Gallerie d’Italia – Milan, an Intesa Sanpaolo Museum
Cortile Ottagono and Giardino d’Alessandro entry from Via Manzoni, 10

From 10 June 2022 to 17 July2022
Exhibition curated by Edoardo Bonaspetti

Milan, 7 June 2022 – Open to the public from 10 June to 17 July 2022 at Milan’s Gallerie d’Italia, an Intesa Sanpaolo museum, the exhibition entitled Henraux Collection 1960-1970 – curated by Edoardo Bonaspetti, artistic director of the Henraux Foundation – casts the spotlight on the major collection of marble sculptures produced by the Tuscan marble manufacturer.

The exhibition, staged in the evocative Octagonal Courtyard and in the Alessandro Garden of the Gallerie d’Italia in Milan ,highlights seven of the twenty-five Henraux sculptures in the Intesa Sanpaolo collection. For the occasion, the entire group has undergone a major, cutting-edge conservation operation. This initiative is a taster for the high-profile exhibition that is due to be held in Querceta di Seravezza, at the headquarters of the Henraux Foundation, from 25 July to 18 September. The Milanese exhibition – starting with the showcasing of the seven Intesa Sanpaolo sculptures – presents documents, archival photographs, models and reproductions organised into themed groups, and encapsulates the vital context in which the sculptures were created, the genesis of the Henraux collection and the extraordinary exemplar of corporate culture provided by the company. The elements of the exhibition design are made from marble – the material extracted from the same quarries used by the artists at the time for their own sculptures – and are redolent of the creative processes whereby the raw material is fashioned into works of art, but also of a unique, virtuous relationship between nature, culture and industry.

Over the course of its more than 200 years in business, Henraux has been at the forefront of innumerable projects and collaborations in the field of international visual culture. Founded in 1821 by the former Napoleonic officer Jean Baptiste Alexandre Henraux and the Versilia-born entrepreneur Marco Borrini, the marble company’s history has been interwoven with important contributions to the worlds of art, architecture and restoration.

After the Second World War, the company began to establish an extraordinary relationship with the visual arts, under the far-sighted guidance of Erminio Cidonio, who in 1956 would take over at the helm. Against a tumultuous backdrop marked by emerging impulses and the need for renewal, Henraux redefined its corporate and cultural identity, making the most of Italy’s dynamism and artistic zeal to grasp the opportunities afforded by the combination of sculptural experimentation and industrial production. The 1957 meeting with the British sculptor Henry Moore, who had made his way to Versilia to create the monumental abstract work Reclining Figure, produced for the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, encouraged this approach and helped to give rise to a flourishing period of innovation and artistic research. In the space of a few years, Jean (Hans) Arp, Pietro Cascella, Rosalda Gilardi, Émile Gilioli, Jacques Lipchitz, Morice Lipsi, Joan Miró, Isamu Noguchi, Maria Papa Rostkowska, Giò Pomodoro, Antoine Poncet, Branko Ružić, François Stahly, Georges Vantongerloo and many others came to Querceta, a district within the municipality of Seravezza, in the province of Lucca, and made their sculptures using Henraux’s marble and its workforce, contributing to a wider cultural relaunch of the company and the surrounding area.

In the late 1960s and early ’70s, the vigour that had characterised this exceptional period began to tail off due to changes in company policy and, shortly after having been exhibited in 1972 in the showpiece courtyard of the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara, the collection was dispersed. In 1973, twenty-five works were sold to what was then the Banca Commerciale Italiana, under the enlightened chairmanship of Raffaele Mattioli, eventually flowing into what is today the collection of Banca Intesa Sanpaolo.

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HENRAUX COLLECTION 1960-1970 Exhibition
From10 June 2022 to 17 July 2022 Gallerie d’Italia – Milan
Piazza della Scala, 6– Milan

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Intesa Sanpaolo
Intesa Sanpaolo is Italy’s leading banking group – serving families, businesses and the real economy – with a significant international presence. Intesa Sanpaolo’s distinctive business model makes it a European leader in Wealth Management, Protection & Advisory, highly focused on digital and fintech. An efficient and resilient Bank, it benefits from its wholly-owned product factories in asset management and insurance. The Group’s strong ESG commitment includes providing €115 billion in impact lending by 2025 to communities and for the green transition, and €500 million in contributions to support people most in need, positioning Intesa Sanpaolo as a world leader in terms of social impact. Intesa Sanpaolo is committed to Net Zero by 2030 for its own emissions and by 2050 for its loan and investment portfolios and its asset management and insurance operations. An engaged patron of Italian culture, Intesa Sanpaolo has created its own network of museums, the Gallerie d’Italia, to host the bank’s artistic assets and as venues for prestigious cultural projects.

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