The new exhibition at Bagni di Lucca’s ‘Atrium’ gallery in the Town Hall foyer is a fitting retrospective in memory of a great, sadly recently deceased, locally resident artist.
Many of Mario Bargero’s paintings are in the great tradition of the collage, a technique which first appeared among the avant-garde in the years around World War One. However, the technique adopted by the artist is entirely his own and is fascinatingly applied.
For me, the highlights were the sculptures often made out of unassuming items like bed springs and scrap metal but all transformed into a new reality which I would term neo-surrealistic. Each sculpture has a title which playfully describes it.
Mario Bargero’s exhibition was inaugurated last Saturday, March 26, and continues until to Friday, April 22, 2016. Exhibition hours are Monday to Saturday From 8:00 to 14:00 and admission as ever is free.
Something about Mario: he was born in Casale Monferrato (Piedmont) in 1935 and participated in numerous collective and national and international competitions from 1965 onwards.
In 1967 Mario held his first solo exhibition and continued with further various exhibitions of sculpture and graphics, together participating with some of the finest Italian artists.
In 1973 with the sculptor and painter Campese, engraver Di Palma and others, Bargero founded the ‘Aleramica’ cultural circle. In 1996 he moved to Tuscany where he lived in Monti di Villa until his untimely death in 2013.
It is very fitting that, after a short break, the “The Atrium” gallery, situated just inside our municipal hall, has reopened and with such a fine exhibition of Mario Bargero’s sculptures and paintings.