Iginio Balderi | Open One rediscovers a great sculptor

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Open one has chosen Balderi to inaugurate a cycle of exhibitions dedicated to sculptors who have left an indelible trace in Versilia, working in the laboratories of the territory and feeding the local artistic culture and that for this reason are represented in Collection of the Museum of Sketches of Pietrasanta.

Iginio Balderi was born in Pietrasanta in 1934, he lived his first artistic experiences in the Father's workshop, where for generations the family is involved in marble sculpture. A pupil of Marino Marini, he graduated at the Accademia di Brera in Milan in 1959.

His artistic research places his first bases on the archetype of the "Colonna", and it will evolve over the years, passing from the ovoid shape (the egg) contaminated by the prism to the spiral.

In its earliest compositions the egg is still present, while the spiral is divided into segments, until it develops in height generating the series of sculptures entitled "City", all in marble.

In his last great work entitled "Esonartece III" (1993-1994) he finds the sum of all his artistic research: here there are in fact the column, the egg and the movement of the spiral.

From the end of 1999 he lives and works between Holland and Italy, in Colletondo where, after his death in 2005, the family planted an oak tree in his memory.

Iginio Balderi is present in the collection of the Museum of sketches of Pietrasanta with the sketch "city".

From Open One until July 22nd. Timetable: From Tuesday to Friday 15.00-18.00 | Saturday and Sunday 18.00-20.00 (Saturday 9 June: closed)


Every sculpture is for me a mysterious symbol of life, a sign and a representation of human existence on our planet.
Iginio Balderi