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Paola Marchi exhibition – Pietrasanta

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Paola Marchi and her work have appeared on these pages many times over the past few years (articles here) as she is one of the group of creative people here in the city who constantly strive to find a new way of expressing their ideas.

Paola Marchi was born in nearby Seravezza on the other side of the mountains towards the coast but moved here with her partner and two children.

She says that most of the references in her work as from Dubuffet and the Art Brut school but also cites influences from Basquiat and the painters for the Transavanguardia group – the Italian Neo-Expressionist group. The term was coined by the critic Achille Oliva in his texts for an exhibition he organised in 1979 in Genanzzano titled Le Stanze. The leading Italian Transavanguardia artists were Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, Nicolo de Maria and Mimmo Paladino.

This week Paola has moved her work out of the city and is once again exhibiting towards the coast in Pietrasanta in Versiglia.

Founded around 1250 by Guiscardo da Pietrasanta, chief magistrate of the nearby city of Lucca, Pietrasanta was a crossroads of artists coming from all over the world.

The origins of Versilia artistic marble-working tradition go far back in time. Under the Medici government, there were marble quarries opened in the nearby Alps. Many artists, including Michelangelo Buonarroti, visited Pietrasanta to learn skills from local artisans, work with them and get the best white marble for his famous works of art.

Many of them also donated their pieces of art to the town making of Pietrasanta as a real open-air museum


The exhibition “Le stanze dell’apprendimento” di Paola Marchi at the Sala delle Grasce del Centro Culturale Luigi Russo in Pietrasanta will remain open until the 13th May.

Paola Marchi nata a Seravezza (lu) 1975
Mi sono laureata a pisa in lettere moderne con una tesi in storia del cinema sui rapporti tra cinema e pittura.
Ho pubblicato un saggio sui rapporti tra cinema e pittura nel libro a cura di Marco grossi: “Giorni d’amore un film di G. De Santis”,Lindau 2001
Ho frequentato il corso di nudo presso l’Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara, ho effettuato tre mostre di cui due personali a Massa e una collettiva a Pietrasanta.
Il mio punto di riferimento per la ricerca artistica sono l’Art Brut (Dubuffet), Basquiat e i pittori della transavanguardia e in genere tutte quelle forme di espressione artistica spontanee e di matrice apparentemente elementare.

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