Claudio Girola was born in Rosario, Santa Fe, in 1923. As a small child he moved to Buenos Aires with his family. Together with his brother Enio Iommi, he began his artistic studies at his father’s sculpture workshop. In 1939, he joins Manuel Belgrano Fine Arts School, institution that he then abandons in 1943, when he sings with Maldonado, Hlito and Brito, the “Four Youngsters Manifesto”, in witch they expressed their opposition to the teaching guidelines. Subsequently, he moves to Chile, where he develops most of his artistic work, executes several exhibitions, and works as a professor in the Architecture School in the Catholic University of Valparaíso. He dies in 1994, in Viña del Mar, Chile. –
A new artist-book titled Un Argentino perdido en Chile [An Argentinean Lost in Chile] (2018), by Felipe Mujica, pays homage to the Argentinean artist Claudio Girola. Divided into three chapters, the book presents the lesser-known aspects of Girola’s sculptural experiments.
The book will be available soon @vonbartha in conjunction with Felipe Mujica’s exhibition, All Tomorrow’s Parties opening next Thursday, January 24, 6-8pm at von Bartha, Basel. –
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Images: 1. Claudio Girola, Block fundido, 1945, Personal archive of Claudio Girola, 2. Claudio Girola, 3. Escultura Concreta n.2, 1945, 36.5 x 58 x 10.5 cm, 4. Untitled, 1945, 57 x 29 x 32 cm, 5. Untitled, 1951, Tempera and China ink on paper, 22 x 25 cm, 6. Claudio Girola, Triangulación, 1952, 100 x 45 x 82 cm, 7. Rombo Plano o Custodia, 1957, 100 x 84 x 20 cm, 8. Untitled, 1958, Tempera on paper, 56 x 42 cm, 9. Untitled, 1975, 90 x 30 x 30 cm, 10. Senales, 1974, 100 x 22 x 44 cm