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Mario Raciti, Painting of the Unknown

14.03.2010 - 02.05.2010

Reggio Emilia, 14 March - 2 May - Palazzo Magnani hosts the exhibition “Painting of the Unknown” , works by Mario Raciti, one of the most lyrical Italian painters

One of Raciti’s paintings on show in Reggio Emilia (Source:

Mario Raciti, Presenze-Assenze

The exhibition, curated by Sandro Parmigiani and promoted by the Province of Reggio Emilia, with the support of Fondazione Manodori, follows 50 years of activity (1959-2009) of one of the most lyrical Italian painters, through the display of 100 paintings, including some large-size polyptyches.
Mario Raciti was born in Milan on April 19, 1934. Despite a passion for drawing and painting expressed since childhood and adolescence, and the fact that the artist is also tempted to follow his other great interest for music, Raciti attends law school, but after graduation and only two years of practice as a lawyer, he finally returns to painting.
His first solo show takes place in 1964 at the Galleria Il Canale in Venice, followed by numerous exhibitions in public spaces in Italy and abroad. In 1986 he has a dedicated gallery at the Venice Biennale, and in 1988 the PAC of Milan organizes an exhibition of his works, followed by an anthological exhibition at the Palazzo Sarcinelli di Conegliano a decade later.
Raciti sets his images against an ever indefinite backdrop, whether that be the raw canvas, possibly only just marked by smudges of grey or brown colours, or what seems to allude to amniotic fluid, a dust of water and sky above which rises a curved horizon, an unfathomable space, far away from us.

Useful information

Reggio Emilia, Palazzo Magnani, Corso Garibaldi 29  


Opening times: 10.00 - 13.00, 15.30 - 19.00, closed Monday Ticket information: adults 5 Euros; concessions 4 Euros; students 2 Euros   tel:0522444402 fax:0522452349

How to get there

By plane:
Bologna “G. Marconi”  Airport (located 6 km from the city centre). For more information visit

By car:
Reggio Emilia can be easily reached by road via motorways A1 and A22.
For more information visit the Società autostrade SPA website.

By train:For information on Reggio Emilia railway station visit