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Metropolis is the title chosen for Claudio Cionini's upcoming exhibition scheduled from Thursday, June 30-with opening at 6:30 p.m.-at the Galleria d'arte la Fonderia, on the street of the same name in Florence. Cionini presents previously unpublished works, most of them painted expressly for this exhibition.

Wanting the Maremma artist to return to exhibit in his gallery was Niccolò Mannini, who from the beginning believed in the quality and distinctiveness of his work, contributing to the success of this painter now known far beyond national borders. From his beginnings, when he painted the blast furnaces of his native Piombino and from Rust! Factory, City, Memory, the 2011 solo exhibition at the Museo Piaggio in Pontedera, time has passed, and Metropolis represents a new chapter in Cionini's introspective journey into the dynamic, modern world of big cities.

The theme of the exhibition, in fact, is one dear to the artist: big cities. Cionini, who paints in acrylics using a palette knife and almost scratching the canvas, presents them to us like a book with its pages lifted, and open, on a narrative that appears infinite. And perhaps for this very reason, because the tale does not end, his cities possess no definite horizon, but the 'narrative' converges toward an indefinite point, seen from an elevated position, toward which the ideal lines of the composition converge. Space is dilated, colors are ochre, gray, light blue and red, as usual, human presence at most is hinted at although it is felt: driving cars along the Avenues in the "Big Apple" or the Parisian Boulevards, behind the facades of office buildings and bistro windows, in the bowels of the cities where the subway flows. Without a clearly defined human presence, the viewer is induced to focus on the details of the city and thus to grasp, of each, the personality and energy it holds.

At La Fonderia, as Niccolò Mannini anticipates, we will travel as far as Paris, New York, London, and at least two other major cities that we will learn about on opening day. 



La Fonderia Art Gallery

Via della Fonderia 42R Florence

Tel. 055 221758



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Exhibited artworks

New York

100 x 120 x 3 cm

4500,00 €

Paris - Rue de Rivoli

100 x 120 x 3 cm

4400,00 €

San Francisco

100 x 150 x 3 cm

5100,00 €


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