Farewell to Melotti: contemporary art critic, he worked at the Castello di Rivoli

Farewell to Melotti: contemporary art critic, he worked at the Castello di Rivoli
Farewell to Melotti: contemporary art critic, he worked at the Castello di Rivoli
Farewell to Massimo Melotti, critic and expert in contemporary art, who died at the hospital of Vercelli, his hometown. He was 70 years old and had been fighting cancer for more than a year: he felt ill two days ago while he was in dad with his students at the Albertina Academy in Turin, where he taught cultural anthropology.

“We lose a friend and a professor of great value, an ironic and discreet intellectual purpose”, the president of the Academy Paola Gribaudo remembers him moved. Melotti’s name is above all linked to Castello di Rivoli, where he worked from 1991 to 2016 as a management consultant, in the years of Ida Gianelli, and as head of the press office, again with the current director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. A fine connoisseur of the world of art and its dynamics, he had contacts with many players in the sector, becoming friends with artists such as Michelangelo Pistoletto, with whom he collaborated.

Attentive to socio-cultural phenomena, Melotti has organized exhibitions and written books on art criticism and sociology, after starting as a journalist in a radio station in Vercelli, Radio City. Among his best known texts “On the symbol. Comparisons and reflections at the beginning of the millennium” (2004), “The age of fiction. Art and society between reality and ecstasy” (2006) and, lastly, “Vicende dell ‘ art in Italy from the postwar period to the 2000s “, a detailed review of what has happened in the beautiful country in the artistic and cultural field in over half a century, with particular reference to institutions, groups and currents.

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