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Alberto Burri

Alberto Burris biography reflects the trauma of the Italy after Fascism and the turbulent, dramatic course of the 20th century. In the immediate aftermath of World War II, Burris experiences as a military physician and as an American prisoner of war transformed him into a powerful autodidactic artist whose work bears witness to acts of destruction and repair. With his instantly recognizable paintings constructed from materials such as iron, burlap, and plastic, the Italian Alberto Burri (1915–1995) was among the most influential artists of the postwar era. In Germany, however, his work has remained largely unknown. In cooperation with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York, the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf hosts the comprehensive retrospective "Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting", on view beginning March 5 (until July 3, 2016). Containing approximately 70 works, this presentation at the K21 is the sole European location following the exhibition’s original appearance at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

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