Marino Marini: Horses, Horsemen and Female Nudes explores the sculptural themes the artist concentrated on from the 1930s to the 1950s. The most important subject to Marini, and which he analysed most thoroughly, was the Cavallo e cavaliere (Horse and horsemen). Marino Marini modernised the ancient relationship between man and horse, creating a narrative where the horseman gradually and dramatically becomes unsaddled. Marini also oscillated between the classical tradition of the nude through his Pomone (Pomona) series and an almost caricature-like interpretation with the deformation of the shape of the body.
The exhibition was curated by Barbara Cinelli and Flavio Fergonzi of the Marino Marini Foundation, who are also the curators of the first retrospective of Marini in Pistoia, the Italian Capital of Culture 2017 and at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.
With essays by Flavio Fergonzi, Barbara Cinelli and Philip Rylands