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On the evening of September 8th, I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Yemisi Wilson, at Pietrasanta’s Virtual Museum of Sculpture and Architecture, MUSA.

The evening was a lively get-together, and was well attended. We had an opportunity to meet with fans, colleagues and friends;  we were interviewed by Massimo Marsili the Museum Director who asked us about our experiences in Pietrasanta’s sculpture scene. Additional videos and photographs were projected on the Museum’s over-sized screens. Yemisi and I both had several works on exhibit. After the talk we shared a glass of Prosecco in the Museum courtyard. People were touched and very enthusiastic.

Here are some useful links:
My website: www.mariagamundi.it Yemisi Wilson’s website:www.yemisiwilson.com
Musa – Museo Virtuale della Scultura e dell’Architettura’s website: www.musapietrasanta.it/

And the Museum’s facebook page, where you can see more photos. www.facebook.com/musa.pietrasanta/

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Eight models from the Museo dei Bozzetti’s collection are on display in Cinquale di Montignoso, in the Comune di Massa, for the “L’ispirazione è il motore di tutto BMW Luxery Excellence Pavilion”.

On exhibit is a Roy Lichtenstein BMW Art Car and a one-of-a-kind prototype. My model (70cm, plaster) of  “The Observers” sculpture is featured alongside models by Giuliano Vangi, Pietro Cascella, Helaine Blumenfeld, Inger Sannes, Kan Yasuda, Igor Mitoraj and Nall.

The exhibition lasts until the 31st of July.

For more information, visit the BMWPavillion site, linked here.

The Museo dei Bozzetti in Pietrasanta has a collection of artists plaster models – and these, in a way, are the prototypes of the finished sculptures. The Museum is a unique glimpse into the creative process, and a wonderful art experience.

Visit the Museo dei Bozzzetti‘s website for more information, linked here.

A special thank you to Chiara Celli, the Director of the Museum, for a wonderful drive!

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maria-gamundi-modern-art-sothebys-auction“Sasso”, one of my Statuario marble sculptures was sold for the estimated price at Sotheby’s “Latin America: Modern Art Auction” held in New York today. The sale total of the Auction was $20,981,125 ; the Auction highlights included works by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera,  Rufino Tamayo, Wilfredo Lam, and Fernando Botero. Rufino Tamayo’s “Sandías y naranja”, which hung in Audrey Hepburn’s living room sold for $2,292,500.

I was so happy and proud to see the sculpture beautifully displayed in Sotheby’s New York gallery.

Click on the images to enlarge, and click here for more details of Sotheby’s “Latin America: Modern Art Auction”.

 

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I have the pleasure to announce that 18 of my marble and bronze sculptures are on view at

the Bel-Air Fine Art Gallery in Verbier, CH, until April, 2016.

The larger works are on display on the prize winning terrace of the
Chalet D’Adrian Hotel.

Visit the gallery web site, linked here.

The photo of the marble “Bather II” and of the “Dreaming Repose” in bronze are from the

Chalet D’Adrien’s Facebook page.

Visit the Chalet D’Adrien’s web site, linked here.

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Bel-Air Fine Art
Place Centrale 4
CH – 1936 Verbier
+41 (0)27 7712089
verbier@belairfineart.com

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Maria-Gamundi-Pietrasanta-Scultura-2015Maria-GAMUNDI-Premio-PietrasantaI am very happy and honored to have received this prestigious prize – it means so much to me.

This is the XXV edition of the “Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel Mondo” International Sculpture Prize.

I would like to thank Pietrasanta’s administration, the Mayor Massimo Mallegni, il Circolo Fratelli Rosselli and their president Alessandro Tosi, the vice president of Banca Versilia and Garfagnana Corrado Lazzotti, the art critic Giuseppe Cordoni, Domenico Lombardi and all the wonderful artisans that through the years have worked me. A special thanks to the Fonderia Mariani, to Maestro Enzo Pasquini, Nicola Stagetti, Ulderigo e Alberto Giannoni, Sergio e Marco Giannoni, Ivo Poli, Giovanni Gherarducci, Alessandro Maggi and also a “Grazie di Cuore”a Valentina Fogher e Chiara Celli from the city’s cultural offices.

