Success of the cultural center in the Cagliari airport: library and anthology curated by Maria Dolores Picciau
The anthological exhibition “Visions concrete” dedicated to the artist Ermanno Leinardi (1933-2006), one of the major protagonists of European concrete art, continues until 30 September at Cagliari-Elmas airport. Exhibition and library were inaugurated a few months ago in the southern Sardinia airport, immediately becoming an element of great interest for travelers both for the novelty and for the value of the cultural initiative itself.
The new airport library, provides for consultation in the reading areas, lending and even book sharing is called “Cagliari Airport Library”, and is among the first of its kind in an Italian airport and one of the few in Europe. It can be used by everyone, totally free of charge, and allows the consultation of books in the reading areas, the loan and book sharing of a selection of works available to visitors.
The anthological exhibition of Leinardi (1933-2006) was curated by the art historian Maria Dolores Picciau, who became the councilor for culture of the Municipality of Cagliari almost immediately after the inauguration at the airport. The anthology includes works from 1954 to 2004 and retraces the master’s itinerary from his figurative beginnings to his adherence to abstract geometric painting. A volume with writings by Picciau and Claudio Cerritelli entitled Visioni Concrete has also been published.
The exhibition, which follows a rigorous chronological order, reconstructs the artistic itinerary of Ermanno Leinardi, who from the figurative beginnings close to the French expressionism of Henry Matisse, moves towards geometric abstractionism after some stages in the grammar of the sign, in the informal, in the studies on ambiguous space and in the research around the stain which later became the elliptical shape O.
The artist represented for the city of Cagliari and Sardinia a symbol of the aesthetic revolution carried out in the sixties and seventies by those avant-garde movements, which on the island as in other parts of Europe, were the megaphone of a renewal of language and aesthetic canons still linked to figurative representations.
“This anthology – says the curator of the exhibition Maria Dolores Picciau – marks the indissoluble link between the painter and the rest of the world, and it is significant that the works of an international artist such as Ermanno Leinardi are hosted in a space, such as the airport of Cagliari which represents the privileged showcase to give an image of Sardinia that is culturally active, innovative and open to the world “