Alfredo Protti


Alfredo Protti was born in Bologna in 1882. The artistic vocation accompanies him since childhood, an aspiration that can be finally expressed when he was admitted to the Institute of Fine Arts. With his friends, he soon started to look at the Avant-garde. He debuted in 1905 with a group exhibition organized by Francesco Francia Association, and this collaboration will last until 1922. He will be present at the National Exhibition of Fine Arts at Palazzo della Permanente in Milan in 1908, 1910 and 1912. From 1909 until 1926 he was invited at the Venice Biennale. He also partecipates at three editions of the Secession in Rome (1913, 1914, 1915) and in other important italian exhibitions. He also send his works to important international exhibitions abroad: in 1910 in Buenos Aires, in 1911 in Paris, in 1912 in San Francisco, in 1913 in Pittsburgh and Monaco in 1914 in Barcelona and Zurich.

During the tragic war parenthesis, Protti worked in the studio-shelter of Palazzo Bentivoglio. The early twenties are still full of successes. In 1919 there is the exhibition in Naples (Floridiana Museum); in the same year and then in 1923 and in 1927 the Quadriennale in Turin; in 1921 and 1923 to the Rome Biennale; in 1922 to the Primaverile fiorentina.

In the late twenties, the pressure of new trends exclude Protti from the critical debate, isolating him in Bologna. However Protti doesn’t interrupt his work, that in these period is dedicated to research on landscape and on family inside, echo of a painful solitude. Only after World War II there is a new interest on his works.

Already ill, however, Protti died in 1949. The following year the Francesco Francia Association and the Clementine Academy dedicated him an important retrospective at the Civic Museum in Bologna.