I would like to thank everyone that participated at the ceremony and to all of you who have expressed your support from afar.

Grazie Pietrasanta!

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Here are some press clippings of the event.

“Premiata Maria Gamundi, a lei il XXV premio di scultura internazionale “Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel mondo””
Lo Schermo

““Porto sempre la Versilia nel cuore” una commossa Maria Gamundi ha ricevuto il Premio “Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel mondo””
VersiliaToday

“A Maria Gamundi il Premio Fratelli Rosselli”
Viviversilia

“La venezuelana Gamundi riceve un premio per la scultura”
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And linked here is the Circolo Fratelli Rosselli’s webpage devoted to this year’s ceremony.

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I am very honored and happy to have been chosen for the 2015 “Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel mondo” International Sculpture Prize.

This is the XXV edition of the prestigios award. It is given every year by the   Circolo Culturale “Fratelli Roselli” to sculptors who through their work promote Pietrasanta’s rich artistic heritage in the world.

Previous winners of the prize are:

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1992 – Igor Mitoraj
1993 – Francesco Messina
1994 – Giò Pomodoro
1995 – Kan Yasuda
1996 – Novello Finotti
1997 – Junkyu Muto
1998 – Ivan Theimer
1999 – Bruno Lucchesi
2000 – Giuliano Vangi
2001 – Stanley Bleifield
2002 – Harry Marinsky
2003 – Pietro Cascella
2004 – Jean – Michel Folon
2005 – Romano Cosci
2006 – Helaine Blumenfeld
2007 – Marc Quinn
2008 – Art Shonk – Joseph Sheppard
2009 – Knut Steen
2010 – Giuseppe Bergomi
2011 – Hanneke Beaumont
2012 – Girolamo Ciulla
2013 – Dashi Namdakov
2014 – Ron Mehlman

The art critic Prof. Giuseppe Cordoni will speak about my work. The mayor of Pietrasanta, Massimo Mallegni, and the president of the circolo Alessandro Tosi and the president of the BCC Enzo Stamati will participate. A concert will follow the ceremony.

You are invited to attend the award ceremony which takes place on Sunday,  the 18th of October at 10:15 am in the Chiostro of S. Agostino in Pietrasanta.

Come and join me for this special occasion!

 

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Each year Pietrasanta celebrates its Artigiani, the master craftsmen and women who work together with the artists to produce their visions in ceramics, mosaic, marble and bronze. “Homo Faber, 2015” this year takes place in the beautiful setting of La Versiliana park (some works are also featured at the Pietrasanta Pier).

I’ve worked in Pietrasanta for 40 years and have been lucky to work with and get to know some of the wonderful artisans in the city’s marble studios and bronze foundries. “Homo Faber” is an annual show that pairs artworks by some of the local and international artists who work in Pietrasanta, with the artisans and the laboratories in which they were produced.

This year I am showing three pieces, “Ninfea” (shown at top in the picture above) a bronze sculpture which was produced by the Mariani Foundry, “The Observers” – this is a 70cm high gesso model, which is in the collection of the Museo dei Bozzetti, and a “Selene” in porcelain produced in the ceramics studio of Ivo Poli, all located in Pietrasanta.

Visit the Fonderia Mariani website, for more info, linked here.
Visit the Museo dei Bozzetti website to learn more about their collections, linked here.
Visit the Ceramiche Poli website, for more info, linked here.

And you can visit my website to see more of my work, linked here.

Homo Faber 2015
from the 2nd of August to the 13th of September, 2015
La Versiliana park (and the Pietrasanta Pier)
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Here are some photos from the inauguration of my sculpture “Sun Worshipper” which took place last Saturday, the 30th of May, 2015. It was a great honor for me and I would like to thank Domenico Lombardi, Mayor of Pietrasanta, Italo Viti Pietrasanta Council member, Valentina Fogher, exhibition consultant for the City of Art, and everyone who came to the celebration. Many international sculptors – friends of mine – came to participate, along with some of the best artigiani who work in Pietrasanta. A special thank you to the Fonderia Mariani, the bronze foundry with whom I’ve worked for, for over 30 years and whose staff have become family to me.

