the exhibition "AD ACQUA. L’acquarello all’Accademia Albertina e in Piemonte dal Novecento a oggi", curated by Marcella Pralormo, director of the Pinacoteca Agnelli and Daniele Gay, professor of graphic techniques of the Albertina Academy. In Piemonte there is a tradition of watercolor that sinks its roots in the '800, when the watercolor technique spreads from England and is brought to very high levels in Piemonte by artists such as Bagetti and De Gubernatis. The tradition continues in the '900 and up to the present day: the exhibition aims to tell how this technique is alive and current today and how it was practiced by teachers and pupils of the Albertina Academy and many Turin artists, telling their development from the second half of the '900 till today.
The exhibition begins with the generation of the great masters of the watercolor of the second half of the '900: Mario Calandri, Sergio Saroni, Giacomo Soffiantino, Francesco Franco. These artists have helped to innovate the watercolor, each with an original and specific language. Thanks to them, watercolor acquires meaning and expresses contemporary contents and themes. Calandri renews the still life, Saroni and Soffiantino are dedicated to landscape and nature painting through tangled signs and new textures; Francesco Franco revisits the landscape in an introspective sense, poised between abstraction and figuration.
Some examples of Piedmontese artists will be on display, concentrating on grasping the simplicity of nature, landscape and objects: Francesco Casorati, Ettore Fico, Francesco Tabusso, Mauro Chessa and Nando Eandi.
The exhibition will present watercolors of different genres: from the carnet de voyage, to the natural watercolor, from the portrait to the landscape, from interior paintings to abstract watercolors. More mature artists will exhibit their watercolors alongside young artists, to make it clear that tradition continues and is renewed, through very different themes and new techniques. Particular space will be given to the artists of the "middle" generation, mature artists, 50 years old, who are worth considering today, as they have renewed the tradition of the masters, reaching very high levels of quality.