Alberto Martini


The Laocoonte Gallery presents 70 sheets, including pen drawings, watercolor and lithographs by Alberto Martini (Oderzo 1876-Milan 1954), one of the major European illustrators of the early twentieth century, one of the most original and bizarre.



The journey that George Tatge undertakes to discover the Italian territory goes under the sign of an analysis that is both lyrical and merciless, curious and lucid, always surprising even when he deals with apparently known subjects and themes, bordering on the obvious. The scansion of this score is immediately legible, it is a progression – almost narrative in nature – from purity to contamination, from the predominance of nature to the coexistence of nature and artefact, from the absence to the presence of man through his signs. Man exists, in fact, only through the traces he has left in natural space, through the changes he has imposed on him, through the imprint of his own passage on a land which, moreover, continues its life, evolves, almost heedless of this presence, sometimes so violently cumbersome.