“Sun Worshipper” (Adoratrice del Sole) is now part of the Parco Internazionale della Scultura Contemporanea Città di Pietrasanta, which is an impressive collection of works by international sculptors. You can find out more about the International Sculpture Park at the Museo dei Bozzetti’s website, linked here. Visit the Museo dei Bozzetti’s blog, linked here, for up-to-date information.

Thank you Pietrasanta!

I wrote a thank you note in Italian, which I share with you here:
“E’ stato per me una grande gioia ed un grande onore donare una mia scultura a Pietrasanta, una città che mi ha dato tanto. L’inaugurazione della scultura è stata meravigliosa! Grazie al Sindaco Domenico Lombardi, all’Amministrazione Comunale, all’Assessore Italo Viti, a Valentina Fogher, alla Fonderia Mariani, a tutti i miei cari amici scultori, artigiani, studenti del Liceo Artistico “Stagio Stagi”, al Coro Versilia e a tutti quanti che così numerosi hanno assistito all’inaugurazione. Ringrazio anche per il prezioso supporto all’iniziativa RestauroItalia di Camaiore, Autotraporti Maggi e la ditta Fracassini. Grazie Pietrasanta!”

The photos are by Colomba d’Apolito – thank you Colomba – you can see more of her photography on her website, linked here.

 

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I am honored and happy to announce that my bronze sculpture,
“Sun Worshipper” will find it’s new home in front of the Comune di Pietrasanta.

You are all invited to attend the inaugural ceremony which takes place
on May 30th 2015 at 12:00 noon. Mayor Domenico Lombardi will preside over the ceremony.

“Sun Worshipper” will become part of Pietrasanta’s wonderful International Park of Contemporary Sculpture. To find out more information about the Sculpture Park, visit the Museo dei Bozzetti’s” web page, linked here.

“Sun Worshipper” Inauguration
Piazza Matteotti
Saturday, May 30th, at 12:00 noon

 

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The exhibition “Le Forme della Differenza” at the Palazzo Ducale di Massa had a wonderful opening reception. Giuseppe Capozzolo of Arte 33, an arts television program made a very nice video of the reception, which you can see by clicking on the link bellow.

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I am happy to participate in “Le Forme della Differenza” exhibition, which starts tomorrow, April 30th, in Massa.

Pictured above is “Equilibrio” one of my works exhibited in the show.

Sixteen women artists are showing three marble sculptures each. The artists, hail from all over the world, and many work in Pietrasanta.

Christien Sielcken (NL), Cinthya Sah (Hong Kong), Elisa Corsini (I), Flavia Robalo (Arg.) Marta Cadonici (I), Inger Sannes (S), Julia Vance (N), Lucilla Gattini (I), Margot Homan (NL), Maria Gamundi (Ven.), Morgana Orsetta Ghini (I), Sarah Atzeni (I), Silvina Spravkin (Arg.), Sofy (F), Veronica Fonzo (Arg.), Virginia Tentindo (F).

The opening reception is TOMORROW, Thursday, the 30th of April at 6pm, and the show is in the beautiful Palazzo Ducale in nearby Massa.

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“Le Forme della Differenza”
International sculpture exhibition
From the 30th of April, to the 7th of June, 2015.
Hours: from 10am to 1pm, and from 4pm to 7pm everyday except Tuesday.
Palazzo Ducale – Piazza Aranci
Massa.

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I have the pleasure of being one of 18 Artists who live and work in Pietrasanta who are donating  art to support ATMO/FITMO a Venezuelan-Italian organization who helps Venezuelan children with leukemia to get treatment here in Italy.

The work I am donating to benefit ATMO, “Donna Sdraiata” (pictured above) is a terracotta – Maiolica, one-of-a-kind.

The artists participating are:

-Sami Burhan
-Gustavo Aceves
-Gabriela Malvido Oest
-Silvano Cattai
-Ivan Theimer
-Flavia Robalo
-Cynthia Sah
-Nicolas Bertoux
-Benone Olaru
-Valente Cancogni
-Aleksandra Gazda
-Oronzo Ricci
-Vittoria Romei
-Ramona Pucci
-Selene Frosini
-Fabrizio Del Tessa
-Beppe Fazzi
-Maria Gamundi

The charity art exhibition “Art x ATMO”…una mano para la vida…will take place at Agenzia “IKAROA travel and Books” – Via Mazzini 92, Pietrasanta.
The show goes from the 13th until the 21st of December 2014, the opening reception is this Saturday at 18:30.

