated in Giuseppe Verzocchi's project, sending the work "Gli downloaders" for a collection dedicated to the theme of work. Meanwhile, his abstract style evolves, becoming increasingly unique and original. He uses materials such as sand and foam, creating works such as the "Lunar Surfaces".
Giulio Turcato participates in numerous editions of the Venice Biennale, winning various awards, including the Premio Acquisto in 1950 with "Miniera" and the National Prize in 1958. He exhibited in important museums and galleries around the world, including the MoMa in New York and the Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst of Munich.
In addition to painting, Giulio Turcato also dedicated himself to teaching, working at the artistic high school in Rome from 1953 to 1982. His political and social commitment, together with his interest in the biological sciences, shines through in his works, characterized by non-objective forms and an innovative use of materials.
In 2012, to celebrate the centenary of his birth, an exhibition was set up at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, displaying an excursus of his artistic production of over twenty years.
Giulio Turcato died in Rome on 22 January 1995, leaving a significant artistic legacy and a prominent place in the history of twentieth-century Italian art.

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