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Guglielminetti Museum

“Discovering the work and artistic influence of one of Asti’s greatest masters.”.

The evocative expositive environment winds through the ancient cellars of Palazzo Alfieri, housing  sculptures and sets made by Eugenio Guglielminetti. He worked as painter (Felice Casorati’s pupil), sculptor and set designer and was sensitive to historical avant-garde’s research. During his career, the artist from Asti investigated various artistic fields and contributed with his visionary nature to create incredible spaces and worlds.

The sections that make up the museum portray its versatile career and are divided into sculpture, set design for music, dance, theater and television.

In the Seventies Guglielminetti investigated the visual suggestions of music, overcoming the historicizing interpretation of opera melodrama and suggesting the chromatic and plastic harmony of scenes and costumes. He deals with the staging of operas by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti.

For the world of dance and ballet his work is characterized by aesthetic sobriety and technical expertise. It is worth mentioning his collaboration with Loredana Furno and the Compagnia del Teatro Nuovo of Turin, for which Guglielminetti’s contribution is versatile and imaginative with references to geometry, pop art and Mondrian.

For the theater, the master moves between rationalism, Bauhaus, expressionist abstraction and references to metaphysics; in this last context he devises the expedient of the “cage-box” and resorts to the fixed scenic device, creating articulated spatial and chromatic modules (as well as costumes) for the commedia dell’arte, Renaissance and Baroque literature, Molière, Shakespeare and Alfieri.

For the world of television, Guglielminetti’s research is aimed at innovation and is enriched, thanks to his visual intuition, by the chroma key technique, useful to superimpose two different images to recreate special effects. He will work for the small screen with personalities like Ugo Gregoretti, Carlo Quartucci, Piero Angela and Antonello Falqui.

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