On the 3rd of October in the halls of the Russian Art Academy Museum (Saint-Petersburg) there will be a Grand Opening of the personal exhibition devoted to the works of the Italian artist Gianni Maimeri (1884 - 1951). This cultural event is connected with ‘The Year of Italian culture and Italian language in Russia’ promoted under patronage of the President of Italian Republic. The highlights of the exhibition “Feeling of the color” are paintings, remarkable collection of drawings “Musicians” and installations.
Gianni Maimeri was born in Varano close to the lake Lago di Comabbio in Lombardy, Italy. After a short stay in Venice in 1906 the artist returned to Milan where his teachers of painting were Leonardo Baccaro and later Emilio Gola. In 1918 Gianni Maimeri had his first personal exhibition in the Gerry’s Gallery in Milan which was highly appreciated by the art critics and collectors. Gianni Maimeri was easily involved into the Italian artistic society of the early XX century. However after fascists came to power in Italy, he grew colder to the Italian artistic sphere. In 1923 Gianni Maimeri with his brother Carlo got the Mill Blondel (Mulino Blondel) close to Milan out of pawn. With the help of Carlo, who had developed a colloidal grinding system which was able to produce colors retaining their original consistency, Gianni Maimeri began to experiment with these new "manufactured" colors at home on canvas. The results were so successful that the two brothers decided to embark upon a business venture. Since then, the Maimeri Company has continued to produce colors of exacting excellence and got the worldwide fame.
In 1929 the politics considered to bury old water channels of Milan for the city development. Then Gianni Maimeri showed his contrary position. The number of paintings “30 channels of Milan” became an important evidence of this struggle.
In 1930-s Gianni Maimeri not only developed his business but also created a big amount of dynamic portrait sketches of an outstanding musicians of his time. Among them we can find also Russian names –Rachmaninov, Stravinsky, and Prokofyev, who played at famous theatre La Skala at the time. Until the end of the life (Maimery died in 1951) the artist created beautiful paintings. The main theme of the works was ordinary things depicted with the tenderness and poetic feelings of the artist.
“Feeling of the color” – it is how we can determine the main feature of the Gianni Maimeri’s oeuvre. This delicate perception of color and light is common for the Northern Italian painters. The artist carefully treated to reality, with a great interest. Therefore we can find in his oeuvre lots of genres, from landscapes to still lives, from portraits to genre sketches.
Under patronage of: the Russian Art Academy, Research Art Academy Museum, Saint-Petersburg Academic Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in the name of Ilya Repin, The Department of Culture in Moscow, State Historical-Architectural Museum of Arts and Landscape design “Tsaritsino”, The Association Russia-Italy, the Italian Embassy in Moscow, the General Consulate of Italy in Saint-Petersburg, the Italian Institute of Culture in Moscow, the Institute of foreign trade of Italy, the Soviet of Lombardy region, the Administrations of Milan and Mediglia, The Academy of Fine Arts Brera in Milan.
With a support of: Maimeri Spa, Черная речка Арт, ИД «Художественная школа», отель "Кемпински Мойка 22", Sifte Berti, Ciaccio Broker, Zeroglass, Italcornici