Giovanni Benetton & Toni Buso: two artists who interpret differently the power of the free sign able to suggest and create spaces.
Giovanni Benetton, director of the Toni Benetton Museum in Mogliano Veneto, is a sculptor who prefers working with iron. His works are distinguished by their curved, airy shapes, almost suspended in space but dynamic. The compositional balance between iron elements and the void that crosses them refers to Calder’s mobile sculptures, certainly a source of inspiration for the artist from Treviso. As in the works of Toni Buso, also in those of Benetton the movement of the iron ribbons folded in sinuous curves is transformed into thought and interpretation of the universe.
Toni Buso, a painter from Treviso established on the international scene, loves the liveliness and energy that arise from the sign+colour association. In his works primitive ancestral figures and geometric figures are mixed, but also writings and graphemes that recall the world of childhood, dreams and fantasy. The surface of his paintings is characterized by a white background from which dreamlike labyrinths of red, blue and yellow stand out. This primary color palette can only refer to the essentiality of the chromatic choices of Piet Mondrian and Paul Klee.
Giovanni Benetton & Toni Buso
Giovanni Benetton, born in Treviso in 1976, graduated from the Venice Art Institute in 1996 and attended the DAMS in Bologna. Since 1998 he has collaborated with the Toni Benetton Museum, of which he became director, and where he also continues his artistic research.
Toni Buso was born in Treviso in 1954. He began exhibiting his first works when he was only 12, in local group exhibitions. Graduated from the Liceo Artistico and then from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, from the early 1970s to the 1980s he participated in various group exhibitions, receiving several awards. In 1977 he inaugurated his first personal exhibition in the gallery of the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation in Venice. Many of his works can be found in private and public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art of Ca’ Pesaro in Venice, the Civic Museums of Treviso, the Museum of Modern Art “Dino Formaggio” of Teolo (PD), the Collection of ‘Modern Art of Conegliano (TV). He participates with his works in group exhibitions abroad at the Pushkin Museum in Moscow, the Gallery of Modern Art in Alma Ata (Kazakhstan) and the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Museum of Image and Sound in San Paolo (Brazil), the Municipal Galleries of Chamalieres, Strasbourg (France).
Giovanni Benetton & Toni Buso – Volo Oltre il Colore e la Materia –
From March to the end of May 2023
Spazio Lazzari, Treviso