Tornabuoni Art presents the double exhibition dedicated to Afro Libio Basaldella (1912-1976), better known as Afro. In April 2018, Tornabuoni Art Paris holds the artist’s solo-show in the heart of the Marais.
Born in Udine, from a family of painters and decorators, Afro quickly emerged — in the 1930s — as the most significant member of the School of Rome. From the 1950s, he travels to the United States and develops an Abstract art between American influences and the great tradition of Venetian colour. Close to Alberto Burri and Lucio Fontana, Afro is today considered one of the most important exponents of Italian Abstraction.
The show, produced in collaboration with the Fondazione Archivio Afro, presents artworks from the 1930s to the 1970s and the last room is dedicated to preparatory drawings of the monumental mural fresco Il Giardino della Speranza, created in 1958 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
The exhibition will be documented with a catalogue edited by Philip Rylands, ex-director of the Venice Peggy Guggenheim Collection. On this occasion, a study of the UNESCO’s fresco by Anne Monfort, curator at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris will also be published.
For the second part of the show, around 20 of Afro’s masterpieces will be exhibited in October 2018 at Tornabuoni Art London, with the aim of creating awareness and teaching Anglo-Saxon public about one of the most important artists of Italian Abstract art.