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  • ICAA Record ID
    759505
    TITLE
    Testimonio / Libero Badii
    IN
    Macedonio Férnandez visto por Libero Badii : dibujos, esculturas, grabados. -- Buenos Aires, Argentina : Galería Van Riel, 1966.
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 9-14 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Testimonials
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Badii, Libero. "Testimonio." In Macedonio Férnandez visto por Libero Badii: dibujos, esculturas, grabados, 9-14. Exh. cat., Buenos Aires: Galería Van Riel, 1966.
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Synopsis

Libero Badii writes about the impact created by Papeles de Recienvenido [Newcomer’s Papers] (1929) by Macedonio Fernández. Badii also outlines his thoughts on graphic works and the "symbol sculpture."

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].

Macedonio Fernández (1874-1952) was a noted figure within the literary avant-garde of the River Plate region and was considered to have been Jorge Luis Borges's mentor.

An essential quality of Libero Badii's work is the way in which it parallels the poet's quest for inspiration and expression. This document is important because it sheds light on the literary cornerstone of Badii's creation and its relationship to the symbolic. This was a decisive moment for Badii and his work; he was beginning to explore the use of color on wooden sculpture as a manifestation of Pre-Colombian art, an idea that he fully developed in Los Muñecos [The Puppets], which he began producing in 1967. The concept of "symbol-sculpture" is of enormous interest vis-à-vis the relationship between matter and what cannot be portrayed. On the other hand, it is relevant to note that Badii was thinking of graphic works at the same time as he was exploring the use of color as an expression of American-ness.

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.