Carlo Corsi

Carlo Corsi born the in 1879 in Nice, Corsi grows up in an environment of musicians and singers. In his childhood he moves to Bologna that will remain his habitual residence. In 1902 he moves to Turin, where he completed his academic studies. After the studies, he did a big travel across Europe, where he visited the most prestigious museums in Amsterdam, The Hague, Antwerp, Brussels, Paris. An “initiation” journey among the works of the great masters: Rembrandt, Franz Hals, Vermeer and the Impressionists. In 1912 he is accepted at the Venice Biennale and in 1913 he organized an exhibit in Monaco. In 1915 he had an exhibit in San Francisco, where one of his most important works was purchased from the Museum of Modern Art. In the same years he took part also at the four international exhibitions of Rome’s Secession. He was again in Venice in 1920 and in 1922. In 1941 he won the Bergamo award. In 1943 receives the invitation to the Rome Quadrenniale with an exhibition that includes 24 works. After the war he sets up ten personal exhibits in various cities including Venice, Milan, Bologna and Turin; in 1950 he was invited to Venice, where he exhibited three works: a gouache and two collages and again in 1952 with a big “collage”. In 1954 he was invited to the Biennale with five works and subsequently he exhibited at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels with Deyrolle, Karskaja, Coppel, Koenig and Wells, for an exhibition of “collages”. He exhibites again at the Venice Biennale in 1958 with a room reserved for his use and with the presentation of Francesco Arcangeli.

An anthological at the “Strozzina” in Florence, with a hundred works, definitely takes him to the attention of critics, and in 1964 at the civic Museum of Bologna is staged a retrospective exhibition.