There are 258 works by Alberto Burri exhibited in two museums in Città di Castello. He was the one who decided where and how they would be exhibited before he died, leaving his hometown its greatest legacy.
He was born on 12th March 1915, went to war at a very young age, was a prisoner of war in Texas where he began to paint, and, as a result, leaving his career as a doctor. He had a house in Rome, another in Nice and one in Los Angeles. However the hills of Umbria were in his heart and where his roots were.
Alberto Burri loved to come back and meet up with his friends, those who knew him long before the world noticed him. 100 years later in Città di Castello, 12th March 2015 was a special day that officially opened his Centennial year, which will include the issue of a special stamp, free entry to the museums, a concert, a catalogue of his works and the town lit up in red. Minister Franceschini standing before Burri’s works said: “Italy is proud of Burri.”
Hundreds of people gathered beneath his house in Via Palazzaccio in his memory, which was perhaps the most touching and emotional moment of the day. Today Burri is a massive artist, but we wanted to remember him not just as an artist but for the person he was. We’ve listened to those who knew him and shared his passions, his fame, and his days in the country and at football matches, and the simplicity of a person deeply tied to his land.
There’s also more in this month’s issue; interviews with photographer Nima Benati and Angela Finocchiaro, the dancer Laura Massetti on point, the adventure of the contemporary Post Modernissimo and a colourful contribution by Giovanni Bettacchioli for Burri… to thank him 100 times again.
Happy reading, enjoy!
A big thank you to all of those who made this issue possible; specifically those who allowed us to make our small contribution to the Maestro Burri and allowing us to use photos taken from their private archives.