The Museo is very proud to present La Collezione, an exhibit highlighting many important pieces from our Permanent Collection and some of our newest acquisitions. On exhibit will be selections from our extensive collection of works by Beniamino Bufano, as well as paintings and works on paper by landscape artists Gottardo Piazzoni, Rinaldo Cuneo, John Mancini and Luigi Lucioni, abstract expressionist John Grillo, and Italian transavantgarde artists Sandro Chia, Mimmo Paladino, and Francesco Clemente – and many others. Recent acquisitions on display will include pieces from the Italian ceramics collection of beloved museo member Alice Huberman, Palaces, Pavilions and Gardens by Giuseppe Castiglione, and The Falassi Collection of Saints and Allegorical Figures.
PALACES, PAVILIONS AND GARDENS BY GIUSEPPE CASTIGLIONE
Gift of Sheila Wishek and Vincent Fausone
THE FALASSI COLLECTION OF SAINTS AND ALLEGORICAL FIGURES
Gift of Alessandro Falassi
Alessandro Falassi of Siena, Italy, was a social anthropologist, author, professor and art collector whose life’s work was the study of festivals and rituals, social life, and customs. In 2013 he generously donated a rich collection of Saints and Allegorical Figures to the Museo Italo Americano. The collection was begun in the 1940s by his mother Jolanda Falassi, a recital pianist and organist, when she acquired a statue of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music. With an eye for anthropological significance as well as aesthetic value, Professor Falassi continued the collection, later acquiring many valuable antique figurines, such as the 17th century Cherubino Musico (pictured). His collection also includes folk art, devotional art, and finally, tourist art, an iconographic category launched at UC Berkeley in the 1970s by Nelson Graburn, anthropologist. Over twenty statuine from the Falassi Collection will be on display.
La Collezione will be on exhibit at the Museo Italo Americano from June 12 through September 6, 2015.