"the art collection of Eros Bellinelli"


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The book "Eros Bellinelli - Oltre confini e frontiere,1920-2019" (Edizioni Pantarei), edited by his sons Luca and Matteo, will be presented on Friday 1 April at 6 p.m. at the Palacinema in Locarno. The presentation will be attended by the Honourable Nancy Lunghi, head of the culture department of the city of Locarno, and Lorenzo De Carli, editor-in-chief of the portal lanostrastoria.ch.

Matteo Bellinelli will briefly summarise the many different aspects of Bellinelli's professional activities: journalist, author, producer and head of cultural programmes at RSI for almost forty years. But he is also an art critic, publisher, and a keen observer of the political life of our Canton. His words will be accompanied by the projection of some of the most significant or curious pages of the book, as well as photographs and various documents.

The evening's emphasis will be on Bellinelli's close and friendly relations and ties with many Locarno intellectuals and artists: to name but a few, Piero and Giovanni Bianconi, Angelo and Pierre Casè, Guido Pedroli and Giairo Daghini, Remo Rossi and Emilio Maria Beretta, Massimo Cavalli and Armando Losa, Carlo Mazzi and Italo Valenti, Gisela Andersch and Germaine Verna. Not forgetting the interest and attention he paid, from the outset, to the Locarno Film Festival.

Lorenzo de Carli will present and comment on a series of original audio and visual documents taken from Bellinelli's programmes, reports and documentaries on situations, people, intellectuals and artists born or working in the Locarno area. These documents will also be available on the lanostrastoria.ch portal.

From 3 to 10 April, the Galleria Mazzi in Tegna will be hosting an exhibition that brings together a (small) part of the many works in Eros Bellinelli's private collection: works dating from the late 1940s to the time of his death.
Between 1993 and 2009 Bellinelli presented nine exhibitions in the Gallery, or in its large garden: the first was by Carlo Mazzi, the last by Mauro Aquilini. In between were, among others, those of Nag Arnodi, Giuseppe Bolzani and Aurelio Gonzato: all artists present at the exhibition with one or more works. Many of the artists exhibited have also been protagonists of exhibitions at Galleria Mazzi over the years: among them we can mention Mario Marioni, Emilio Rissone, Pierre Casè. About forty artists are represented, mainly from Ticino, but also Italians and Europeans living in the Locarno area.

The exhibition can be visited every day from 2 pm to 6 pm.

Eros Bellinelli's entire art collection (more than four hundred works) has already been donated, by his own will, to the Villa dei Cedri Museum in Bellinzona: the works exhibited in Tegna will also reach the Museum at a later date. Mrs. Carole Haensler, director of Villa dei Cedri, will also be present at the opening of the exhibition on Sunday 3 April at 11.00 a.m.


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