Enrico BAJ |
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Italy 1924 - 2003
Born in Milan on 31st October 1924, Enrico Baj was one of the most important contemporary Italian artists. Playing a leading role in the Fifties and Sixties avantgarde alongside Fontana, Jorn, Manzoni and Klein, Baj established close ties with Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, E. L. T. Mesens, and other artists of the Cobra group, with New Realism, Surrealism and Pataphysics.
In 1951 in Milan, together with Dangelo and Dova, Baj founded the "Nuclear Art" movement; in 1954, in opposition to the systematic repetitiveness of stylistic formalism, along with Asgern Jorn he founded the "Mouvement International pour une Bauhaus Imaginiste” against the enforced rationalization and geometric abstraction of art.
The polychromatic and mixed media collages pervaded by a playful and ironic vein, constitute the symbol of the Milan-born artist's satirical vein: the dismembering of form to express the deflagration of matter and imagery.
Baj's work is divided into various periods, all marked by profane irony and a constant pursuit of renewed form of expression: playful, fun themes like those in "Mirrors, furniture, meccano constructions, ladies, modifications, d’apres (Gli specchi, i ...
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