To find out more information about this wonderful organization you can visit their Facebook page, linked here.

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“Soleil II” one of my sculptures, made of white Statuary marble, is on view at the Stanza dei Guglielmi, above the theater in the city of Massa, along with an exhibition of period photographs of the work of the marble quarries.

corsa3The exhibition is timed to coincide withy the “Campionato Mondiale di Corsa in Montagna” which takes place tomorrow, Sunday, the 14th of September, 2014. There are 800 athletes from all parts of the world, slated to participate.

To read the article which appeared in the Tirreno, visit their website, linked here.

The photo of the runner in the quarries is from the La Gazzetta di Viareggio website, linked here.

To find out more about the World Championship of Moutain Running, visit their website, linked here.

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The Wall Street International website has a piece on the ongoing Leicester Botanical Gardens International Sculpture exhibition. It features two photos of my “Ninfea” bronze sculpture, by photographer Steve Russell. Alan Cane writes: “Across the pond, Maria Gamundi’s NINFEA, brings us an enchanting detailed image of a nude women floating amongst water lilies. Finely finished, this is a delicate romantic work which provides a memorable finale as we leave the arbour.”

The exhibition continues until the 26th of October, 2014.

WSI_10_Maria_Gamundi_Ninfea_-_Copia_05224e_mlThe article opens with these paragraphs: “In straitened times, power of sculpture to inspire is explored at outdoor exhibition free and open to the public •World-class artists come together in Leicester for exhibition dedicated to Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester,
•45 sculptures by 33 internationally-renowned artists on display in 16-acre award-winning garden
‘A public exhibition shouldn’t be self-indulgent, it should be an effort to enrich people’s lives. Sculpture has a way of energising people – and I want to bring that to Leicester’- Helaine Blumenfeld OBE

Wet weather has turned the Botanical gardens in Leicester, UK, into lush, green areas which become backgrounds for this year’s captivating exhibition (June 15 to October 26.) The drama created by a large number of monumental bronze and marble sculptures joins the voices of smaller works which carry with them more delicate marks. The variety of materials and styles offers a sense of grace and power which stem from the artists’ preoccupation with ideas, intimations and materials. Its shapes and rhythms can, almost always, be read without complicated explanations.”

Read the rest of the article, and see more pictures from the show, on the WSI website, linked here.

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I have several sculptures exhibited at the “Espressioni dell’Anima” show. The show is curated by Simona Pesetti and features the work of other sculptors, photographers and painters.

Espressioni dell'anima-inaugurazione-PietrasantaThe exhibition continues until the 10th of August, 2014; the gallery hours are from Monday to Sunday from 10:30am to 1pm and from 6pm to midnight.

The statue of “Selene” pictured below is made of Maiolica. It was produced in the ceramics shop of Ivo Poli, in Pietrasanta.

The gallery space is located at Via 1 Maggio, number 8, in Pietrasanta. For more information about the exhibition, call (+39) 329 6705340

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The Botanical Gardens of Leicester University are a perfect setting for “Ninfea”.

“Ninfea” is one of my recent monumental bronze sculptures. I took this photo at the inauguration of this exhibition on June 14th.

The exhibition, curated by Helaine Blumenfeld, features the work of many internationally known artists, many are friends and colleagues of mine who also work in Pietrasanta.

The show, The visionary Landscape of Professor Sir Robert Burgess, continues until the 26th of October 2014.

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Maria-Gamundi-Le-Cicogne-Ristorante-PizzeriaThe beach season is just beginning in earnest, and I have several pieces on “exhibit” at the “Le Cicogne” Restaurant and Pizzeria in Torre del Lago. There’s my Bather in Carrara marble – as well as other marbles and bronzes.

There’s a welcoming toast tonight at 7:30pm – and you, dear readers, are invited to come celebrate!

And in the smaller picture to the side you can see me and the affable Angelo Pezzini, the restaurant manager. We link to the “Le Cicogne” fb page, where you can see more pictures of the work – as well as dramatic pictures of the installation.

