Extra-muros exhibition in Italy

The Universi Leggeri – Folon, la vita è une viaggio exhibition, fruit of the collaboration between the Municipality of Viareggio, the Fondazione Festival Pucciniano and the Fondation Folon is to be discovered at the Galleria d’arte moderna e contemporanea in Viareggio until 14 November.

This presents some seventy works by Folon – line drawings, colored inks, engravings, watercolors and sculptures – on the theme of travel, in four distinct chapters. The inner journey illustrates the imaginary which refers to doubt or dreams, the impossible journey denounces the stakes of man in the face of the disorder of the world and the great journey depicts the poetry and the beauty of our planet. Finally, the fourth lyrical journey is the one undertaken by the artist in 2003, when, at the request of the Fondazione Festival Pucciniano, he created the sets for La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini. The spectators who had the opportunity to attend the performances still remember this moment of unique poetry. The colorful scene and the watercolors projected on a large screen standing out against the sky and the waters of the lake formed, with the arias of the famous opera, a magical ballet.

Folon had a love affair very early on with the land of Dante, Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Morandi, Fellini… Surrounded by his accomplice friends, he discovered it and saw it as closely as possible. First, he savored the Serene, whose shadows and waters are reflected in the vibrations of his watercolors.

Finally, the artist succumbs to the landscape and the soft light of Tuscany that permeates some of his compositions: the gentle hills speckled with cypress trees, the fluted towers and the ocher shades characteristic of the region. A reciprocal attraction brought them together regularly. We remember the beautiful exhibitions in Pietrasanta, Lucca or the retrospective in Florence in 2005, where he delivered his last opus.

Today, the Fondation Folon is happy and honored to return to friendly lands for this travel-themed exhibition, in tribute to the artist.