Marino Marini

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Marino Marini, photo by Paolo Monti , 1958 (Fondo Paolo Monti, BEIC)
Marino Marini, photo by Paolo Monti, 1963 (Fondo Paolo Monti, BEIC).
Miracolo , 1959/60. Marino Marinis' equestrian sculpture in front of the Neue Pinakothek in Munich
Entrance to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection museum in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni , Venice. The sculpture shows Marinis L'Angelo della Città , 1948, cast in bronze around 1950.

Marino Marini (born February 27, 1901 in Pistoia ; † August 6, 1980 in Viareggio ) was an Italian artist who initially worked primarily as a sculptor and later as a graphic artist .


From 1917 Marini studied painting and sculpture at the Academy of Arts in Florence , among others with the sculptor Domenico Trentacosta . In 1928 a first stay took place in Paris . In 1929 he took over a lectureship at the art school of the Villa Reale in Monza near Milan , which he held until 1940. In the following years he traveled frequently to Paris, where he made the acquaintance of Giorgio de Chirico , Wassily Kandinsky and Aristide Maillol and where he later met Pablo Picasso , Georges Braque and Henri Laurens . Stays in England, Germany and Greece followed. In 1938 he met Mercedes Pedrazzini, better known as Marina Marini, and married her that same year.

In 1940 Marini moved to the Accademia di Brera in Milan; He spent the years 1941 to 1946 in Ticino , Switzerland , where he met Alberto Giacometti , Fritz Wotruba and Germaine Richier . In 1946 he returned to Milan. In 1950 he traveled to the United States for the first time on the occasion of his first solo exhibition in New York ; it took place in the Buchholz Gallery, directed by Curt Valentin . Marini's patron Valentin died in 1954 while visiting Marini's house in Forte dei Marmi .

Marino Marini was a participant in documenta 1 (1955), documenta II (1959), and also documenta III in 1964 in Kassel . Large retrospectives of his work were shown in Zurich in 1962 and in Rome in 1966 . In 1985 the Roswitha Haftmann Modern Art gallery in Zurich showed sculptures, gouaches, drawings and graphics.

Marino Marini died on August 6, 1980 at the age of 79 in Viareggio.


A significant part of his works deals with the topic of "horse and man". Marini created a large amount of sculptures (such as the front of the entrance of the Neue Pinakothek in Munich standing sculpture ), which he partly painted.

He is known to a wider audience for his color-intensive lithographs , which were created in the 1960s and 1970s. He usually created cycles (such as “ Marini from Goethe ” or “ Marini from Shakespeare ”) with a certain motif (such as a standing person with one or two horses), which he changed in color.



  • Marino Marini / initiated a. explained by Hartmut Biermann with photos by Walter Dräyer a. Gerd Hatje. Deutsche Buchgemeinschaft, Berlin et al. 1963. ( The art series in colors ).
  • Marino Marini. Miracolo. Edited by Cristina Steingräber in collaboration with Sibylle Luig. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2006. ISBN 978-3-7757-1875-2
  • Marino Marini in Munich. Edited by Gerhard Habarta. Vienna, 1984. ISBN 385016-018-1
  • Maria Netter: New work by Marino Marini. In: Architektur und Kunst , Vol. 41, 1954, pp. 146–151.

Web links

Commons : Marino Marini  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Marino Marini ,, accessed February 19, 1913
  2. Giulio Carlo Argan : The Art of the 20th Century 1880-1940 . Propylaea Art History Volume 12. Berlin 1977, pp. 310-311
  3. Ludmila Vachtova. Roswitha Haftmann . P. 103
  4. Honorary Members: Marino Marini. American Academy of Arts and Letters, accessed March 15, 2019 .