IGOR MITORAJ - Exhibition of sculptures at the Trajan's Markets - Mercati Traianei - Rome

 

 

 

Igor Mitoraj (Polish b. 1944 -)

Igor Mitoraj was born in Oederan in 1944 to Polish parents. He commenced his artistic studies at the Cracow School of Art and then became a student of Tadeusz Kantor at the Academy of Fine Arts. He exhibited his work for the first time in 1967 at the Krystofory Gallery in Cracow, and then, on the advice of Kantor, left Poland to pursue his own expressive goals in greater freedom. Mitoraj left for Paris and briefly studied at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, where he was greatly accepted into the artistic milieu during the tumultuous student unrest of 1968. Widely traveled, Mitoraj absorbed the influences of sculptural technique from Greece, New York, Central America, and Italy.

He has been commissioned for many monuments including the marble Omaggio a De Sabata for the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Sculpture Fountain for the Coca-Cola Foundation in the USA, and his work Tindaro may be seen in Paris at La Defense. Mitoraj's sculptures are now to be found in the most important public and private collections of contemporary art. In 1995 the monumental sculpture Thsuki-No-Hikari was acquired by the British Museum.

Igor Mitoraj was born, of Polish parents, in Oederan, Germany, in 1944. Having studied art at Cracow Art School, he enters the Cracow Academy of Art, where he receives a classically-based training under the painter Tadeusz Kantor. In Poland he exhibits his paintings at several joint expositions and holds his first one-man exhibition at the Gallery Krysztofory in Cracow. In 1968, he moves to Paris, where he continues to study at the National School of Art. At about this time, fascinated by the ancient culture of South America, Mitoraj leaves for Mexico, where he spends a year painting and travelling around the country. During this year he begins to sculpt. In 1974 he returns to Paris. During 1975 he proposes his work in two joint sculpture exhibitions and in 1976 he holds his first major one-man exhibition at the Gallery La Hune. After this first success, he realises that he is above all a sculptor and he decides to devote himself entirely to sculpture. He spends several months in New York, where he can breathe the atmosphere of the contemporary art scene and he travels regularly to Greece in order to study its artistic heritage. Until this time Mitoraj has worked only in terra-cotta or bronze, but, in 1979, on a visit to Carrara in Italy, he discovers that marble is an ideal medium for his work. In 1983 he set up a studio in Pietrasanta, near Carrara. Today, Igor Mitoraj divides his time between France and Italy.

CENNI BIOGRAFICI


1944
Nasce il 26 marzo a Oederan in Germania da genitori polacchi

1959
Studia all'Accademia di Belle Arti di Cracovia seguendo, negli ultimi anni, corsi di pittura tenuti da Tadeusz Kantor

1967
Tiene la sua prima mostra personale di pittura a Cracovia presso la Galerie Krzysztofory

1968
Si trasferisce a Parigi e si iscrive al'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts

1970
Trascorre un anno in Messico durante il quale abbandona la pittura per dedicarsi esclusivamente alla scultura

1976
Tiene la sua prima mostra personale dedicata alla produzione scultorea a Parigi presso la Galerie La Hune.
Apre a Parigi uno studio per la lavorazione di terracotta e bronzo

1976/1980
Partecipa a numerose mostre collettive ottenendo prestigiosi riconoscimenti fra cui il Premio della Scultura di Montrouge

