Curated by: Claudia Casali
An absolute protagonist of contemporary art, a talented and rebellious genius, unfortunately prematurely disappeared. The next major MIC exhibition in Faenza is dedicated to Alfonso Leoni in the fortieth year of his death. A long research work, curated by Claudia Casali, in collaboration with the Leoni Archive, which collects for the first time in an anthology all the artist's work, with the aim of analyzing the rich and intense production dedicated not only to ceramics but also to the different languages of modernity (painting, graphics, design, sculpture).
Although Alfonso Leoni lives in the province (he studies art and ceramics at the Ballardini Art Institute where, since 1961, he also became a teacher of Plastic Arts) his artistic research is constantly against the current, projected to the new: to unhinge the ceramic from mere aspects technical and functional to elevate it to sculptural material.
Leoni is the son of his time. A period of the late 60s and 70s of struggles and protests that in art translates into neo-avant-garde: pop art, new realism, happening, performance and minimalism. He updates on contemporary art and looks at Fontana, at Leoncillo and at the same time at Japanese art. He understands that gestures, actions and imperfections (the wabi-sabi, the beauty of the imperfect of Buddhist philosophy) are themes that are almost intrinsic to his favorite medium: clay.