Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art

www.mfah.org Home

IcaadocsArchive

Document first page thumbnail
  • ICAA Record ID
    754151
    TITLE
    Conocimiento siniestro Nº 5 “El Poder” : madera policromada, año 1974 / Libero Badii; fotografías Calderella-Bancheri
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 2 - 3, 6 - 9, 12 - 15 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Testimonials
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION

    Badii, Libero. Conocimiento siniestro Nº 5 “El Poder” : madera policromada, año 1975. Author's edition. Buenos Aires, 1975.  Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires.

    GEOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS
Editorial Categories [?]
Synopsis

Libero Badii describes his work as an expression of the "sinister" beauty of the land in the Americas. He provides a timeline for the creation of El Poder [Power].

Annotations

Libero Badii (Arezzo, Italy, 1916-Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2001) was a sculptor whose main output consisted of works of symbolic significance. During the 1950s, following a trip through Latin America, his work was influenced by pre-Columbian art. He created the concept of "the sinister" as both a form of knowledge and a way of feeling. He named his studio-workshop Almataller [SoulShop]. 

The importance of this document lies in its analysis of one of Badii's more significant works, and its explanation of his creative process; it also helps to clarify the term "sinister" which he uses in a variety of ways. This document is an example of the books that Badii published to illustrate his creative process based on several core aspects of his work. His large-scale sculptures made of polychrome wooden planks and strips express the totemic nature of pre-Columbian art as a form of portraying that which cannot be portrayed (or, "the sinister," as he calls it). These polychrome wooden pieces, which he started producing in the late-1960s, recharged Badii's international reputation because of the way in which he applied color on his sculpture.  

Photographs: Estudio Calderella-Banchero.   This copy is dedicated to Jacques Martínez (dealer). 

Researcher
Roberto Amigo
Team
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Credit
Courtesy of Marta Rosa and Ana Luisa Badii, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Location
Fundación Espigas, Buenos Aires, Argentina