RENZO BERGAMO

RENZO BERGAMO. ANNI SETTANTA

Nella Milano degli anni Settanta, quella ormai mitica, in cui domina ancora lo Spazialismo e Lucio Fontana, in cui resistono gli echi del Futurismo, ricchi sono gli scambi interculturali, degni di nota i nomi di artisti e intellettuali che si concentrano soprattutto a Brera. È la Milano di Strehler, Montale, Quasimodo, Fontana, Scanavino, Dova, ma anche di Renzo Bergamo, enfant prodige e pittore fuori dagli schemi, che da Portogruaro si trasferisce nel capoluogo lombardo, su consiglio dello scrittore Comisso con cui ha un rapporto quasi filiale.

In questo milieu meneghino, proprio in via San Carpoforo, il 4 ottobre 1970 nasce una nuova avanguardia: l’Astrarte, a cui Bergamo finirà per aderire. Il programma del movimento è creare una poetica che si confronti con le nuove scoperte scientifiche, sia quelle che riguardano l’atomo che il cosmo. Lo sguardo degli astrartisti è puntato in alto, indagano con “metodo scientifico” la simbologia dell’Universo e desiderano “liberare l’uomo dalla forza di gravità, cioè dall’abitudine atavica a pensare terraquamente e non in senso cosmico”.

Ma venuto meno l’ottimismo nei confronti della scienza tipico di quegli anni, l’Astrarte fa l’effetto di quella fantascienza che non si è realizzata e genera la nostalgia per un futuribile che non si è avverato. Tuttavia il valore estetico, più che programmatico del Manifesto, è ancora oggi molto evidente, come mostra per esempio un nucleo specifico di opere di Bergamo, che vale oggi la pena riscoprire: dai lavori di Bergamo,...
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In the now legendary Milan of the seventies, where Spatialism and Lucio Fontana still dominate, where the Futurism echoes resist, rich are the intercultural exchange, worth mentioning are the names of artists and intellectuals who center mainly in Brera. This is Strehler, Montale, Quasimodo, Fontana, Scanavino, Dova’s Milan, but also Renzo Bergamo’s, enfant prodige and breaking the mould painter, who moved from Portogruaro to Milan, upon the writer Comisso’s advice with whom he has an almost filial relationship.

In such a Milanese milieu, right in via San Carpoforo, on October 4th, 1970 a new avantgard comes into the world: the Astrarte, to which Bergamo shall eventually adhere. The Manifesto of the movement is to create a poetry able to compare itself with the new scientific discoveries, both the ones regarding the atom and the cosmos. The gaze of the astrartisti is directed to the sky, they examine with a "scientific method" the symbology of the Universe and they wish to "free the mankind from the gravity, that is, from that atavistic inclination to think wordly and not in a cosmic sense".

But failed the optimism toward science typical of those years, the Astrarte has the effect of that very fiction which has not come true and generates nostalgia for a possible future which was never realised. However the aesthetic value, rather than programmatic of the Manifesto, is still today very clear, as, for example, a specific core of Bergamo’s works points out, which is now worth rediscovering: from the works of Bergamo, especially...
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Renzo Bergamo was born in Portogruaro (Veneto region, Italy) in 1934 and his talent for drawing and painting was evident from an early age.
The encounter with the writer Giovanni Comisso was very important because in him he would find a sort of father figure. Giovanni Comisso invited Bergamo to move to Milan, where he completed his artistic training.
He lived and worked in the Brera neighbourhood, and he attended Bar Jamaica in the cultural heart of the city, where he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Lucio Fontana, Gianni Dova, Piero Manzoni, Roberto Crippa and Emilio Scanavino. He also developed close friendships with a number of Milan’s leading intellectuals, such as Giorgio Strehler and Bruno Munari.
After a short period in New York, in the Seventies, he returned to Milan, where he began a new phase in his artistic life in the company of a group of artists: they founded the Astrarte Movement, they wanted to explore the concept of science and of the Universe with their paintings. It was a very intensive period for Bergamo, but a few years later Bergamo decided he needed to split from the group. He moved to Sardinia and he started his meditation about the works which will be called “Aesthetics of Chaos” and “Music”. He returned to Milan in 2000, and began a new phase of artistic exploration that he described as “Cosmic Archaeology”. He developed an interest in radioactivity, and his exploration of this phenomenon was only interrupted by his sudden death on 10 May 2004
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