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Time waxes strong. Traditional art practices: wax at the Fortuny
Written by Maria Rita Cerilli   

cera.jpgPalazzo Fortuny is hosting a highly original exposition called Avere una bella cera (In the pink), which was
organized by Andrea Daninos. It is a fascinating selection of wax objects manufactured in Venice and in Italy, inspired by the huge sculpture by Urs Fischer at the latest Art Biennale, which self destructed into a waxy lump during the months-long show.

 

The Fortuny exhibition is paying tribute to an old traditional artistic production, ranging from the funeral masks with portraits of Venetian Doges and life-size votive figures to busts of saints and criminals, recurring themes in the art of waxmaking. One part of the exposition is dedicated to twelve busts of Franciscan saints, made of wax with glass eyes and real hair; in another area you can see the series of criminal portraits, made in the late 19th century by Lorenzo Tenchini.

 

cera2.jpgThe central section is entirely dedicated to the Italian wax-portrait tradition. There are two life-size figures, two Venetian children from the 18th century, never before displayed in public. Last but not least, there are works by two artists who worked outside of Italy: Joseph Müller-Deym, an Austrian nobleman from the 18th century who owned a famous wax museum in Vienna, and Francesco Orso, who, during the French Revolution, opened a similar exposition in Paris.

 

 «Avere una bella cera»
From 10 Mach to 26 June Palazzo Fortuny
Info www.visitmuve.it