Segantini "on the road" in Riva del Garda
Following the temporary closure of the Galleria Civica of Arco, home of the MAG in Arco, for some structural work, a selection of works by Giovanni Segantini (Arco TN, 1858 – Maloja CH, 1899) will be temporary exhibited in the Museum of Riva del Garda from 1 December 2019 to 6 January 2020.
They are part of the Segantini and Arco project, housed in the Galleria Civica G. Segantini, and the result of a virtuous collaboration initiated in 2015 between MAG and Mart, concerning study and research activities dedicated to Giovanni Segantini and the Trentino area.
A selection of works, drawn from the collections of the MAG, the Mart, the Municipality of Arco and some important private long-term loans, is on display here: his Autoritratto all’età di vent’anni (Self Portrait at the Age of Twenty), the only youthful portrait of the painter, is shown in dialogue with the celebratory effigy in plaster made by Troubetzkoy in 1896, while the large painting of the Campanaro (The Bell-ringer) contrasts with some still lifes executed in the early Milan years, before Segantini drew closer to the divisionist technique, which is instead evident in the canvas entitled L’ora mesta (The Sad Hour) of 1892, a gift from Segantini to the Trentino publisher Vittorio Zippel.
This small divisionist masterpiece has as its protagonist a fundamental theme in Segantini’s production, namely a feeling for nature, which unites men and animals, and which is also present in other works exhibited here, from the small Paesaggio brianteo (Brianza Landscape, 1884-1885), with its similar mood and sensitivity, to Testa di vacca (Cow’s Head, 1892), which is in all probability a study from life for the cow in L’ora mesta.
Like every year, the MAG offers its visitors a reduced price ticket of € 2,50 during the months of December and January.
On 1 December: free admission to the museum (first Sunday of every month)