Pablo Atchugarry: Spiaggia del Belvedere delle Maschere, Piazza Mazzini, Viareggio

8 December 2022 - 15 January 2023
"I think that all these vertical works of mine, these spikes, are nothing but a questioning, a going to see the stars, feeling them participating inside our lives. Like a prayer, an invocation toward the infinite," Pablo Atchugarry.

The Contini Art Gallery of Venice in collaboration with the City of Viareggio and the Department of Culture are pleased to present the en plein air exhibition created by Pablo Atchugarry, in Viareggio at the Belvedere delle Maschere beach, near Piazza Mazzini.

The Contini Art Gallery, which has always carried out collaborations on the national territory encouraging artistic and cultural dialogue, will propose in this prestigious context the installation of two wonderful monumental sculptures by the Uruguayan-born sculptor who has made Italy his land of choice.

Atchugarry is one of the most important exponents of the international art scene, in his hands "sculpture is life becoming eternal," as he himself says. His copious output of monumental sculptures can be admired in many countries around the world and has earned him participation in the 50th Venice Biennale and awards such as the "Michelangelo" prize in Carrara. It was the marble of the Apuan Alps that attracted the artist to our peninsula, but in addition to stone, Atchugarry has learned to shape light through wooden materials and elongated metal castings that seem to come to life. 

After the success of recent exhibitions in Venice, Pietrasanta (LU), Palazzo Reale in Milan, Forte dei Marmi and the most recent one inside the city walls of Lucca, Pablo Atchugarry's contemporary energy returns to sprinkle the Tuscan coast.

On the Promenade in front of the Belvedere will be two monumental sculptures on display. On an artificial dune will dominate "Search of the Future," a gleaming five-meter stainless steel sculpture that will reflect the intense colors of the sky mixed with the frothier colors of the sea, silhouetted toward a tangible futuristic vision. Instead, "The Flower," an abstract bronze casting typically developed vertically and painted a lustrous blue, perfectly matched to the hues of the landscape, will sprout alongside.

The exhibition is a reminder of the power of man and nature, a metaphor for the complexity of human existence. An example of the marriage of life, light and matter that will remain visible on the Mazzini Square waterfront until the end of carnival 2023.

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Selected Works