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Set in the historical heart of Florence, the 16th century Bartolini Salimbeni Palace houses the personal collection of renowned collector and gallery owner, Roberto Casamonti. During his career he has collected works that range from acclaimed avant-garde artists to leading contemporary exponents: undisputed Masters such as Picasso, de Chirico, Chagall, Kandinsky, Guttuso and Fattori, as well as Kounellis, Fontana, Boetti, Burri, and many other famous artists.
To coincide with the opening of the collection to the public, Forma Edizioni has published the catalogue of the first exhibition, composed of superb masterpieces ranging from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1960s.
The catalogue, edited by Bruno Corà, describes the strong historical and artistic importance of this collection: the result of the collector’s strong passion for contemporary art. A second book will follow, describing the development of art from the 1960s till the present day.
Bruno Corà is one of the most known contemporary art critic. He came in Rome in 1960s, and organized with Achille Bonito Oliva historic initiatives like the exposition “Contemporanea” in 1971. A strong experience as a “fellow traveler” with a lot of artist that will become famous in Arte Povera and Arte Comportamentale began in that period. From critic militancy and curatorship of expositions, he started to direct public structures like Palazzo Fabroni in Pistoia, the Museo Pecci in Prato and the CAMEC (Centro d’arte moderna e contemporanea) in La Spezia. A deep writing activity (artist’s monographs and texts for countless expositions) brought him to the chair of Contemporary Art at the University of Cassino. Today he’s the Fondazione Burri President.