Figure in poltrona – Luciano Minguzzi
“Figure in poltrona” (Woman in Armchair) (bronze, cm 210×123) by Luciano Minguzzi (Bologna, May 24th, 1911 – Milan, May 30th, 2004). He attended Bologna Academy, he followed Drei for sculpture and Morandi for graphics. His research used to move inside a figurative art which was rich in expressive and existential hints: it was therefore able to suggest different solutions in terms of different combinations of volume, mass, space and light, by always paying strong attention to material and structural values (see the series of the Acrobats, the Dogs, the Warriors, the Lager). He received international awards (the Venice Biennale in 1950 and the São Paulo Art Biennale in 1951) and performed some monumental works like the door of the Duomo Cathedral in Milan (1965) and the “Porta del Bene e del Male” (the Door of Good and Evil) of the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome (1970-1977).
“Figure in Poltrona” (Woman in Armchair) is part of the production range of the ‘70s dealing with sitting subjects missing the end part of their limbs and featuring empty skulls. They clearly refer to the experience of the second World War, the concentration camps and the gas chambers.