Photos and paintings 1920-1960
curated by Giovanni Battista Martini
catalogue essays by Paolo Barbaro and Paolo Bolpagni
With some hundred works including drawings, paintings, photographs, photomontages and collages, complete with historic documents from the archive dedicated to the artist, Florence Henri’s paintings are displayed in Italy, for the first time in a systematic way, parallel with photographic works.
Visitors are thus offered the opportunity to analyse the interaction between the different forms of expression and the comprehension of the artist’s path in its richness and complexity.
Born in New York in 1893, Florence Henri went through the XX century always following only her unconditioned creative spirit.
Only consistent with herself, between abstraction and figuration, experimental photography and collage, studio and outdoor work, her artistic journey stretches beyond apparent contradictions and constantly keeps a high quality level.
An artist in her innermost being, Henri masterly and lucidly gets possession of techniques and methods of expression which time after time fulfil her need to produce representations capable of going beyond appearance.
With this extensive exhibition unprecedented in Italy, the figure of Florence Henri, whose role of main protagonist was widely recognized in the art scene of her time, offers itself as a paradigm of modernity, as the achievement of a very rich subjectivity incapable of compromises, immune from social conventions of the time.
From London to Rome, from Paris to Berlin, from the Bauhaus to the Mediterranean coasts, the artists in total freedom pushed forward her research into her own powers and skills, freely switching from one medium to another with consistency and felicity of expression.
Florence Henri all images © Galleria Martini & Ronchetti
10 March 2016 – 25 September 2016
from Wednesday to Friday 14-19
Saturday and Sunday 11-19