MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART

Il Ponte Auction House is pleased to present the spring auction of Modern and Contemporary Art. It is an unmissable appointment. The sale will offer a rich and diversified selection of Italian and international artists, such as Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti, Enrico Castellani, Alighiero Boetti, Gastone Novelli, Carol Rama, Vincenzo Agnetti, Mimmo Rotella, Gianfranco Baruchello, Agostino Bonalumi, Emilio Scanavino, Osvaldo Licini, Enrico Prampolini, Valerio Adami. Among the most important foreign authors, worthy to be remarked are François Morellet, Roberto Matta, Joan Miró, Christo, Serge Poliakoff, Hans Hartung, Victor Brauner, Max Ernst, Tom Wesselman, Ed Ruscha, Victor Vasarely.

The section dedicated to early 20th-century Italian painting will be the core of the auction, and will boast masterpieces of the leading artists.

Among the highlights, we wish mention "Notturno n.2", a very rare work by Osvaldo Licini dated 1932, displayed at the artist's first exhibition in 1935 at the Galleria Il Milione; "Natura morta con manichino", by Fausto Pirandello inspired by metaphysics, and "Eva", an important work by Achille Funi created in 1919, displayed a number of times and published.

Futurist painting, on the other hand, is represented by the unpublished masterpiece of Enrico Prampolini "Sensazione cromatica di giardino" dated 1914; by the same artist a large canvas of 1930 exhibited at the XVII Bienniale Internazionale d'Arte in Venice, along with two works on paper by Balla, a 1915 canvas by Baldessarri and a historical Fillia dated 1925.

Among the masterpieces of Italian informal painting, the beautiful "Terra verde" by Renato Birolli, work of the Cinque Terre series performed in 1957. Standing out above the others, "Il Trionfo della morte" by Emilio Scanavino, oil on canvas, cm 200x300 executed in 1961, a disruptive, exciting work worthy of a museum.

By Gastone Novelli 2 canvases, one of which large and many times exhibited in private and museum exhibitions.

To be acknowledged in the catalogue the set of works by the group Forma 1 coming from an important Roman collection and including historical works by Giulio Turcato, Carla Accardi and Antonio Sanfilippo.

As with every appointment, sculpture occupies a prominent part in the catalogue. Among the many masterpieces, we cite "Spirale", a brass by Fausto Melotti 192 cm in height, a polychrome ceramic "Crocifisso" by Lucio Fontana, an iron by Ettore Colla and a large gesso by Mitoraj.

One of the peculiarities of this spring sale will also be the presence of female artists who worked in Italy in the late 20th-century, such as Carol Rama, Bice Lazzari, Irma Blank.

Lastly, it is impossible not to mention the precious sheet by Lucio Fontana, a "Concetto Spaziale" dated 1959 with holes, graffiti and enamel, two rare tapestries by Alighiero Boetti of 1979 and two historical canvases: Enrico Castellani "Superficie bianca - 2 - II - "of 1977 and Agostino Bonalumi " Rosso "of 1961.

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