BACK TO ITALY
Back to Italy is Flavio Gianassi's project for his stand for the 2020 edition of Flashback in Turin. An imaginary journey that, in a few steps, wants to cross Italy from North to South.
The oldest work is a virile torso from Roman times, datable between the first and second centuries AD, from an English collection, as opposed to an Achrome by Piero Manzoni from the early 1960s.
The real "Back to Italy" is the return to Italy, where were missing for more than two centuries, of two important paintings on panel by the Pisan painter Cecco di Pietro (Pisa, 1330 - 1402). Depicting Saint Rainerius and a Saint Ambrose, they come from the Church of San Francesco in Pisa, of which Saint Rainerius is patron. Together with two other saints, Simone and Pietro, and the Madonna and Child preserved in the Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen, they complete the altarpiece created by the Pisan artist in 1378 and commissioned by the bankers and merchants family of the Sancasciani.
Two paintings on copper by Franz de Paula Ferg, an 18th-century Austrian painter, pay homage to the Italian popular culture that with its festivals and dances were a source of inspiration for the painters from across the Alps. Coming from Rudolf von Gutmann's collection, the two paintings were confiscated by the Nazis in 1938, hidden in the salt mines of Alt Aussee along with other masterpieces, and returned to the family in 1947.
A further homage to Italian culture is the Leda and Swan, from Picture in the Junk (2009), by Vik Muñoz, who uses trash to create artworks inspired by old masters, as in this case, by Leonardo.
Finally this is a return to Italy for Flavio Gianassi as well who, for his first fair, chooses Turin and Flashback.
More info at: www.flashback.to.it