Calendar 2011

Superfici

Burgo Group has chosen Tullio Pericoli as the artist for its 2011 calendar.

Tullio Pericoli's artistic career has progressed from popular illustrations and portraits to, in more recent years, landscape paintings (a collection of which he has exhibited in Rome in 2010 in a personal show at the Ara Pacis).

For his assignment with Burgo Group he has done six water colours, syncretically entitled Superfici (Surfaces), where his "sitting and admiring" experience encounters paper and takes it on board; it thus becomes at once physical and symbolic beneficiary of the work.

Pericoli's familiar hillside landscapes become the stage upon which he narrates the passing of the seasons: colours and highlights blow hot and cold as we browse through time on paper, attentive observers of the perpetual miracle of Nature.
Paper blends naturally into this landscape. It becomes its pervasive fabric, a sublayer: a veritable raw material before which a symbolic figure finds himself in contemplation, of the landscape or of himself; just as it turns into fields, cultivatable land where, at the end, calligraphic signs repeat furrows in snow-covered, ashen land.

Paper like land, a white space to represent and to fill, but also symbolic, fertile terrain which welcomes seed and will bear fruit.

The Pericoli-signed calendar continues the Group's consolidated tradition of calendars signed by the most celebrated illustrators such as, in recent years, Moebius, Griffa, Muñoz and Loustal.

Superfici is printed on the very latest Respecta 100 satin, a coated woodfree paper boasting FSC® certified 100% recycled while the cover, silk-screen painted, is done on Prisma Silk, an FSC®- certified coated woodfree board.

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Tulio Pericoli

Tulio Pericoli was born on October 2, 1936 in Colli del Tronto, province of Ascoli Piceno. After a period of training in artist Ernesto Ercolani's atelier, in the early 1960s he moved to Milan.
From 1970 onwards his illustrations have appeared in Linus, Corriere della Sera and L'Espresso. In the meantime he also began exhibiting his works in Milan, Parma, Urbino and at the Olivetti plant in Ivrea. The series of illustrations for the memorable edition of Robinson Crusoe produced by Olivetti date from 1985.
His association with La Repubblica began in 1984. Pericoli became a constant presence in the press and his illustrations were published in important international newspapers and magazines including, from 1992 onwards, The New Yorker and Harper's Magazine. Meanwhile there were further personal exhibitions of his works in Milan, Paris and Munich. In 1993 he received the Gulbransson Award from the Olaf Gulbransson Museum in Tegertisce (Norway).
A new departure starting 1995 was his splendid work as set and costume designer in the field of opera (Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, Zurich Opernhaus and in 1998, La Scala in Milan) and also theatre (The Chairs by Ionesco, Piccolo Teatro Studio di Milano, 2001). In 2001 Adelphi published the volume I ritratti, a collection of 577 portraits, predominantly of literary figures, part of which were exhibited in Milan in 2003. Some of the more recent publications covering his work are La casa ideale by Robert Louis Stevenson (Adelphi, 2004), Viaggio nel paesaggio (Edizioni Nuages, 2004), L'anima del volto (Bompiani, 2005).
In 2007 his portraits of Samuel Beckett were exhibited in Dublin at the Oscar Wilde House.
In 2010 an exhibition entitled Lineamenti. Volto e paesaggio was organised at the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome. It included 53 large oil paintings produced between 2007 and 2010 covering the artist's pictorial studies in the portrait and landscape fields.
Tullio Pericoli