The Fausto Melotti (1901-1986) exhibition was prompted by a recent donation of 132 works, in the form of engravings, litographs and books.
In a selection from the latest donation, along with 41 drawings on loan from the Archivio Fausto Melotti in Milan and two sculptures from private collections, the exhibition retraces the essence of Melotti’s thought, from his artistic debut in the 1920s to the height of his maturity. Born in Rovereto, his childhood and adolescence were spent in Trentino and Florence. He graduated in engineering in Milan and then attended the Accademia di Brera’s sculpture class. Fausto Melotti never forgot those years of preparation, split between studying mathematics and the classics, a love of art and practising music. The drawings of the 1920s and 1930s stem from these paths of development and record his adherence to abstract art. So, classical subjects and myths such as Hermes, Euridice, Orfeo (1926), interpreted with an original spirit but aware of the contemporary metaphysical movements, alternate with inventions that are more a reflection of the mathematical-engineering component in his education and the constant influence of the musical language and structures. The pieces, chosen from those donated to the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe, reiterate the precise geometry linked to 1930s’ abstract art and the linear approach typical of the sculptures from his later years.