Continuing at the Raccolta Manzù through the end of June 2012 is the “L’Opera del Mese” series dedicated to examining in-depth individual works from the Manzù collection. Detailed descriptions can be downloaded by clicking on “le ricerche e gli studi” at the museum website: www.museomanzu.beniculturali.it. On June 23, the “Annunciazione” (1929) will be discussed. It is one of Manzù’s most important “pre-historical” works which brings together the ideas of religious modernism of Jacques Maritain and Persico. This encounter will provisionally conclude discussion of the works in the Manzù collection from the 1920s-30s, works characterized by a language and stile still in the process of evolving, but which nonetheless communicate all the extraordinary artistic stature of this sculptor.
Saturday, June 30 (in reality, the Opera del Mese for July) will look at “Passo di danza”, one of Manzù’s mature works in bronze and only recently moved to its home in Ardea at Campo del Fico (now Colle Manzù). This sculpture, a transposition of the features of Inge Manzù who was a former ballerina at the Salzburg Opera, represents a major step in Manzù’s on-going relationship with dance which began with the “menade danzante” (1927), a bas-relief in lead, and continued through his sketches and costumes for dancers in Stravinsky’s ballet, L’Histoire du Soldat during the second half of the 1960s.