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arskey – Galleria Pace general catalogs of Remo Brindisi and Roberto Crippa

Source: arskeyMay 10 2018

Two important catalogs published by Galleria Pace: Gimmi Stefanini proudly remembers the value and sense of this great enterprise.
Author: Valeria Ottolenghi
Date: 01.07.2013

Location: Galleria Pace
Related Artists: Remo Brindisi, Roberto Crippa

Two important catalogs (the third for Remo Brindisi, the second for Roberto Crippa) published by Galleria Pace.

Gimmi Stefanini is proud to tell us about a feeling of pride that is part of the family - the creation of Galleria Pace by his grandfather, in a transfer of responsibility that, from his father to him, he hopes will involve his daughters as well - and his staff: in fact, the Gallery's commitments continue happily and tenaciously, with high quality projects and publications. “And there are always numerous customers”, adds Stefanini, who, still very young, had begun to organize exhibitions of great importance, coming to deserve even the Ambrogino d'oro. “With our work we not only protect the works of art, but we reassure those who want to buy, as a cultural and economic value together, works by the authoritative signatures”.

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Stefanini recounts the passion of his grandfather's and father's commitment, thus revealing its own passion, currently CEO and only partner, responsible for the Galleria Pace, which is also an auction house: the prestigious headquarter, in Piazza San Marco, in the heart of Milan, in the creative atmosphere of Brera.

Recent is also a new twofold great undertaking: the publication of the third volume of the general catalogue of the works of Remo Brindisi (1918/ 1996) and the second volume of the general catalogue of the works of Roberto Crippa (1921/1972),two precious, accurate volumes which, despite their concrete, practical function - to defend the authenticity of the works (but in this we can recognize together an ethical and aesthetic commitment) - allow a close, in-depth knowledge of the authors, following expressive themes and forms, stimulating paths of reflection on research and styles.

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“The General Catalogue of an artist - explains Stefanini - is the representation of his personality, of his world, of the inspirations and intuitions that have marked his mark. It is the mirror of the feelings and visions that have guided his trait, his belonging to a current, to a school, the unmistakable style that implies emotions and passions”. Stefanini himself writes in the preface: “He is called the painter of the 'Venezie' and 'Pastorelli' because they are his most recurrent themes, but it is reductive to frame Remo Brindisi only in these subjects, although they have greatly inspired his painting and in the many chromatic and perspective facets, have constantly returned in various periods of his rich production”: many examples of his multiple interests, the first solo exhibition, in 1940 in Florence, with the signature of Eugenio Montale in presentation to the catalogue.

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Gimmi Stefanini tells of the signing of the agreement with Brindisi in 1994, when the artist was already ill: they wanted to protect his works from the many forgeries that were invading the market, infecting it economically, culturally. And since then there is a committee of experts with the right of recognition of authenticity, formed by two members of the Brindisi family and two members of the Stefanini family, the same Gimmi president: a security for private individuals who own paintings of Brindisi, the catalog fundamental tool of study, knowledge and certainty guaranteed.

In 1989 Gimmi Stefanini becomes an Art Expert at the Court of Milan and, since then, an Office Technical Consultant at the Court of Milan and Monza, later becoming also an Expert at the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Swiss Public Prosecutor's Office of the Canton Ticino-Lugano. A vast competence, a living experience in the field.

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The first volume of the General Catalogue of the Works of Brindisi is from '95, the second from '98. And now this third, almost 400 pages, full of illustrations in color and black and white. “And there will also be a fourth later, at the conclusion of this extensive work of gathering of information”.

“Crippa came later - explains Stefanini - but following the experience of Brindisi. In 2000, the first exclusive contract was signed with the master's son. And in 2007 the first volume was published. And now we are happy with this second catalogue”. Also this - of May 2013 - is almost 400 pages, full of black and white and color images.
“Roberto Crippa loved space, the skies he crossed with his plane and which intoxicated him with light and energy”, writes Stefanini in the preface, recalling some of the words of the artist himself: “I see the colors of the sun, especially in the evening, at sunset, which is the time when I like to fly the most. Perhaps this can be found in my paintings...”. The vastness of his research is then remembered, complex, along multiple directives, using even the most diverse materials. Stefanini concludes the beautiful page dedicated to Crippa: “he died in his sky, perhaps looking at the sunlight that had inspired him so much”.

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Among the first pages of this second volume dedicated to Crippa is, with the important documentation of the bond between the artist and the Stefanini family, the Manifesto of the Spatialist Movement, 1948: “An expression of aerial art of one minute is as if it lasted a millennium, in eternity. To this end, with the resources of modern technology, we will make it appear in the sky: artificial forms / rainbows of wonder, / luminous writings”.

These catalogues are really very important, from many points of view, not least, beyond the knowledge of the individual authors, also for this historical comparison with experience / experiments, research that have produced a long trail of new practices in constant dialogue with the past, to compose and define our contemporaneity.


 

General Catalogue of Roberto Crippa's Works
Pages 400
Format: 24x32 cm (closed)
170 g matt coated paper
Cover with 3 mm cardboard.
Binding at sixteenth filorephic stitching
Capital in the same colour - round back
5-colour over-deck printing
Box with canvas ribs
Single thermal pack – box
Reproductions: 750 approx. b.n.s. and colours

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General Catalogue of Remo Brindisi's Works
Pages 400
Format: 24x32 cm (closed)
170 g matt coated paper
Cover with 3 mm cardboard.
Binding at sixteenth filorephic stitching
Capital in the same colour - round back
5-colour over-deck printing
Box with canvas ribs
Single thermal pack – box
Reproductions: 900 approx. b.n.s. and colours


(source: http://www.teknemedia.net/magazine_detail.html?mId=9649)