The anthological exhibition “Tato. Sixty Works by the Master of Aeropainting” curated by Salvatore Ventura traces more than thirty years of artistic production of the Bolognese painter, a character key figure of Futurism and founder of Aeropittura.
On display are more than sixty works that describe the artist’s particular flair for the
aerial and realistic vision of the world and his search – as Ventura explains in his critical text – for a painting “that breaks the traditional patterns of the triple dimension: that gives the sign of freedom in spaces, and allows the rigid line of a wing spar to merge together with the multicolored carousel of a landscape below: that can intersect air, land, sea in an infinite variety of interpenetrating planes; that it shatters, pulverizes, evaporates, in a rainbow of swift sensations, the lazy palette of traditional colors, until it gives us a visual spectrum of the landscape in flight, responsive to the new human experiences, created by twenty-five years of
Among the paintings at the Russo Gallery are some works of great historical importance: Sorvolando in spiral the Colosseum, already exhibited at the recent exhibition dedicated to Futurism at the Guggenheim Museum New York; Lancio con il paracadute (Sensations of Flight), exhibited at the first exhibition of aeropainting in 1931; the rare Still Life of 1921, signed under the pseudonym Olga Mazzieri;
the series of War Aeropaintings made in the mid-1930s and, testifying to
an important milestone reached by Italian aviation, the tempera on kraft paper Hydrovelocità (Red Thunderbolt piloted by De Bernardi that exceeded 500 km/h for the first time in 1928). In the catalog critical texts by Salvatore Ventura, Maria Fede Caproni, Mariastella Margozzi and Beatrice Buscaroli.