Emilio Vedova
Emilio Vedova was an Italian
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Modern art
Modern art includes artistic works produced during the period extending roughly from the 1860s to the 1970s, and denotes the style and philosophy of the art produced during that era. The term is usually associated with art in which the traditions of the past have been thrown aside in a spirit of...

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, considered one of the most important to emerge in his country's artistic scene after World War II
World War II
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Vedova was born in Venice
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 into a working-class family. After an initial formative experience within Expressionism
Expressionism was a modernist movement, initially in poetry and painting, originating in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century. Its typical trait is to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas...

, he joined the group "Corrente" (1942-43), which included other artists such as Renato Guttuso
Renato Guttuso
Renato Guttuso was an Italian painter.His best-known paintings include Flight from Etna , Crucifixion and La Vucciria . Guttuso also designed for the theatre and did illustrations for books...

 and Renato Birolli
Renato Birolli
-Biography:Birolli was born at Verona to a family of industrial workers. In 1923 he moved to Milan where he formed an avanguardist group with other artists such as Renato Guttuso, Giacomo Manzù and Aligi Sassu. In 1937 he was a member of the artistical movement called Corrente di Vita...

. He participated in the Resistenza
Italian resistance movement
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 and played a key role in the post-war Italian art movement, which was opening up and contributing originally to the European avant-garde
Avant-garde means "advance guard" or "vanguard". The adjective form is used in English to refer to people or works that are experimental or innovative, particularly with respect to art, culture, and politics....

. In 1946 he co-signed the manifesto of the Fronte Nuovo delle Arti
Fronte Nuovo delle Arti
The Fronte Nuovo delle Arti was an Italian artistic movement that was active in Venice, Rome and Milan in the years following WWII...

, which included several Italian artists who were to become famous. In 1952 he became a member of the influential Gruppo degli Otto (Afro, Birolli, Corpora, Santomaso, Morlotti, Vedova, Moreni, Turcato), organised by the critic Lionello Venturi. His work exerted a significant influence on the Arte Povera
Arte Povera
Arte Povera is a modern art movement. The term was introduced in Italy during the period of upheaval at the end of the 1960s, when artists were taking a radical stance. Artists began attacking the values of established institutions of government, industry, and culture, and even questioning whether...


He later established a fruitful cooperation with composer Luigi Nono
Luigi Nono
Luigi Nono was an Italian avant-garde composer of classical music and remains one of the most prominent composers of the 20th century.- Early years :Born in Venice, he was a member of a wealthy artistic family, and his grandfather was a notable painter...

, designing scenographies and costumes for the opera Intolleranza 1960. In 1984 he designed a highly original light setting for Nono's opera Prometeo
Prometeo is a 150-minute opera by Luigi Nono, written between 1981 and 1984 and revised in 1985. Here the word "opera" carries the generic Italian meaning of "work," as in work of art, and not its usual worldly meaning. Indeed, Nono scornfully labels "Prometeo" a "tragedia dell'ascolto," a tragedy...

at La Fenice
La Fenice
Teatro La Fenice is an opera house in Venice, Italy. It is one of the most famous theatres in Europe, the site of many famous operatic premieres. Its name reflects its role in permitting an opera company to "rise from the ashes" despite losing the use of two theatres...

. Nono dedicated to Vedova his first work for magnetic tape Omaggio a Vedova(1960).

Vedova spent most of his life in Venice, where he taught at the Accademia di Belle Arti
The Accademia is a museum gallery of pre-19th century art in Venice, northern Italy. Situated on the south bank of the Grand Canal, within the sestiere of Dorsoduro, it gives its name to one of the three bridges across the canal, the Ponte dell'Accademia, and to the boat landing station for the...


External links

  • A tribute to Emilio Vedova with photos
  • Biography, from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection
    Peggy Guggenheim Collection
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    's site.
  • Obituary, from The Daily Telegraph
    The Daily Telegraph
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  • http://www.galerie-bordas.com
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