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Museo d'Arte Moderna "Mario Rimoldi"

The Museum was officially opened in 1974 thanks to the generous gift donated to the Regole of Ampezzo by Mrs Rosa Braun, the widow of Mario Rimoldi, a well known collector in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Famous artists like De Pisis, De Chirico, Sironi, Campigli and Music - habitual guests of the Ampezzo valley- started a fruitful friendship with the art collector.
In 1941, when the first international exhibition of Art Collectors opened in Cortina, the Mario Rimoldi collection was already well delineated. It featured splendid paintings by de Pisis, Morandi, Semeghini, Rosai, Campigli, Sironi, Garbari, Severini, Tosi and Guidi.
After World War II, the collection grew with the experimental works of the artists who were already represented by their figurative art works. The art collector was interested in the artists of the figurative school from the Veneto area like Cadorin, Cesetti, Saetti, Tomea and Depero, and also in the new artistic movements that were being created. The collection features La Zolfara by Guttuso and works by the leading artists of the new experimentation like Corpora, Crippa, Dova, Morlotti, Music, Santomaso, Vedova. The collector discovers also foreign artists like Kokoschka, Leger, Villon, Zadkine, and widens his interests with the protagonists of the neo-avantgarde and the abstractionism of the Fifties.

The Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities has recognized the cultural interest of the collection which spans over a period of fife years and is noted as one of the most significant collections of the 20th century Italian art.; for the presence of masterpieces by painters like Savinio, Garbari, Depero, Guttuso and of a few works which are fundamental in the study of de Pisis, Sironi, De Chirico, Semeghini, Tomea, Tosi, Campigli.

The permanent exhibition features the Chiesa di Cortina and the Soldatino francese by de Pisis, the Bagnanti by Carena, the Squero di San Travaso by Semeghini, the Zolfara by Guttuso, the San Sebastiano by Garbari, the Ile des charmes by Savinio and the Concerto by Campigli.

The museum aims at preserving, improving and promoting the collection; at informing about art collector Mario Rimoldi and increasing the interest for the Italian art of the Twentieth century. The museum cooperates with temporary exhibitions of important Italian and foreign institutions.

With the exhibition FROM THE WHOLE WORLD TO THE HEART OF THE WORLD: BALSAMO DIALOGUES WITH MUSIC, the Regole d'Ampezzo want to pay homage to painter Renato Balsamo who, in 1974, following the donation by Rosa Braun of her husband's invaluable art collection, created the Mario Rimoldi Modern Art Museum, which he directed until 2010, and who had Cortina's cultural growth always close to his heart, both as teacher and headmaster of the local Art School and as tireless organizer of important cultural events, from visual arts to literature and music.

Balsamo took his art diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts in Naples. After a study tour in Spain, he arrived in Cortina where he began his teaching experience and became close friend of the art collector Mario Rimoldi. It was in the rooms of the Art School, where Mario Rimoldi used to offer painters space to work, that Balsamo met Anton Zoran Music and the two artists established a sincere and close friendship.

In order to light up this fruitful association, the memory of the painter from Sorrento is united to the one of the Slovenian artist, who, like him, lived Cortina in a unique way.
In 1951, Music won the Paris Art Prize, prestigious award organized in Cortina d'Ampezzo by the Centre of Italian Culture in Paris on the initiative of artists Campigli and Severini and the cooperation of Mario Rimoldi, then mayor of Cortina. This award triggered a chain of successes for Music while Cortina became an important reference point in his life: his presence in the valley went on for over forty years and the artist dedicated some of his pictorial cycles to the Ampezzo town.

Professor Vittorio Sgarbi about Renato Balsamo: the artist from Sorrento who, for love, moved to Cortina... Extremely sensitive painter.. he was able to grasp the soul of the subjects he sought and loved in intense drawings and perfect portraits. I owe him, besides my own, the living and telling portrait of my mother, young and disturbed, in that restless thought that no one was able to grasp as he did. And it was her soul.

The exhibition aims at recalling the first Italian Exhibition of Contemporary Art Collections, which was held in Cortina in August 1941, with the support of the Ministry of Education.
Mario Rimoldi, who had always been encouraging young painters, was entrusted with its organization. The exhibition aimed at promoting contemporary art collections and encouraging the creation of new collections.

The exhibition unfolds on three floors:

Ground floor: Falling in Love
Reconstruction of Mario Rimoldi's historic and cultural environment. In addition to artworks from his private collection there are displayed images, documents, and anything apt to best introduce the visitor to the times and spirit of the art collector.

First floor: Contemporary Art, Today
Along the same line of the 1941 Italian Exhibition of Contemporary Art Collections and in the same spirit of Mario Rimoldi, who had close contacts with the artists of his time, ther

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