Quinto Ghermandi (1916 – 1994) was an artist from Bologna, professor and director of Accademia di Belle Arti. This year he would had turned 100.
The Accademia pays homage to this artist with the exhibitionQuinto Ghermandi. La leggerezza del gesto. On show many photos by Erhard Wehrmann, Archivio Camera, Daniele Lelli, Gregers Nielsen, just to name a few, which witness of Ghermandi’s life and activity. Videos and a selection of five bronze sculptures - some belonging to the Accademia and others coming from private collections, complete the exhibit path. Among them Grande foglia and Per traguardare il volo degli uccelli.
Ghermandi once wrote: “I believe in a functional sculpture which is part of the environment where we live”. As a matter of fact, he left manifold “public” art works to Bologna, such as the fountain at the New Pathology pavilion of Sant’Orsola Hospital, the Bull of the Galleria del Toro in Via Ugo Bassi, the sculpture group “La Famiglia in Piazza VIII Agosto, and much more. Many Ghermandi’s works are also present in public and private collections in Europe - mainly in Scandinavia, in the United States and in Latin America.
On the occasion, Biblioteca Salaborsa also celebrates the artist with a small exhibition - “Quinto Ghermandi. La scultura come poesia” featuring some books and catalogues.
The exhibition is promoted and curated by Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, in collaboration with Francesca Ghermandi and Graziano Campanini, setting by Scuola di Scenografia (prof. Enrico Aceti, Elisa Tranfaglia, Antonio Esposito and Gian Giacomo Cara). Catalogue of the exhibition “Quinto Ghermandi in fonderia” curated by Francesca Ghermandi and Gianluigi Toccafondo, with many photos and the texts by Leo Lionni, Giuseppe Marchiori, Mauro Mazzali, Bruno Raspanti, Nicola Zamboni.