With this fifth exhibition the Fondazione Braglia intends to propose an in-depth study of Anna Braglia through her passions by presenting the nucleus of works of art that she has particularly searched and collected and which from his passing away in 2015 to today, in the case of Giacomo Guardi (1764-1835) in particular, are being expanded by her husband Gabriele. The Angeli a Venezia exhibition presents to the public for the first time ever the most important collection of Guardi’s gouaches saved in a private collection alongside nineteen Venetian watercolours realised in the lagoon by Zoran Music (1909-2005) upon his return after World War II: three years after the first exhibition dedicated to the Italian-Slovenian painter, held in the Fondazione spaces, the public can see some of Music’s works again through this new key to interpretation. A painter and engraver, Music dedicated himself to an artistic exploration deeply rooted in his own time and inspired by the great European masters whom he reinterpreted in various creative cycles using a highly personal language. His return to the Serenissima after the horrors experienced in the Dachau concentration camp represents a return to life, to his beloved Ida, to the light and colours of the lagoon city, all emotions translated into very vibrant, Byzantine-inspired watercolours on paper.
The set-up incorporates an oil veduta of the Canal Grande by Bernardo Canal (1664–1744), father of the famous Canaletto, which announces the start of a new journey into the Venice of long ago, straddling the 18th and 19th centuries, that today can count forty-nine small temperas by Giacomo Guardi, the son of the illustrious Francesco; a very rare gouache by Joseph Baudin (c. 1692-c. 1753), and a Madonna con bambino by Antonio Guardi (1699-1760), Giacomo’s, which introduces a set of religious sculptures. Angels and cherubs intended as gentle “presences”, messengers/intermediaries between the earthly realm and the spiritual one. The portrayal of the angels has been a part of artistic output over the centuries, and for Anna, a fervent believer, they are objects of the soul.
Fondazione Gabriele e Anna Braglia, Riva Antonio Caccia 6A, 6900 Lugano | Switzerland