1979
Recatosi per la prima volta a Pietrasanta (Carrara) inizia a lavorare con il marmo

1981
Partecipa ad una mostra collettiva a Parigi presso il Salon de Mai

1983
Apre uno studio a Pietrasanta

1985
Espone a Roma presso il Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo

1986
Partecipa alla 42ma Biennale Internazionale d'Arte di Venezia, con una sala personale

1987
Tiene una personale a Milano presso la Compagnia del Disegno: Igor Mitoraj - Sculture 1987

1989
Espone a New York presso la Academy of Art in una mostra personale: Igor Mitoraj - Sculptures 1989

2001
Diventa cittadino onorario di Pietrasanta ed ottiene come riconoscimento alla carriera il Premio Vittorio de Sica.


BIBLIOGRAFIA SCELTA

F. Jaunin, J. Russel Taylor, G. Cortenova, Igor Mitoraj, nouvelle mytologie, catalogo della mostra, Musée Olympique, Losanna, 2001
D. Kuspit, G. Soavi, J. Zugawagoitia, Mitoraj Sculture, catalogo della mostra, Galleria Contini, Cortina d'Ampezzo,1998
A. Echeverria, F. Gualdoni, J. Zugazagoitia, Mitoraj. il Giardino delle Muse, catalogo della mostra, Biblioteca di via Senato, Milano, 1997
R. Chiappini, R. Rocchi, Sculture, Sculptures: Scambio culturale tra il Principato di Monaco e la Città di Lugano, catalogo della mostra, Lugano, Piazza Riforma, 1996
D. Kuspit, Igor Mitoraj, catalogo della mostra, Marisa Del Re Gallery, New York, 1995
J. Putnam, Time Machine, catalogo della mostra, The British Museum, Londra, 1994
R. Rosenblum, G. Testori, Igor Mitoraj-Sculptures and Drawings, catalogo della mostra, The Gerald Peters Gallery, Dallas 1990.

1985
Igor Mitoraj - Sculture
Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, Roma
Testi: Maurizio Calvesi, Alberto Bevilacqua, Vittorio Sgarbi, Marisa Vescovo
Igor Mitoraj - Sculture
Compagnia del Disegno, Milano
Testi: Vittorio Sgarbi

1986
Igor Mitoraj - Sculture
Museo Castello Dell'Imperatore, Prato
Testi: Giovanni Testori
Igor Mitoraj - Sculture 1976-1986
Galerie La Hune, Parigi
Testi: Claudio Malberti

Igor Mitoraj - Sculture 1987
Compagnia del Disegno, Milano
Testi: Giovanni Tesori

1989
Igor Mitoraj
Gallerie Sala Gaspar, Barcellona
Testi: Maria Aurelia Capmany
Igor Mitoraj - Scultures 1989
New York Academy of Art
Testi: Robert Rosenblum
Mitoraj - Sculture e Disegni
Rocca Malatestiana, Cesena
Testi: Maurizio Cecchetti, Giovanni Testori

1990
Igor Mitoraj - Sculptures and Drawings
The Gerald Peter's Gallery, Dallas
Testi: Robert Rosenblum, Giovanni Testori

1991
Tetes de Igor Mitoraj
Galerie JGM, Paris
Testi: Donald Kuspit
Igor Mitoraj
Castello Sforzesco, Milano
Testi: Donald Kuspit, Giovanni Testori

1992
Igor Mitoraj
Yorkshine Sculpture Park, Leeds
Testi: Peter Murray, John Russel Taylor

1994
Time Machine
The British Museum, London
Testi: James Putnam

1995
Igor Mitoraj - Immagini della città
Macerata
Testi: Italo Tommasoni
Igor Mitoraj - Bitter Tear of Aphrodite
Marisa Del Re Gallery, New York
Testi: Donald Kuspit
Igor Mitoraj
Centro Cultural Casa del Cordon, Burgos
Testi: Peter Murray, Antonio Gala, John Russel Taylor
Igor Mitoraj
Galleria Pier Giuseppe Carini, Prato
Testi: Giovanni Testori, Donald Kuspit

1996
Igor Mitoraj - Gli dei sono ancora qui
Siracusa
Testi: Gesualdo Bufalino, Roberto Ciuni, Giorgio Soavi
Igor Mitoraj - The Bitter Tears of Aphrodite
Bath
Testi: John Russel Taylor

1997
Igor Mitoraj Raadselachtige Schoonheid
Museum Beelden Aan Zee, Scheveningen
Testi: Donald Kuspit, Robert Lunsingh Scheurleer
Mitoraj - Il Giardino delle Muse
Biblioteca di via Senato, Milano
Testi: Julian Zugazagoitia, Flaminio Gualdoni, Adolfo Echeverria
Mitoraj - Sculture
Galleria Contini e Vecchiato, Forte dei Marmi
Testi: Giorgio Soavi

1998
L'ombra degli Dei
Milano
Testi: Di Stefano
Glancing at the century
Athene
Igor Mitoraj
Frankfurt
Testi: Kuspit, Mosebach, Vagheggi
Mitoraj Sculture
Cortina d'Ampezzo
Testi: Kuspit, Soavi, Zugazagoitia

1999
Igor Mitoraj - Dei ed Eroi
Museo Archeologico Nazionale e Museo Giardino di Boboli, Firenze
Testi: Maurizio Calvesi, Donald Kuspit, Mario Lolli Ghetti, Litta Maria Medri, Antonio Paolucci.

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