Igino Legnaghi - Portal (1989)

Open Air Modern Art Museum

Morterone (Italy)

THE ARTIST

Igino Legnaghi was born in Verona in 1936. He attenda the Nani Art School and the Cignaroli Art Academy in Verona. When he is a boy he learns how to work metal at his father's workshop as a silversmith and engraver. In 1966 he takes part at the XXIII Venice Biennial, in the Decorative Arts section.

He makes a debut in in the middle of the sixties with a series of sculptures made of enameled iron and stainless steel, designed with geometric modules - cubes, diamonds, poles, planes, wrinkled plates - painted in yellow, red or black with industrial enamels.

In 1967 his first one man exhibition is at the Ferrari Gallery in Verona. Since 1967 he produces a series of artworks inspired by three fundamental formal elements - the plane, the cube and the zigzag band - using precious materials. The sculptures, made of gold, silver, copper, bronze or steel, pdescribe a direct relation with materials and colors.

With "Discorso ai margini" (1968) he sets apart from the pleasantness of forms, colors and decoration: made of corrosion resistant alluminium alloy it shows a minimal appearance.
Between 1972 and 1973 his work articulates spatially, with a centrifugal movement made of projections and relocations. The projectual and mental nature of the artworks is controlled by an automated implementation.

Since 1978 Legnaghi replaces alluminium alloy with iron and the automated manufacturing with manual soldering.

Large, oxidised metal sheets obtained from dismantled ships and impressive iron volumes emanate an elementary energy and produce a large spatial involvement, as planes architecturally intersect.

Between 1989 and 2001 Legnaghi teaches sculpture at Milan's Brera Academy. He lives and works in Verona.

 

THE MUSEUM

The "Open Air Modern Art Museum" in Morterone was created in the mid of the eighties by the Cultural Association "Morterone's Friends", thanks to the action of Carlo Invernizzi, The Natura Naturans poet, and his son Epicarmo, owner of the A-arte Gallery in Milan.

Morterone is a little mountain village, at the eastern foot of mount Resegone, near Como lake. Here, more than 30 paintings and sculptures have a dialogue with the unspoiled nature and the buildings of the ancient mountain community: among them and besides Mauro Staccioli, Rodolfo Aricò, Carlo Ciussi, Gianni Colombo, Dadamaino, Igino Legnaghi, François Morellet, Mario Nigro, Pino Pinelli, Michel Verjux, Rudi Wach.

 

 

CREDITS

Director: Liliana Carugati, Lorenzo Baldi

Photography: Lorenzo Baldi

Editing: Liliana Carugati, Lorenzo Baldi

Music: Martin Price - Tom Linden - Sonoton

 

TECHNICALITIES

Production Standard: Shot UHD 25p, Edited HD 25p

Camera: Panasonic GH4, Dji Phantom 3 Professional

Codec: .mov  Prores HQ e H264 50 Mbps

Editing: Final Cut Pro X