“Le Cicogne”
Restaurant and Pizzeria
Viale JF Kennedy, 18
Torre del Lago
Phone: 0584 342321

email: lecicogne.ristorante@gmail.com

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“Ninfea,” one of my monumental bronze sculptures will take part in “Sculpture in the Garden, 2014” exhibition at the Harold Martin Botanical Gardens, at the University of Leicester.

The photo above was taken by Stefano Baroni, when the sculpture was exhibited at the Chiostro di Sant’Agostino, in Pietrasanta for the ARBS Sculpture Exhibition in 2011.

The sculpture was cast at the Fonderia Artistica Mariani in Pietrasanta. You can visit the Mariani Foundry website, linked here.

“Sculpture in the Garden, 2014”
Sunday, June 15th to Sunday, the 26th of October, 2014
Harold Martin Botanical Gardens,
University of Leicester.

For Hours and Directions, visit the University of Leicester’s webpage, linked here.

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Maria-Gamundi-Selene-Newport-News-public-sculptureA dream come true: after three years of work, my “Selene” – made in white Carrara marble – rests serene reflecting her image on the waters of Kettle Pond, as she gazes on the James River.

I was thrilled and honored to work with the Newport News Public Art Foundation on this commission. I had the pleasure to be present for the public unveiling – which took place on the 23rd of November, 2013. At the ceremony, which took place on a beautiful sunny fall day, I met some wonderful people. Present were also city council members, McKinley L. Price the city’s Mayor, City Manager, Jim Bourey, State Sen. John Miller, and City Development Director Florence Kingston. Vice Mayor Herbert H. Bateman Jr. and Elliot Gruber, President of The Mariners’ Museum spoke to the crowd. Bobby Freeman Chairman of the Newport News Public Art Foundation kicked-off the ceremony.

“Selene” is now part of the Newport News community; visitors can call a number, while at the park, and hear a short introduction in my own voice.

I’d like to give a warm thank you to Bobby Freeman, the Chairman of the Newport News Public Art Foundation, who was able to envision the finished sculpture on the pond, and whose love of art enriches the lives of so many, and  Carol Capó, the Foundation Executive Director, who helped orchestrate the project, and to all the donors who so generously gave to fund the making of “Selene.” I’d also like to thank the folks back home – in Pietrasanta, Italy – for their help and support: Nicola Stagetti and his able artisans who helped in the realization, and Valentina Fogher in the city’s Cultural Office, as well as Pietrasanta’s Mayor Domenico Lombardi for their continued support.

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I am honored to announce that my sculpture “Selene” will be exhibited in the Piazza in Pietrasanta for a special preview, before it’s sent to the United States. The Piazza del Duomo is Pietrasanta’s premiere exhibition space and the heart of its artistic life, and is very dear to me.

The time to see it it short – from 10am the 18th to sunset on the 20th of September, 2013.

Domenico Lombardi, the Mayor of Pietrasanta may give a welcome greeting at noon, on the 18th, but this has not been confirmed as of yet.

Photo by Giorgio Cespa.

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These are photos from the reception to celebrate the completion of my marble sculpture “Selene,” at the studio of Nicola Stagetti.

Celebrating the completion of a complicated or large work has been a tradition in the marble studios and bronze foundries of Pietrasanta. It’s a way to thank the artisans who were also involved in the realization of the sculpture and to share the piece with other fellow artists and friends.

Pictured in the last photo are Nicola Stagetti and myself in front of the finished piece. Find out more about Nicola Stahetti’s sculpture studio by visiting his website, linked here.

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Finally she is complete!

Work on “Selene,” my commission for the Newport News Public Art Foundation is finished. The statue is 138cm x 133cm x 220cm, weighing nearly four tons.

I will be celebrating its completion with my fellow workers – some of Pietrasanta’s famed Artigiani who work at the Studio Stagetti, who helped me in the realization of the piece.

I extend the invitation to you, dear readers, to come and toast with me.

The event takes place this Saturday, the 7th of September at 6pm at the Studio Stagetti.

Click here for a map with directions.

See you all there!

