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ALBERTO BURRI

Born in 1915, in Perugia, Italy; died in 1995 in Nice, France.

He obtained his medical degree from the University of Perugia. In 1940, he was recalled for military service and sent to war. He is taken prisoner by the British army, and is transferred by the Americans to Hereford, Texas, where he begins to paint. He returned to Italy in 1946 and moved to Rome determined to become an artist. In 1951, he helped form the Gruppo Origine with Ballocco, Capogrossi and Colla. In 1952, he exhibited for the first time at Venice Biennale and created Il Grande Sacco. The exhibitions in Chicago and New York in 1953 mark the beginning of his international success.  In 1954, he started to use fire to burn papers and plastics. Between 1961 and 1969 Burri created the series of Burnt Plastics. In 1963, he exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In 1965, he was awarded the Grand Prix at the Biennial of Sao Paulo. In light of his success, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome dedicates him a permanent room.

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