Bice Lazzari

 

Italy - Venezia 1900Roma, 1981

Bice Lazzari was born in Venice in 1900.  After a brief period of studies at the Conservatory, she completed her training at Venice Academy and then on, for a certain period of  time,  at Florence Academy. Her first attempts, following an early figurative period after Venetian naturalism, turned to Cubism  and Abstractism.

In 1935 she moved  to Rome, where a real abstract movement formed only after the war. Therefore she remained isolated, although over the years she got to know Cagli, Capogrossi, Licini, Melotti and then the world of architects, starting with Carlo Scarpa (who was her brother- in-law) and Gio Ponti.

Elena Pontiggia writes :”...in Lazzari’s work it can be detected  a sense of fragility that is hard to find even in the most lyrical abstractists, from Licini to Melotti. It's a sense of thinness and, almost, of loss which is rare in Italian non-figurative painting. And not just Italian....In her works geometry does not express rationality, but melancholy instead. It seems like each of her lines were perfectly conscious they could be broken, interrupted, diverted, canceled... Lightness, which is the muse of our time, has one of the most convincing interpreter in her (and not coincidentally she was friend with another master of lightness, or better , of the "Superlight", like Gio Ponti).

By contrast in her work it can be found also an enumerated  wisdom, an idea of  persistent repetition as if it were a mantra. The sign reproduces, duplicates, multiplies, as an aspiration for the infinite that is always  defeated but never ceases to express itself. The vulnerability coexists with the will to resist.”

 

Bice  Lazzari  nasce  a   Venezia nel    1900 e   dopo   un breve   periodo   di studi al Conservatorio, completa la sua formazione all’Accademia di Venezia e, per qualche tempo, a quella di Firenze.

Le sue prime prove, dopo un giovanile momento figurativo nei modi del naturalismo veneto, si volgono al cubismo e all’astrattismo.

Nel 35 si trasferisce  a Roma, dove un vero movimento astratto si forma solo nel dopoguerra. Rimane dunque un’isolata, anche se nel corso degli anni conosce Cagli, Capogrossi, Licini, Melotti, e poi il mondo degli architetti, a cominciare da Carlo Scarpa (del quale era cognata) e Giò Ponti.

Elena Pontiggia scrive:  ”..c’è nei lavori della Lazzari un senso di fragilità che non si trova facilmente nemmeno negli astrattisti più lirici, da Licini a Melotti. E’ un senso di esilità e, quasi, di smarrimento che è raro  nella pittura non figurativa italiana e non solo italiana.... Nelle sue opere la geometria non esprime razionalità,  ma malinconia.

E’ come se ognuna delle sue linee sapesse bene di poter essere spezzata,  interrotta,  deviata, cancellata.

...La leggerezza, che è la musa del nostro tempo, ha in lei una interprete fra le più convincenti (e non a caso è stata amica di un altro maestro della leggerezza, anzi del “superleggero”, come Giò Ponti).  

Per contro c’è nel suo lavoro anche una sapienza enumerativa, un’idea di ripetizione ostinata come un mantra.

Il segno si riproduce, si duplica, si moltiplica, come per un’aspirazione all’infinito che viene tutte le volte sconfitta ma non smette di esprimersi.  La vulnerabilità convive con la volontà di resistere.”     

 

Education 1916 Academy of Fine Arts, Florence, Italy

 

Awards

 

1976

Il Centauro d’Oro

1968

Purchase prize for the work Bianco e Nero (Black and White)

1963

Banco di Napoli’s “purchase prize”

1950

Prize winner for La Vanità (The Vanity) in the Venice pavilion, Italy

1948

First prize in ENAPI competition for Decorative Art’s models

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

 

2016

Galleria Six , Milan

2013

Bice Lazzari: Signature Line, National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), Washington, DC

2011

Themes & Variations, (Dedicated room to Bice Lazzari), Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

2004

Bice Lazzari, The dawn of abstractism, Galleria Edieuropa, Rome, Italy

2002

Bice Lazzari, Themes and Variations, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy From Futurism to Abstraction, Museo del Corso, Rome, Italy

2000

Bice Lazzari, Matter, sign, measure. From Venice to Rome.

Bice Lazzari a hundred years from her birth, Museo Laboratorio d’Arte Contemporanea, The Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Bice Lazzari, Opere dal 1925 al 1981. Omaggio nel centenario della nascita, (Tribute on the centenary of her birth), Galleria Edieuropa, Rome, Italy

1993

Bice Lazzari, Per filo e per segno, Galleria Riviere, Milan, Italy

1992

Bice Lazzari, Galleria Arte Centro, Milan, Italy

1989

Bice Lazzari, Two seasons, Casa del Mantenga, Mantova, Italy

1987

Bice Lazzari, Bilder, Zeichnungen 1950-70, Frankfurter Westend Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany Bice Lazzari, Opere dal 1921 al 1981, Palazzo Venezia, Rome, Italy

1984

Bice Lazzari, Opere dal 1939 al 1979 (Works from 1939 to 1979), Accademia di Brera, Milan, Italy

1982

The ‘30s of Bice Lazzari, Galleria Arte Centro, Milan, Italy

1981

Bice Lazzari, Centro Comunale di Cultura, Venice, Italy

1980

Bice Lazzari, Galleria Weber, Turin, Italy Bice Lazzari, Galleria Civica, Modena, Italy

1979

Bice Lazzari, from 1925 to date, Museo di Milano, Milan, Italy Bice Lazzari, Galleria Weber, Turin, Italy

1970

Bice Lazzari, Paintings, tempera and drawings, 1925-1970, Palazzo Sturm, Bassano del Grappa, Italy

