Giovanni Segantini

The Galleria Civica G. Segantini, the Arco venue of the MAG Museo Alto Garda, is to be found in Palazzo dei Panni, built by Giovambattista d’Arco towards the end of the 17th century.

Bearing the name of the divisionist painter Giovanni Segantini (Arco, 1858 – Schafberg, 1899), the Gallery features a permanent space dedicated to the works of the artist, with the project Segantini and Arco, in collaboration with Mart Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto

Galleria Civica G. Segantini_esterno II   Segantini and Arco
The Galleria Civica G. Segantini of Arco, which will reopen with an exhibition itinerary hosted in the 17th-century Palazzo Panni, now restored to the splendour of its original architecture, intends to serve as a research centre within a virtual network made up of the main institutions housing the works of Segantini and those scholars who have studied the artist.

Segantini e Arco_map III   The new display opens with the “Segantini.map”, an interactive workstation which allows visitors to access all the public collections around the world in possession of works by Segantini, to search through the sites of these museums and enjoy full-screen renderings of the masterpieces of the artist held in these collections.
The “Segantini.doc” are workstations using multi-touch technology to offer tools and materials that help to reconstruct Segantini’s artistic career, framing it within the contemporary cultural context of the artist. These workstations are surrounded by paintings, sculptures and paper-based works concerning Segantini and other artists from Trentino in the same era, with works from the collections of the Mart, the MAG and the Autonomous Province of Trento, brought together in order to honour the great artist born in Arco, but above all, in the commitment to support a project that brings together all the research potential concerning sources and documents from various archives, all revolving around a key word: Segantini.
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  Segantini and his contemporaries
Alongside the documents and images rendered by the touch tables, the exhibition itinerary features the works of Segantini belonging to the Mart, the Town Council of Arco and the Autonomous Province of Trento, as well as paintings, sculptures and paper-based works by Trentino artists like Andrea Malfatti, Eugenio Prati and Vittore Grubicy, who was the mentor of Segantini and Prati. Like Segantini, Prati and Malfatti were called upon to represent the figurative culture of the Trentino Region in the great national exhibitions of Milan, Turin, Florence and Rome (1883), and then Venice (1887).
Together with those by the Veneto artists Alessandro Milesi and Antonio Rotta, the works by these artists offer a glimpse of painting production dating to the same era as that of Segantini. For example, Il ritratto di Andrea Malfatti (1874) by Eugenio Prati and the Segantini’s self portrait at the age of twenty (1879) show the same Romantic and slightly Bohemian touch, as well as sharing an expressive freshness, in keeping with academic verismo yet at the same time expressive a proud, wistful character, with a gaze cast towards the future.
Segantini, Prati, Grubicy and Bezzi give the landscape the role of expressive medium with a lyrical sense destined to evolve towards symbolism, as may be seen in La Poesia della Montagna, painted by Prati in 1903: almost a homage to the great master, who had died shortly before (Segantini passed away in 1899). Albeit with different approaches, these artists shared the transformation of the 19th-century figurative language from realism to symbolism, achieving that “art of the future,” in the words of Segantini, where “truth enters the soul and is at one with the idea.”
It is no coincidence that the commemorative sculptures of Segantini, both in Arco and in Saint Moritz, were entrusted to Leonardo Bistolfi, the greatest sculptor of Italian Symbolism, represented here by an allegorical bronze plaque (1906-07) and by a chalk sketch of L’alpe (1908), the great monument to Segantini in Saint Moritz.
Segantini e Arco_map II   Segantini e Arco_map I
Segantini e Arco_interno I   Segantini e Arco_interno IV
Segantini e Arco_interno III   Segantini e Arco_interno II