Seldom does the public have the opportunity to explore and appreciate a curated display of the works of a single artist from a seminal private collection. Keyes Art Mile is hosting a comprehensive exhibition of the work of Edoardo Villa (1915 – 2011), one of South Africa’s most enduringly popular sculptors.
The exhibition, Vertical Presence: The Sculpture of Edoardo Villa, facilitates the Villa dream of human participation, physical proximity and tactile engagement with his works. The Atrium at Keyes Art Mile forms the central home of the exhibition and sculptures flow into True Design and out onto Keyes Avenue for passersby and visitors to enjoy.
Villa first came to South Africa as a prisoner-of-war in the 1940s and stayed on after World War II ended. In an interview, he spoke of the ‘opportunities available for the youth, the “open space” as opposed to the “closed” life of a continental.’ He felt that ‘Everything in Europe had been done, questioned and exhausted. Here, in Africa, I felt I had the opportunity to explore.’
In this exhibition, we are privileged to be able to view some of Villa’s early work, such as Seated Figure (1953, possibly referencing Alberto Giacometti), and the important work Vertical Form (1958), a sculpture that inspired the body of work Villa developed for his participation in the Venice Biennale of 1958, where he showed with Alexander Calder.
Vertical Presence: The Sculpture of Edoardo Villa is presented by True Design in partnership with Strauss & Co at The Atrium, Trumpet Building, Keyes Art Mile until end April 2019.
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