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MASSIMO CAMPIGLI

Born in 1895 in Berlin, Germany; died in 1971 in Saint Tropez, France.

He soon moves to Florence, a city he calls a place of birth, and later moves to  Milan, where he learns about the art movement Futurism. During World War I, he was taken prisoner and deported to Hungary. When he returns home, he travels to Paris as a correspondent for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, and meets avant-garde artists; there he begins to paint. In 1928, at Venice Biennale, he presented his new paintings, which deviated from his initial interest in Futurism. His new painting technique evokes the frescoes; with his elegant female figures of archaic taste, inspired by Etruscan art. His works are part of major museums and private collections. In the 1930s he exhibited in Geneva; Paris at the Salon d’Automne (1932), curated by Jeanne Boucher (1931 and 1938); in Milan, Galleria del Milione (1931); and New York (1932). Among the signatories of the Manifesto of Mural Painting with Carrà, Sironi and Funi in 1933, he paints the frescoes in the Palais des Nations in Geneva (1938), the Palace of Justice in Milan (1938), the Italian pavilion at the Biennale Venice, the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy at Liviano of Padua. After the war, he prepared an important exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1946) and was given a personal room at Venice Biennale in 1948. Major exhibitions include Galerie de France in Paris in 1949, Palazzo Strozzi in Florence in 1953, Gallery of Modern Art in Turin in 1960.

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