Culture. Presented the programme for the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Alberto Martini’s death. Regional counsillor Corazzari: “Extraordinary and topical artist who brings prestige to Veneto Region”.

Events - published on 15 April 2024

Source: Veneto Regional Council Press Office

(AVN) – Venice, 11 April 2024

“We are truly proud to present today the packed programme of events celebrating the 70th anniversary of the death of the Opitergino artist Alberto Martini (Oderzo 1876 – Milan 1954), a Veneto native who brings lustre to our cultural and artistic history. One of the greatest exponents of European symbolism and the international avant-garde of the late 19th and early 20th century, Martini was an eclectic and enigmatic artist, oneiric and visionary, and above all an extraordinary illustrator of literary works: from the drawings for The Divine Comedy to the plates for Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories to Shakespeare, Mallermé, Verlaine and Hugo. The initiatives, all of which are of prime importance, will involve his hometown of Oderzo, home to the Art Gallery dedicated to him, which preserves the greatest heritage of works and documentary material, and will also involve the cities of Milan, Venice and Treviso, going as far outside Italy as France and Belgium’.

This was how Veneto Region Culture Councillor Cristiano Corazzari spoke today at Palazzo Grandi Stazioni in Venice at the press conference presenting the programme of celebrations dedicated to the 70th anniversary of Alberto Martini’s death. In addition to Councillor Corazzari, the conference was also attended by the president of the Oderzo Cultura Foundation Roberto Costella, the mayor of Oderzo Maria Scardellato, the scientific coordinator of the Oderzo Cultura Foundation’s celebrations Carlo Sala, the councillor for Culture of the City of Treviso Maria Teresa De Gregorio, and the director of Legal, Institutional and Human Resources Affairs of the Venice Biennale and ASAC Manager Debora Rossi.

“Martini’s distinctive style, characterised by a combination of realism and fantasy, has also influenced successive generations of illustrators by his clear critical attitudes towards social injustice, war and oppression. His work continues to be studied, appreciated and celebrated for its originality and artistic relevance. I would like to thank the Fondazione Oderzo Cultura and the Municipality of Oderzo, which will be the driving force behind the celebrations that will culminate in a major exhibition at the end of September. And I would also like to thank the City of Treviso and the Venice Biennale, which are involved in a network that has put their expertise and passion for culture, including art, theatre, music and cinema, at the centre of the intense programme of initiatives. I am certain that all these initiatives – included among the Great Events that the Veneto Region supports – will create a highly evocative itinerary for an extraordinary and very topical artist, much loved by the younger generations for his strong emotional charge and restlessness, and will add further value to the history and culture of our Veneto and to the promotion of the territory,’ Councillor Corazzari concludes.

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