The television station Reteversilia covered my sculpture exhibition – the reportage is by Jacopo Mencuccini and is edited by Amine Boufaranne.

“Marmo & Bronzo” my solo sculpture show of works in marble and bronze, goes until the 14th of October, 2012 in the Sala Grasce in the complex of Sant’Agostino.

Art Basel Miami is one of the most important art shows in the Americas.
This year it runs from December 6th through 9th 2012.

Miami is a wonderful city and a vibrant art center, but it really comes alive for one of the world’s pre-eminent art events: Art Basel Miami. When you’re in Miami, make sure to visit the Artspace Virginia Miller Galleries!

I have a series of nudes – sculptures in marble, terracotta and bronze available through Virginia Miller – this is a link to my page on Artspace Virginia Miller Galleries.

ArtSpace Virginia Miller Galleries
169 Madeira Avenue, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33134
tel: 305 444 4493 fax: 305 444 9844
For more information: info@virginiamiller.com

Here is a link to Art Basel Miami Beach.

And here is a link to my website.

There are 10 more days to see my solo sculpture exibition in Pietrasanta’s Sala delle Grasce. There are 19 sculptures in marble and bronze on view in “Maria Gamundi, Marmo & Bronzo.” I am showing some work for the first time: one is: “Abbraccio” (Embrace) is a composition featuring a couple in a loving embrace. It is made out of statuary marble from Monte Altissimo. Other works are my “Ninfea,” a large format bronze sculpture –  as well as some of my “Bathers,” a series of nudes.

The show closes the 14th of October (below are the hours.) Contact me via email if you would like to see the exhibition during other hours, by appointment.
My email address is mlgamundi (at) Yahoo (dot) it

The show is open from 4:30pm to 8pm. And on weekends also from 10am to 12:30pm. Closed Mondays.

I publish a series of photos from the exhibition – there’s more to see!

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“Marmo & Bronzo”
Until October 14th, 2012
In the Sala Grasce
Pietrasanta
For more information contact: tel: +39 0584 795500
info@museodeibozzetti.it

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This is the PRESS RELEASE from the Assessorato alla Cultura in Pietrasanta – we reprint it  for “PIETRASANTA MEETS MARIA GAMUNDI” which happens in the Sala dell’Annunziata in Sant’Agostino, this Tuesday the 25th of September, 2012, at 6pm.

See you Tuesday!

PIETRASANTA. L’assessorato alla Cultura del Comune di Pietrasanta in collaborazione con l’associazione Amici del Cav organizza per martedì 25 settembre, alle ore 18, nella Sala dell’Annunziata in Sant’Agostino un incontro con l’artista Maria Gamundi.

Un nucleo di opere della scultrice venezuelana sono attualmente in mostra nella sala delle Grasce (fino al 14 ottobre). Un dono che Maria Gamundi ha voluto fare alla nostra città per celebrare i suoi sessanta anni e i quaranta anni di permanenza a Pietrasanta.

L’incontro di martedì 25 settembre rientra nella serie di iniziative che l’assessorato alla Cultura e l’associazione Amici del Cav hanno in calendario per i prossimi mesi. Appuntamenti con artisti promossi dal Centro Arti Visive e personaggi del mondo dell’arte. Sarà anche un’occasione per gli Amici del Cav di raccogliere i tesseramenti e illustrare l’attività dell’Associazione.

By Valeria Caldelli,
La Nazione

Maria Gamundí’s art is altogether feminine. Not only because she is a woman but because her constant search for harmony and beauty passes almost exclusively through the female form – women, whose bodies communicate a universe that tends towards perfection, where the curves smooth out all the angles and the shapes render light and almost “levitate” heavy materials such as marble and bronze. “Yes, it is true, men are not very present in my repertoire. Only sometimes I have sculpted them and they have come out as saints or devils …” Maria Gamundí smiles in her studio in the foothills of Camaiore – near Pietrasanta – surrounded by dozens of women, a bit languid, a little intriguing – always luscious and serene. They are all ready for her upcoming show “Marmo & Bronzo” which opens September 15, at the Sala Grasce in the cultural center Luigi Russo in Pietrasanta – and which will remain open until October 14. “I believe that the human body, male or female, young or old, is a perfect creation. I use the female body only because I feel closer to it, even if it is never an exact copy of the real. I always try to simplify the forms looking for the harmony that I am searching for.”

