Published on the occasion of the Paul Klee – Fausto Melotti exhibition at Museo d’Arte Lugano, the catalog compares over 70 paintings, watercolors and drawings by the Swiss-German painter Paul Klee, a leading figure in twentieth-century art, with some 80 sculptures and drawings by Fausto Melotti, an Italian artist whose name has become increasingly well-known at an international level in recent years. The catalog highlights the relationships and affinities between Paul Klee and Fausto Melotti by means of a surprising dialogue between their works. The division by chapters on specific topics underscores the convergence between the two artists on such subjects as music, the alphabet, the city, nature and animals.
Just as Klee’s compositions are determined by ever-changing rhythms and geometries, and breathe life into slender acrobatic subjects and a succession of letters and symbols, Melotti’s wire sculptures, welded and twisted together into aerial constructions, adhere to a musical cadence, agree with and contradict mathematical proportions, trace letters of the alphabet and the essential figures of people and animals. A large selection of critical essays and short writings by contemporary artists contribute to casting light on the relationship between these two protagonists of twentieth-century art.
Authors: Bettina Della Casa, Fabrizio D’Amico, Francesco Barocco, Giulio Paolini, Guido Comis, Kurt Forster, Lara Conte, Michele Dantini, Nina Gülicher, Paolo Repetto.