Raffael Benazzi was born in 1933 in Rapperswil, in Switzerland, but has lived on the hills of San Vincenzo since the Sixties. In his artistic journey Benazzi has employed many different materials such as bronze, lead, iron and alabaster but it was the wood carving that definitely gave him ways to express his ideas.
The show presents about 50 statues by Benazzi, of different materials, different dimensions (they can measure from about ten centimetres to up to two metres), covering his artistic experience from the early years in Switzerland to our days, also showing part of his U.S. production.
The show organised by the Cultural Foundation Hermann Geiger is looked after by Doctor Guido Magnaguagno (ex Curator and Deputy-Director of the Kunsthaus in Zurich and ex Director of the Tinguely Museum in Basel) presents to the public almost 50 sculptures of Benazzi, made of different material, of different dimensions(they can measure from about ten centimetres to up to two metres), through which his artistic experience runs from the early years in Switzerland to our days, also showing part of his U.S. production, realised during his staying in New York and in New Jersey, where he regularly went from the middle of the Seventies up to 1992.
Benazzi's sculptures can be mainly divided in four main groups: the Reclining figures, which develop horizontally; the Rings, in which the geometrical figure is reproduced; the so called Mantles, shapesthatfollow a vertical line starting from a reduced dimensions base that evolves in height; and finally the Boxes of the soul, like Raffael himself calls them, where cubic structures are predominant.
Each of these sculptures, of which the artist brings out the qualities of the material in which they have been created (the fissures and the rings for the wood, the transparency for the alabaster, the shine of the bronze), presents a kind of external side that propagates in the space with force, and of an internal core for which, at the inside of these exterior casings an alternation of light and dark spots develops, a world of sinuous lines, rounded and wrapping, which often recalls the feminine universe and the sensuality of the woman who, together with nature, have always been the main themes of the poetics of Benazzi.
Rafael Benazzi. Sculptures
From July 9 to September 18, 2011
Fondazione Geiger, Sala delle Esposizioni, Corso Matteotti 47, Cecina (Li).
Opening times: everyday, from Monday to Sunday from 6pm to 11pm. Free entry.