Franco Rognoni from 13 January to 4 February 2024
Sala delle Colonne (Hall of Columns)
FROM 13 JANUARY TO 04 FEBRUARY 2024 Curated by Alberto Bernardelli Sala delle Colonne (Hall of Columns)


The exhibition consists of more than 50 works: large paintings, medium-sized oils and small works on canvas paper, mostly watercolours or Indian ink.

Rognoni's repertoire is all spread out from caricature to daydream. One could say that Rognoni with his work tells us the other side of the economic boom: the sorrowful faces of the dispossessed mixed with the sullen portraits of men of power, women of desire and vanity alongside pompous and ridiculous men. All in all, a pulsating humanity of desires not always fulfilled in the great grid of the city that mixes and confuses everything. Emotional colour, rich in moods and a witty, unmistakable sign, not without tenderness. If he could have, he would have drawn all his life. Placing a comma of a mark on the blank sheet of paper or canvas and then setting off on a story, the plot of which is not pre-constituted, but takes its cue from those first strokes, to which new ones are soon added by sum, by harmony, by counterpoint. These paintings are attractive for their colour and to be interpreted for the figures that appear here and there. Sometimes hinted at, at other times almost as a watermark in the landscape, they occupy the scene almost as if they were seasoned actors, revealing fragility and shyness in a context that is more dreamed than real, composed of improbable houses and alleys that suddenly turn, places and spaces that are accomplices and participants in human destinies.

Alberto Bernardelli

(Exhibition opening hours: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. 3.30 p.m. - 7.00 p.m. or by appointment on 328 5727 480).

Spesa oggetto del contributo nell'ambito del bando PNRR, Missione 1 – Digitalizzazione, innovazione, competitività e cultura, Componente 3 – Cultura 4.0 (M1C3), Misura 1 “Patrimonio culturale per la prossima generazione”, Investimento 1.2: “Rimozione delle barriere fisiche e cognitive in musei, biblioteche e archivi per consentire un più ampio accesso e partecipazione alla cultura” finanziato dall’Unione europea – NextGenerationEU“ – CUP: C64H22001410004.