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  • Centro Arte Moderna e Contemporanea della Spezia
    Part 4 of 6: The Cozzani Collection

    Gordon Matta-Clark
    Roof top, 1973 Battisti, 1
    19121 La Spezia
    tel.: 0187 734593
    fax: 0187 256773
    About one thousand two hundred works constitute the collection donated to the Commune of La Spezia by Giorgio and Ilda Cozzani in 1998. Among them about eighty works of sculpture and about three hundred drawings and paintings, and an imposing collection of graphic art, document the Twentieth Century, moving freely in every direction. A succession of events that lasted over fifty years, in which friendly relations between the collector from La Spezia (who was a consultant in dermatology) and artists and art gallery managers, mixed freely with travels to Germany and to France in search of the missing piece, visits and purchases at the Venetian Biennale or the Roman Quadriennale, or to Kessel for Documenta.

    Among the numerous thematic nuclei, collected with great competence and far-sightedness, one should underline Expressionism, from the xylographies of the beginnings to the Neue Wilden, the Bauhaus, Surrealism, the Figurativism of the second post-war period, the "Gruppo degli Otto" (Group of Eight), a relevant Non-representational presence, the Cobra group, and the possibly unique presence, in Italy, of Spur. Important examples of Spatialism and of Geometric Abstractionism are not missing, up to the most recent movements such as Kinetic and Programmatic Art, Optical, Conceptual and Minimal Art, Arte povera (Poor Art), the most typical Pop and its less known forms, and moreover Land Art, Fluxus, Body Art and Performance, that Cozzani lived personally, taking part to the events, the Tran avant-garde movement.

    Part 5: The Battolini Collection

    Part 1: Museum's History
    Part 2: The Drift Towards Contemporaneity
    Part 3: The "Golfo della Spezia" Prize
    Part 4: The Cozzani Collection
    Part 5: The Battolini Collection
    Part 6: Museum Services

    "Courtesy of CAMeC. Text & photos reprinted with permission."


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