Maria Gamundí has lived for years in Pietrasanta, but her origins are half Venezuelan and half Catalan, as revealed by the accent on the “í” of her last name, such as is found in Miró, Gaudí, Dalí. Almost a trademark, or a mark of destiny, for an artist who also has painters in her family. But she has chosen sculpture, three-dimensional creation to give life to the beauty that is the soul of her art. “In the world of contemporary art there is often an attempt to attack, to shock the public,” she says. “I believe that instead we should surround ourselves with beauty, with the good things, so, through my work, I try to evoke harmony and peace. Whatever the trends are, I can only create what I feel and what comes spontaneously from my hands are images that represent my ideal of beauty.”

So who is the real artist, he who upsets us or he who caresses us, he who slaps us or he who takes us by the hand? “For me, art is everything that ignites emotion,” is the answer. “A work of art is one that surprises you, transports you, engages you, beckons you, moves you. I, for one, love Vangi because he conveys humanity. He is a sculptor, but he is also a poet. It does not matter whether something is beautiful or ugly. You can make a beautiful object, but if it doesn’t touch the emotions it is not art. ”

That’s why Maria Gamundí embues her women with the breath of life. “I’m very much a perfectionist,” she says. “Every step is a continuous reworking and I continue to work until I am satisfied, until I feel that the sculpture is alive. Only then I know I’m done.”

But an artist is never finished. And Maria Gamundí is always looking for new challenges which propel her creations from one material to another. Thus, “Marmo & Bronzo” is the title of her upcoming exhibition which offers us a close comparison between identical forms molded in different materials. And the artist comments: “Only their shape is the same, their lives are completely different.”

Visit the artist’s website here: http://www.mariagamundi.it/

Here are some photos of the opening of my sculpture exhibition “Marmo & Bronzo” in Pietrasanta. It was a truly great day. I was overcome with joy at seeing so many people there, from Pietrasanta and the world over.

I want to thank the Mayor of Pietrasanta Domenico Lombardi, and Valentina Fogher, and the art critic Giuseppe Cordoni for their support and their presence. A big thank you goes out to the Coro Versilia who sang wonderful songs and to The Trattoria Gatto Nero for the wonderful buffet they served and to the Ristorante Le Tre Terrazze for bringing the chilled Prosecco and wine.

A thank you to Stefano De Franceschi for taking these pictures.

In this picture, from left to right: Domenico Lombardi, the Mayor of Pietrasanta, Giuseppe Cordoni, the noted art critic, and me, Maria Gamundi. Behind me, two of my friends, Gabriella Pascquini, and Silvina Spravkin.

The lovely Cristiana from the Trattoria Gatto Nero serving the delicacies.

PIETRASANTA – É stato un grande successo, l’inaugurazione della mostra di sculture “Marmo & Bronzo” di Maria Gamundi, sabato 15 settembre nella Sala delle Grasce a Pietrasanta. C’é stato una grande partecipazione del pubblico – dei cittadini di Pietrasanta, di artisti e di amici della scultrice. Il Sindaco Domenico Lombardi ha dato il via alle festività che hanno anche visto il Coro Versilia partecipare – con musica – alla mostra che celebra la vita d’artista che Maria Gamundi ha passato nell’ambito artistico di Pietrasanta. La scultrice Venezuelana ha vissuto in Versilia ed ha lavorato nei laboratori di marmo e nelle fonderie di bronzo della Piccola Atene, per quasi quarant’anni. Le sue sculture sono una ode consapevole alla bellezza delle forme femminili, le sue statue sono inconfondibili; candide, luminose ed estremamente eleganti, sono donne distese, meditative, immerse. Con forme arrotondite, quasi astratte con spunti e finiture realistiche; in marmo le superfici sono lievigate quasi all’improbabile e i bronzi sono patinati fino a renderli specchi di una bellezza interiore condivisa con lo spettatore.

La mostra “Maria Gamundi, Marmo & Bronzo” continua fino al 14 ottobre, 2012, nella Sala delle Grasce,

Ingresso gratuito.

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(via Viareggino,com)