Alberto Viani

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"The Girlfriend" by Alberto Viani, 1949–1953, in the Amirim Sculpture Garden, Israel

Alberto Viani (born June 23, 1906 in Quistello near Mantua , † November 1989 in Mestre ) was an Italian sculptor .

Alberto Viani studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice from 1944 to 1947 . From 1944 he was Arturo Martini's assistant .

Viani sculpture inside the Olivetti showroom in Venice. Photo by Paolo Monti , 1960.

When Martini died in 1947, Viani took over the chair of sculpture at the academy as his successor.

Viani co-founded the Fronte Nuovo delle Arti group in 1946 with Renato Birolli .

Viani's artistic work was initially strongly influenced by Artura Martini. In his later works he turned to a more abstract formal language. His works then have more echoes of the sculptures by Hans Arp and Constantin Brâncuși .

Alberto Viani made sculptures out of plaster, stone or bronze. His sculptures have round and soft, rather flowing forms. Many of his works are reminiscent of human bodies in their forms, but do not really depict them.

Viani was a participant in the first documenta in 1955 in Kassel , and also represented as an artist at the next, documenta 2 in 1959. In 1983 he received an Antonio Feltrinelli Prize for Art.


  • Santini, Viani, 1990: Santini, PC, Alberto Viani, Milan 1990

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