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Exhibition: "The variables of color" by Primo Conti at the Le Clarisse cultural center

from 27/05/2021 to 05/09/2021

Until Sunday 5 September 2021, the Le Clarisse cultural center of the Grosseto Cultura Foundation hosts the exhibition "The variables of color" with works by the painter Primo Conti, inaugurated on 22 May. The exhibition, conceived by Carlo Sisi, curated by Anna Mazzanti and Susanna Ragionieri, is part of the "Cultural work" project dedicated to Luciano Bianciardi on the fiftieth anniversary of his death and is promoted by the Municipality of Grosseto with the CR Firenze Foundation, the Primo Conti Foundation and the Le Clarisse cultural center of the Grosseto Cultura Foundation.

The exhibition offers the opportunity to admire important works by Primo Conti (Florence 1900 - Fiesole 1988), coming from the collections of the Primo Conti Foundation and the CR Firenze Foundation. Among others, Uomo col fiasco (1915) and Darsena di Viareggio (1915) and the futurist paintings La cocomeraia (1917) and Strada di Paese (1918). For Conti's art it is a sort of "homecoming": the Florentine painter, in fact, was very close to the Maremma. Between 1925 and 1949 he created two portraits of illustrious people from Grosseto, exponents of the Ponticelli family, and participated with some works in two exhibitions in Grosseto. And the daughter - Maria Gloria Conti Bicocchi - is Maremmana by adoption, because she is married to a Follonian.

"The project to dedicate a limited but refined exhibition to Primo Conti as part of a broader program, inspired by Luciano Bianciardi's" The cultural work "- says Gloria Manghetti, president of the Primo Conti Foundation - found immediate and enthusiastic consent from part of our foundation, which has always been attentive to initiatives which, through a serious commitment to research, make it possible to make known the name and work of the Master. This exhibition certainly responds in this regard thanks to the in-depth investigations of the two expert curators, Anna Mazzanti and Susanna Ragionieri, who are well acquainted with the papers, books, paintings and drawings preserved in the artist's personal archive, an essential contribution to understanding from the inside the genesis of an original artistic path. The initiative falls on the 110th anniversary of the Self-portrait, the first, intense painting by Maestro Conti, dating back to when he was only 11 years old: the Grosseto exhibition is a precious opportunity to honor that surprising testimony" .

"What remains, 50 years after the death of Luciano Bianciardi, of the myth of the province as a reservoir of new and spontaneous forces of renewal? The cultural center Le Clarisse - says the director Mauro Papa - asks for it by organizing the event “The cultural work” divided into three moments: past, present and future. For the past, this exhibition dedicated to the painter Primo Conti is set up in Clarisse, who is of central importance in the project. The artist was linked to the Maremma area and on the occasion of the exhibition his daughter, Maria Gloria Bicocchi, who in the 1970s brought the innovative experience of art / tapes / 22, an international laboratory of video art. The figures of Primo Conti and Maria Gloria Bicocchi testify to the historical presence, in a marginal area like that of Maremma, of open and avant-garde cultural experiences ".

he exhibition is open to the public from Thursday to Sunday from 10-13 and 16-19: to book, call 0564 488066 or write to The entrance ticket costs 3 euros (reduced to 2 euros for the members of the Grosseto Cultura Foundation, while with 5 euros it will be possible to visit - in addition to the Primo Conti exhibition - also the Gianfranco Luzzetti Collection Museum). More info: