The painter Achille Perilli died – Culture & Entertainment

The painter Achille Perilli died – Culture & Entertainment
The painter Achille Perilli died – Culture & Entertainment

Founder with Accardi, Attardi, Consagra, Sanfilippo and Turcato of the historic Marxist-inspired group Forma 1, Achille Perilli, who died at 94, was a protagonist of the Italian art scene of the twentieth century and one of the noble fathers of Italian abstractionism. He died at the Santa Maria della Stella hospital in Orvieto, the Umbrian town where he had lived for some time in a house-studio surrounded by greenery, he was born in Rome on 28 January 1927.
Tragic chance has it that in three days, on 20 October, a posthumous exhibition will open at the Mart in Rovereto, wanted by the president of the Trentino museum Vittorio Sgarbi, with Lorenzo Zichichi, in which his art is in dialogue with Piero Guccione.
His stylistic code was the constant search for the use and combination of geometric shapes and bright colors, which he really continued throughout his life, investigating the forms of abstraction while maintaining stylistic coherence. “Perilli had – said Sgarbi today – a lucid and geometric intelligence”.
At the age of 19, in ’46, he was already painting: with his schoolmates, Dorazio and Guerrini, he organized the first exhibition of Roðmani student-painters held at the Giulio Cesare high school, the following year he had already switched to that abstract painting that at that time there were still few. His Abstract Landscape of 1947 is among the historical works.
Forma 1 was the first abstract group in Italy – and in Europe – after the war. “We found ourselves in opposition to the Roman school, which clearly dominated. The realist school was imposed by the Communist Party and therefore, in a certain sense, Guttuso became our enemy. With him an irremediable fracture was created”, he said in a recent interview on ArtTribune the artist recalling a memorable season of avant-garde and commitment, heated dialogues. An intense period like the following decade when Perilli with his artist friends, Totò Sanfilippo, Carla Accardi, founded a gallery in Rome, L’age D’Or, the only one that, in addition to doing exhibitions, sold avant-garde magazines international. Lucio Fontana invites the “Age d’Or” to collaborate at the Milan Triennale.
Since the seventies Perilli has devoted himself to ‘machinerie’, mutant structures, determined by an irrational methodology.
Always in contact with the most avant-garde cultural environments, in 1971 he wrote the Manifesto of the Folle Image in the Imaginary Space; in 1972 he took part in the establishment of the Altro Group; in 1982 he published the manifesto Theory of the geometric irrational. He has also collaborated on theatrical productions.
There are countless personal and collective exhibitions and retrospectives: from the one in Paris (“Achille Perilli. The geometric irrational” 1984), at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome in 1988, from the National Chalcography of Rome in 1992 to the Mole Vanvitelliana in Ancona. in 1998, at the Rome Quadriennale.
Achille Perilli participates in the Venice Biennials of 1952, 1958, 1962 and 1968, in this latest edition with a room dedicated to him. The last exhibition was held last March, an exhibition, organized by the auction house Cambi in Milan, in which works from the early 1960s, from the Comics series, are combined with the most recent canvases.
“With the death of Achille Perilli the world of art loses an illustrious exponent: a great master of Italian abstractionism, the painter of impossible and irrational geometries”. Thus the minister of culture, Dario Franceschini who clings to family and friends on this day of mourning. “His artistic production – continued the minister – has always maintained a close dialogue with the avant-gardes and has brought prestige and prestige to our country all over the world”.

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