From 2 to 24 September 2023, there will be an exhibition organized by the Province of Lecco, and the Municipalities of Merate and Olgiate Molgora.

The project “Carpi Gola Frisia. Memorie di un territorio” (Carpi Frisia Gola. Memories of a territory) was born to remember the work and friendly relationship between the painters Aldo Carpi, Donato Frisia and Emilio Gola during their frequentation of the Brianza area and the province of Lecco.

The exhibition will be held in Villa Monastero of Varenna and it will be open every day from 9.30 to 19.30, from 2 to 24 September. In the Council Chamber of the Municipality of Olgiate Molgora, and in Villa Confalonieri in Merate, the opening hours will be on Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 12.30, and from 15.30 to 19, from 2 to 17 September.  

On Friday 1st of September at 20.45 in the municipal auditorium of Merate will be the presentation of the exhibition with the curator Lorenzo Paolo Messina.

The three exhibitions will illustrate three different cultural narratives linked to the history of the place in which the works will be shown. Olgiate Molgora will host a “dialogue” between Emilio Gola and Aldo Carpi with a focus on two authentic masterpieces: “Signore in bianco nel giardino della villa ‹Il Buttero›” by Emilio Gola and the “L’arresto degli arlecchini” by Aldo Carpi. The exhibition in Merate will be dedicated to Donato Frisia, but it will also host a comparison between the three artists on the Venetian theme.  

At Villa Monastero will be possible to observe an extensive comparison between the three Lombard artists and will highlight their common interest in the landscape theme. 

The exhibition will be enhanced with the publication of an ad hoc catalog that will explore the curatorial themes, realized thanks to the contribution of Acinque Energia. The exhibition will also offer to the public, for the first time, the work “L’Arresto degli Arlecchini” (the arrest of the harlequins) by Aldo Carpi after its restoration, realized thanks to the contribution of the company XYZ S.r.l. of Modena and upon the initiative of the Municipality of Olgiate Molgora.

The exhibit is organized for the centenary of the death of Emilio Gola (1923), the 70th anniversary of the death of Donato Frisia (1953), and the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Aldo Carpi (1973). The Province of Lecco, the Municipality of Merate and the Municipality of Olgiate Molgora will organize the exhibit during the European Heritage Days, to underline the need to not forget these three important artists.

In this way, will also be highlighted the cultural role of the province of Lecco in the artistic and cultural history of Lombardy of the late ‘800 and early ‘900.


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