(1901 - 1980)
Marino Marini was active/lived in Italy, Switzerland. Marino Marini is known for abstract equestrian sculpture, painting and drawing.
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Marino Marini (February 27, 1901 — August 6, 1980) was an Italian sculptor.
Biography from the Archives of askART
Born in Pistoia, Marini is particularly famous for his series of
stylised equestrian statues, which feature a man with outstretched arms
on a horse. Probably the most famous example is The Angel of the City at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice.
He attended the Accademia Di Belle Arti in Florence in 1917.
Although he never abandoned painting, Marini devoted himself primarily
to sculpture from about 1922. From this time his work was
influenced by Etruscan art and the sculpture of Arturo Martini.
Marini succeeded Martini as professor at the Scuola d'Arte di Villa
Reale in Monza, near Milan, in 1929, a position he retained until
During this period Marini traveled frequently to Paris, where he
associated with Massimo Campigli, Giorgio de Chirico, Alberto Magnelli,
and Filippo Tibertelli de Pisis. In 1936 he moved to
Tenero-Locarno, in Ticino Canton, Switzerland; during the following few
years the artist often visited Zürich and Basel, where he became a
friend of Alberto Giacometti, Germaine Richier and Fritz Wotruba.
In 1936 he received the Prize of the Quadriennale of Rome. He
accepted a professorship in sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di
Brera, Milan, in 1940.
In 1946 the artist settled permanently in Milan. He participated in
Twentieth-Century Italian Art at the Museum of Modern Art in New York
in 1944. Curt Valentin began exhibiting Marini's work at his Buchholz
Gallery in New York in 1950, on which occasion the sculptor visited the
city and met Jean Arp, Max Beckmann, Alexander Calder, Lyonel
Feininger, and Jacques Lipchitz. On his return to Europe, he
stopped in London, where the Hanover Gallery had organized a solo show
of his work, and there met Henry Moore. In 1951 a Marini
exhibition traveled from the Kestner-Gesellschaft Hannover to the
Kunstverein in Hamburg and the Haus der Kunst of Munich. He was
awarded the Grand Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale in 1952
and the Feltrinelli Prize at the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome in
1954. One of his monumental sculptures was installed in the Hague
Retrospectives of Marini's work took place at the Kunsthaus Zürich in
1962 and at the Palazzo Venezia in Rome in 1966. His paintings
were exhibited for the first time at Toninelli Arte Moderna in Milan in
1963-64. In 1973 a permanent installation of his work opened at
the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Milan, and in 1978 a Marini show was
presented at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.
Marini died in Viareggio. There is a museum dedicated to his work in
Florence (in the former church of San Pancrazio); his work may also be
found in museums in Italy and around the world, such as the Civica
Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Milan and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture
Garden in Washington, D.C. Marini's work is authenticated by the
experts at the Marino Marini Foundation in Pistoia, Italy.
The Italian sculptor, painter and graphic artist Marino Marini enrolled
at the 'Accademia di Belli Arti' in Florence in 1917. While he
was still an art student, Mediterranean antiquity, international Gothic
style and medieval Rennaissance had a formative influence on him.
Biography from Leslie Sacks Fine Art
From 1928 the artist made several lengthy visits to Paris. In
1929 Arturo Martini appointed him to the "Villa Reale" art school in
Monza near Milan, where Marino Marini taught sculpture for 11
years. The very same year, the artist presented his first major
terracotta sculpture Popolo.
Early milestones in Marini's road to public acclaim were a large solo
exhibition in Milan in 1932, his participation at the Venice Biennale,
the Milan Triennale and the Quadriennale in Rome, where he received the
first prize for sculpture in 1935,
In his figurative sculptures, Marini strove for archaising simplicity
of form which tended to be abstract. In 1941 Marino Marini was
appointed to the chair of sculpture at the "Accademia di Brera" in
Milan. Two years later, he made the acquaintance of some
important representatives of contemporary sculpture in Ticino.
Alberto Giacometti, Fritz Wotruba and Germaine Richier encouraged him
in his artistic ambitions and inspired his work. Returning from
Switzerland, Marino Marini settled in Milan in 1947, where he resumed
his teaching career at the Accademia. Angelo della Città,
one of Marini's major works, soon followed. The American art
dealer Curt Valentin gave Marini the opportunity to show his work in a
large solo exhibition in New York and a series of other exhibitions,
which brought him international acclaim.
In 1952 Marino Marini received the prestigious first prize for
sculpture at the Venice Biennale, two years later, the grand prize of
the "Accademia dei Lincei" in Rome followed.
These awards lead to many exhibitions in various European cities and
two large retrospectives at the Zurich "Kunsthaus" in 1962 and the
"Palazzo Venezia" in Rome in 1966.
In 1968 the artist was honored with yet another distinction: He became
a member of the "Order Pour le mérite" for services to science and
art. In 1973 a Marini Museum was inaugurated in Florence, while
the artist was dedicated the "Centro di Documentatione dell'Opera di
Marino Marini" in the Pistoia town hall, which documented the artist's
life and work.
Marino Marini died on August 6, 1980 in Viareggio.
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Born in 1901 in Pistoia, Marino Marini was trained as a painter in the great Renaissance art center of Florence at the Academia di Belle Arti. Marino Marini drew small subjects from life, such as flowers, birds and insects, and he also sculpted. Marino Marini worked intensively, experimenting with different materials, from terracotta to wood and plaster combined with paint, which Marino Marini also sometimes used with bronze in order to accentuate forms and express movement.
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In 1928 Marino Marini traveled to Paris where he made his début as a sculptor, studied with Picasso and other leading modern artists. Marino Marini also was a close associate of Henry Moore. Marino Marini later returned to Italy, settling in Milan and teaching in nearby Monza. During this period Marino Marini exhibited at La Mostra del Novecento Toscano at the Galleria Milano in Milan.
Marino Marini was strongly influenced by the suffering he witnessed in Italy during the war. In 1950, at about the time he was gaining worldwide prominence, Marino Marini described his work, as part of a "new renaissance of sculpture in Italy, the new humanist, the new reality."
Marino Marini's work has an elemental simplicity and has almost been limited, apart from his few portrait heads, to three themes: the female figure, the rider and horse and dancers and jugglers. All of these themes are symbolic, imbued with meaning and significance drawn from his own mythology. His typical female figure, the Pomona, Roman goddess of fruit trees and hence a symbol of fertility, is archetypal of the Mother Goddess. The rider and horse is a symbol equally universal and is often interpreted as man riding and controlling his instincts, the horse being the symbol of the animal component in man, often specifically, the erotic instincts. The third corner of Marini's personal mythical thematic triangle, the dancers and jugglers, are an extension of the overall optimism, which breaks through in his sometimes-cloudy vision. They display vibrancy, an attempt to escape from the restraints and impositions of weight and space.
Marino Marini gained international renown in the 1950s with three major exhibitions of his work in Amsterdam, Brussels, and New York where his "Great Horse" is displayed in the Rockefeller Collection. His best-known work is the large bronze horse and rider commissioned for the Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy. Marino Marini's working life covered more than 60 years of prodigious and prolific activity. Marino Marini has had exhibitions in almost every major city in the world and prizes, medals and awards were constantly accorded him. Though Marino Marini died in 1980, his works - sculpture, painting and graphics - live on, a continuing testament to a "Master" artist.
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