Italian artist whose extraordinary research deserves a (re)discovery.

For Augusto Betti (1919-2013), art was a philosophical and spiritual journey, which led him to a very profound understanding of the mysteries of life and of the world.

Appreciated by his illustrious contemporaries - including the art critic Giulio Carlo Argan, the great artist Lucio Fontana, the founder of Centro Pio Manzù Gerardo Filiberto Dasi - for reticence, modesty and character, Betti's work remained largely unknown. With "Trasversale • Pulsazione • Ritmo" Paradisoterrestre aims at making his incredible research and production finally recognized as he deserves.

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Paradisoterrestre presents a retrospective exhibition dedicated to Italian artist Augusto Betti (1919-2013). The exhibition at Paradisoterrestre Gallery intends to offer visitors the opportunity to (re)discover this extraordinary figure, whose incredible production between art and design - always accompanied by teaching - remained largely unknown.

On view his first artistic experimentations with works from the "cassette" series (1959-1961), his resin and fiberglass sculptures "Pulsazioni" (1964), "Scatola dei sentimenti" (1964), "Struttura equilibrante" (1964), "Obelisco" (1965), "Ballerina" (1965), "Vibrazioni" (1967), "Orgonoscopio" (1967), "Camera con lenti" (1969); among the exhibited design pieces: presented for the first time Paradisoterrestre re-edition of "Noodle" armchair, "Austere" chair and table (1967), "Foemina" chair (1967), "Prisma" armchair and sofa (1971), "Ciclope" chair" (1972).

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“Trasversale/Transversal” • “Pulsazione/Pulsation” • “Ritmo/Rhythm”

Thanks to Cristiana Betti and Sergio Callegari; architect Silvia Maggi and Bianca Sangiorgi. With the patronage of the Municipality of Faenza.

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  • Noodle armchair
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Augusto Betti
Noodle armchair

First production: Habitat Sintoni, 1967
Paradisoterrestre edition 2022

Materials: shaped polyurethane, metal and plywood; upholstery in wool worsted Kvadrat/Raf Simons
Dimensions: W 74 D 60 H 68 cm | W 29 D 23,6 H 26,7 in

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  • Cassette series
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Augusto Betti
Genesi, 1960
Materials: wooden box, metal inserts and tulle, glass
Dimensions: W 75 H 75 D 11 cm

Augusto Betti
Qui, ora, 1959
Materials: wooden box, glass and paint marks
Dimensions: W 75 H 75 D 11 cm

Augusto Betti
Senzanome, 1960/1961
Materials: wooden box, glass
Dimensions: W 75 H 75 D 11 cm

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Augusto Betti
Scatola dei sentimenti, 1964
Dimensions: 51,5 x 30 x 30 cm

Augusto Betti
Ballerina, 1965
Dimensions: 43 x 34,5 cm

Augusto Betti
Struttura equilibrante, 1964
Dimensions: 78,5 x 78,5 x 19,5

Augusto Betti
Pulsazioni, 1964
Dimensions: 39 x 151,5 x 23,5 cm

Augusto Betti
Obelisco, 1965
Dimensions: 65 x 213 x 65 cm

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Augusto Betti
Orgonoscopio, 1967

Materials: fiberglass sculpture, lenses, wire mesh
Dimensions: 159 x 179 x 40 cm

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