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New additions to donated Italian art collection at Ateneum


The Rolando and Siv Pieraccini Collection that was donated to the Ateneum Art Museum continues to grow. The most recent addition to this collection of Italian art is a valuable etching by Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964). The etching will be exhibited in Ateneum's collection display until the end of April together with three other works of art by Morandi that were previously added to the collection. In connection with the donation, an updated edition of the collection catalogue will be published in Italian. Exhibitions of works from the Rolando and Siv Pieraccini Collection will be seen in the second half of 2012 at the Mikkeli Art Museum, the South Karelia Art Museum in Lappeenranta and the Lönnström Art Museum in Rauma.

The collection of Italian art that was donated to Ateneum by Rolando and Siv Pieraccini currently comprises 995 works of art, including prints, drawings and watercolours by 45 Italian artists. Since the Finnish-language catalogue was published and the Viiva Italia exhibition was held at Ateneum in late 2010, the collection has grown by over 250 works of art. The collection includes a set of 89 works by Marino Marini, as well as several dozen works by Fiorella Diamantini and Mino Maccari.

In connection with the latest addition to the collection, Ateneum will publish an updated Italian-language catalogue entitled Maestri italiani del Novecento - Collezione Rolando e Siv Pieraccini. The editor of the catalogue is Rolando Pieraccini, donator of the collection.

In addition to Giorgio Morandi, other prominent artists represented in the Rolando and Siv Pieraccini Collection include Giorgio de Chirico, Emilio Greco, Giacomo Manzù, Gino Severini, Alberto Burri, Carlo Carrà and Alberto Magnelli.

Italian opera in the Ateneum Hall, Wednesday 11 April

In connection with the publication of the new catalogue, a performance of Italian opera music by soprano Alessandra Gulino D'Ambrosio and pianist Tuula Hällström will be given in the Ateneum Hall. Alessandra is a native of Rome, and her grandfather was the artist Nunzio Gulino, whose works are included in the Rolando and Siv Pieraccini Collection. The performance will be held on Wednesday 11 April at 6pm. The programme includes arias from Verdi's La Traviata and Puccini's Tosca and Madama Butterfly. The performance is included in the entrance fee to the museum.


Ateneum Art Museum Kaivokatu 2, 00100 Helsinki
Open: Tue & Fri 10am-6pm; Wed & Thu 10am-8pm; Sat & Sun 11am-5pm, Mon closed
Tickets: €12/10, free admission for visitors under the age of 18
Further information: Marja Istala Kumpunen, communications manager, tel. +358 (0)50 555 3551, mik@ateneum.fi


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