Pietre - Aristide Coluccini




This exhibition, which was mounted in the staterooms in the Palazzo Ducale in Lucca in the spring of 2004, was dedicated to the work of the sculptor and designer Aristide Coluccini, one of the most important 20th-century artists in the Province of Lucca.

In the words of Antonella Serafini, curator of the exhibition, Coluccini’s life and artistic career were deeply marked by the two World Wars. In the first he lost his father, and in the second he lived in Versilia under German occupation and indirectly witnessed the Nazi-Fascist massacre in Sant’Anna di Stazzema.
His reaction to the horror of war was to celebrate the values of everyday life with a tenderness that is both astonished by and grateful for all that lives and exists despite everything, and for daily life that goes on whatever is happening.

In the post-war years, his works aimed at a figurativeness that was not the result of an ideological stance but the direct outcome of his basic existential approach.
Coluccini was born in Valdicastello in Versilia. He always had a very close relationship with his village and it was a constant source of inspiration and raw material for his sculptures (he selected the stones he sculpted from the river there). He sculpted the war memorial, various pieces for the church and some gravestones for the local community. Many of the works shown in the exhibition come from the garden of the house in Valdicastello where he lived for most of his life.