MARIA CERNUSCHI GHIRINGHELLI COLLECTION
A woman and her passion: Maria Cernuschi was an intuitive and visionary collector. Wife of Gino Ghiringhelli, painter and owner of the Gallery Il Milione in Milan, she began her collection during the 1930s, acquiring both national and international paintings, sculptures, drawings and abstract graphic art. During the next thirty years, through patient and careful research, the precious collection grew to include over 250 works of art.
Maria Cernuschi created an important historical and cultural heritage that includes masterpieces of Italian Abstract art of the ‘30s, perspectivalist and preconceptual art of the ‘60s and Italian Nuova Pittura of the ‘70s and ‘80s. The talented artists who forged the Italian art scene of the 1990s, amongst which Licini, Soldati, Fontana, Melotti, Olivieri and Martini, are the undisputed jewels of her collection, which was purchased by the Museum in 1989.
By recognising this woman’s undisputable intelligence and her deep knowledge of both the Italian and international art scene, Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art has turned her collection into its stronghold and offers visitors an incredible opportunity to discover it.
Witness works such as Fontana’s “Horizontal black egg” and Soldati’s “Composition n. 2”, paintings by Licini and three boards by Magnelli. A visit to the Cernuschi Ghiringhelli collection is like taking a stroll into the near past to witness the shapes and colours that made the success of non-figurative art.