Mario Ballocco pittore e cromatologo

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Mario Ballocco painter and chromatologist

Paolo Bolpagni

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] The essay traces the entire career of Mario Ballocco (1913-2008), a crucial character in twentieth-century Italian art and culture: an original experimenter, a precursor in many fields, he was a highly coherent abstract painter, and provided a fundamental contribution to the diffusion of design and to investigations on color and visual perception. In him we met the demands of aesthetics and science, of communication and didactics, of theory and technique. After studying with Aldo Carpi at the Accademia di Brera, in 1947 he was in Argentina, in contact with Lucio Fontana. Founder in 1950 in Milan of the Origin Group (which was also joined by Alberto Burri, Giuseppe Capogrossi and Ettore Colla), he created and directed the magazines "AZ" (from 1949 to 1952) and "Colore. Aesthetics and Logic ”(from 1957 to 1964). In Milan he curated exhibitions of design and industrial aesthetics and an exhibition on the history of photography (respectively in 1952 and 1953 at the Fair). In 1958, on the other hand, it is the "1st exhibition of color", set up at the "Leonardo da Vinci" National Museum of Science and Technology. Ballocco is also the inventor of "chromatology", Mario Ballocco method (Milan, 1913-2008) was a crucial character in twentieth-century Italian art and culture. He was an original experimenter, a man of a thousand interests, a forerunner in many fields: a highly coherent abstract painter, he provided a fundamental contribution to the diffusion of design and to the investigation of color and visual perception. In him the demands of aesthetics and science, of communication and teaching, of theory and technique were met in an extraordinary way. Founder in 1950 in Milan of the Origin Group (to which Alberto Burri, Giuseppe Capogrossi and Ettore Colla also adhered), he was among other things the inventor of "chromatology", an interdisciplinary method for the solution of "visual problems of collective interest": from the color of ambulances to that of notebooks for school pupils. His goal was to defeat the monotony "that gives us birth with white, to live with gray and die with black".
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Mario Ballocco painter and chromatologist
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationMario Ballocco
EditorsPAOLO BOLPAGNI
Pages10-26
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • ballocco
  • cromatologo
  • pittore

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