Gradisca d'Isonzo (GO)
The gallery houses the most important collection of works by Luigi Spazzapan (Gradisca d’Isonzo 1889 – Turin 1958), the “refined and diabolical” painter who was an undisputed protagonist of Italian 20th century avant-garde painting.
Coming from the collection of Eugenio Giletti, a Turin collector and a great friend of Spazzapan, the eighty-seven works of the painter are exhibited in rotation in the first floor rooms offering the visitor a suggestive synthesis of the artist’s career, documented in all its phases, from the end from the 1930s to 1958.
The second floor of the gallery is dedicated to temporary exhibitions.
Inaugurated on January 15, 1977 in the historic Torriani palace, seat of the Municipality of Gradisca d’Isonzo, the Regional Gallery of Contemporary Art Luigi Spazzapan was preceded by more than a decade of intense exhibition activity which took place under the guidance of Bruno Patuna in the halls of the Enoteca Serenissima, in the Bergamas civic hall and in the Dante Alighieri school.
The most important event took place in 1970, when the first major exhibition of Luigi Spazzapan’s work was organized, curated by Giuseppe Marchiori, the art critic and writer who over the years had become a frequent visitor to Gradisca.
This was how Bruno Patuna’s dream came true in 1977: transforming a decade’s exhibition experience into a permanent institution for contemporary art, a wide-ranging cultural project that sanctioned the happy meeting of collectors, critics, artists and representatives institutional.
But the real strength of the initiative consisted in the desire to combine a now “historical” figure like Spazzapan with the contemporary art of Friuli Venezia Giulia, which was intended to follow closely in view of the formation of an archive of the authors that he could have carried out for the first time a hinge role between two realities, the Friulian and the Julian, until then substantially divided.