Engobed vase 34 cm signed A. Franchini 83
Antonio Franchini ( Bologna 1923 – Raito 2006 )
He was a member of the historic avant-garde Italian art. Soon after the 2nd World War he joined the MAC (Concrete Art Movement)
This Movement aimed to the renewal of the 20th century’s Italian art in opposition to the strong influence on the artistic trend wielded by the Academy and later by the Decadentism and the Formalism . On the track of the BAUHAUS, of GROPIUS, of P.KLEE, of W.KANDINSKI, the MAC stood for a “SYNTHESIS OF ARTS” by putting together painting, sculpture and architecture, by directing the artist towards a co-operation with the craftsmanship and the industry, and by fostering the planning of new artistic “FORMS’. for a mass production. The modern figure of the “INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER’ was the result of this co-operation.
ANTONIO FRANCHINI worked as a ‘DESIGNER’ in the fields of furniture production, glass lightening, plastic produces, graphic art and ceramics, as well as in drawing and painting. His works are now exhibited in national and international museums, public and private collections.
His ceramics were present at Milan “TRIENNALI” , and at the most important exhibitions (Galleria del Sestante in Milan - Villa Reale in Monza - Villa Gavotte in Albissola Mare - International Prize for Ceramics in Faenza - Italian Ceramics in Tokyo, ‘KUNSTHAUS’ in Berlin, ‘ARABIA” in Helsinki, and others). He entered the International competitions of CANNES (1955) and PRAGUE (1961) and obtained the gold medal.
He created his ceramics in most well-known ‘WORKSHOPS” in Albissola Mare (Savona), in Castelli (Taranto), in Faenza, In Vietri sul Mare (Sa). In the early 80s he resided in Praiano on the Amalfi Coast and worked at ‘CERAMICA D’ARTE GIOVANNA FUSCO & C.” in Amalfi were he produced unique pieces of real art.