1969

Bice Lazzari, Fondazione Querini-Stampalia, Venice, Italy Bice Lazzari, SM 13, Studio of Modern Art, Rome, Italy

1964

Bice Lazzari, Galleria il Cancello, Bologna, Italy

1959

Bice Lazzari, Galleria la Salita, Rome, Italy

1958

Bice Lazzari, Galleria del Cavallino, Venice, Italy Bice Lazzari Galleria la Salita, Rome, Italy 1954 Schneider Gallery, Rome, Italy

1951

Roman Gallery La Cassapanca, Rome, Italy

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

 

2005

Still life in 20th century Italy, curated by Renato Miracco, Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art, Luxembourg, Luxembourg Bice Lazzari. Antologica 1925-1980, Galleria Arte Centro, Milan, Italy Filoluce da Balla a Boetti, da Fontana a Flavin, Museo della Permanente, Milan, Italy

2004

From Balla to the trans-Avant-Garde, a hundred years of Italian Art at the Farnesina in occasion of the MIART, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Milan’s Triennial, Milan Artist’s gold, jewellery in Italian art 1900-2004, Museo del Corso, Rome, Italy Italian female artists in the twentieth century, curated by Elena Lazzaroni and Pier Paolo Pancotto, Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Palazzo Pitti, Seravezza (Lucca), Italy Still life in 20th Century Italy, curated by Renato Miracco, Estorick Collection of Modern I talian Art, London, UK Liquid geometries. Four female artists in the story of Felicita Bevilaqua la Masa, curated by Vittoria Surian, Assessorato alla Cultura, Venice, Italy

2003

Kandinksy and the abstract adventure, organised by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Villa Manin, Passariano, Italy Artemisia’s cards, Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy Fiamma Vigo e Numero. Una vita per l’Arte, Archivio di Stato, Florence, Italy

2000

Artemisia. Dialoghi in casa d’Arte, curated by Vittoria Surian, Museo Gipsoteca di Canova, Possagno, Italy

1995

Art and Power. Europe under the dictators 1930-1945, Hayward Gallery, London, UK. This exhibition travelled to Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain and Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, Germany

1993

Venice and the Biennial. The course of taste, Ca’ Pesaro, Venice, Italy

1991

Masters of Modernity from the Collections of Ca’ Pesaro, Istituto di Cultura Santa Maria delle Grazie, Mestre, Italy

1985

Generation 1st decade, III International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Palazzo Vescovile, Riet, Italy

1983

The informal in Italy, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy Italian drawing in between the two wars, Galleria Civica, Modena, Italy The sign of painting and sculpture, Palazzo della Permanente, Milan, Italy

1981

Anfra hälften av avantgardet 1910-1940, it is the Swedish presentation of the exhibition L’altrà metà dell’Avanguardia, Stockholm, Sweden

1980

The other half of the 1910-1940 Avant-garde. Female painters and sculptors in the movements of the historical Avant-gardes, curated by Lea Vergine, Palazzo Reale, Milano, Italy. This exhibition travelled to Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

1968

VI Roman Biennial, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

1963

IV Rome and Latium’s Figurative Arts Review Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy Castello Svevo, VIII National Painting Prize, Palazzo del Comune Termoli, Italy

1961

Exhibition of the Association des Peintres et Amateurs d’Art de Tunisie, Tunisi, Tunisia

1959

VII Rome’s National Quadriennal of Art, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

1957

XI International Triennal Exposition of Decorative and Modern Industrial Arts and Modern Architecture, Palazzo dell’arte, Milan, Italy

1956

VI Graziano Prize, Galleria del Naviglio, Milan, Italy. This exhibition travelled to Galleria del Cavallino, Venice, Italy and Galleria Selecta, Rome, Italy

1954

National Exhbition of Abstract Art, Circolo Aristico, Macerata, Italy X International Triennal Exposition of Decorative and Modern Industrial Arts and Modern Architecture, Palazzo dell’arte, Milan, Italy

1951

IX International Triennal Exposition of Decorative and Modern Industrial Arts and Modern Architecture, Palazzo dell’arte, Milan, Italy IV Rome’s National Quadriennal of Art, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

1950

XXV International Biennial Art Exposition, Giardini di Castello, Venice, Italy

1949

Exhibition of Italian painting, organised by the Union of Italian Women, Florence, Italy

1943

Barcelona International Exhibition, Barcelona, Spain 1940 VII International Triennal Exposition of Decorative and Modern Industrial Arts and Modern Architecture, Palazzo dell’arte, Milan, Italy

1936

VI International Triennal Exposition of Decorative and Modern Industrial Arts and Modern Architecture, Palazzo dell’arte, Milan, Italy National Exhibition of Technical Instruction, Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

1934

IV Exhibition “National Market of Artisanship”, Florence, Italy XIX International Biennial Art Exposition, Giardini di Castello, Venice, Italy

1933

V International Triennal Exposition of Decorative and Modern Industrial Arts and Modern Architecture, Palazzo dell’Arte, Milan, Italy

1931

Exhibition of Italian Modern Art glass, ceramic and lacework, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands International Exhibition of Modern Christian Sacred Art, Padua, Italy

1930

IV International Triennal Exposition of Decorative and Modern Industrial Arts, Villa Reale, Monza, Italy

1927

XVIII Exhibition of the Opera Bevilaqua La Masa, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Lido of Venice, I taly III International Biennial of Decorative Arts, Villa Reale, Monza, Italy

1925

National Exposition of Brera (Biennal Exposition of Belle Arti), Palazzo della Permanente, Milan, Italy  

 

 

9 Aprile / 8 Giugno 2016  Galleria SIX  Milano  “la Fragilità e la persistenza”catalogo a cura di  Chiara Bertoni e testo di  Elena Pontiggia

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