Catalogue of On Fire, the exhibition curated by Bruno Corà, organized by the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in collaboration with Tornabuoni Art, hosted from April to July 2022 and dedicated to the most evocative of nature’s primary elements: fire.
This publication retraces the exhibition path, which focuses on some avant-garde artists who adopted fire as a means of artistic expression: Alberto Burri, Yves Klein, Arman, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Jannis Kounellis e Claudio Parmiggiani.
These artists have explored both the destructive and generative effects of fire, using different materials, as well as ash and light.
The catalogue includes several photographs showing the artists at work and their pieces: from Burri’s combustions to Klein’s, Arman’s and Kounellis’s use of gas flame, as well as Calzolari’s and Parmiggiani’s use of flames and smoke in different ways.
Bruno Corà is one of the most renowned critics of contemporary art. In 1971, after moving to Rome in the Sixties, he worked with Achille Bonito Oliva in the organisation of historical initiatives such as the exhibition Contemporanea. From then, an intense experience of “travel companionship” began between many artists that gained fame in the area of Arte Povera and their behaviour. From his critical militancy and creation of exhibitions began his ascent to the direction of public structures such as the Palazzo Fabroni Arti Visive Contemporanee in Pistoia, the Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato, and the CAMeC – Centro d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in La Spezia. An intense writing activity (monographs on artists and texts for innumerable exhibitions) led him to be the chair of Contemporary Art History at the University of Cassino. Today he is the president of the Fondazione Burri.