Art-Port Gallery - Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport
4 August - 4 September 2022

Art-Port Gallery presents an exclusive exposition completely dedicated to Edina Altara's creative production and her vision of Sardinia.

Edina Altara was one of the most important Italian painters and illustrators of the first half of the 20th century. Throughout her artistic career - which began in Sassari under the influence of Giuseppe Biasi and flourished in Milan thanks to her collaboration with Gio Ponti - she tackled the theme of Sardinia and the representation of Sardinian folk dress on several occasions.

Her frequent representation, collected in this exhibition, highlight her privileged subjects: extremely elegant and solemn female figures dressed in the traditional costumes of numerous villages of the island. The woman with the dress and the pastoral settings of Sardinia, are the inspiration for a work that rises to a creative composition capable of expressing and enhancing the imagery from folkloristic bases to neutral stylisations like 'fashion figures'. This gives birth to designs exalting the grace, liveliness of colours and physiognomies of Sardinia through the female world.

Her most famous production, undertaken in the mid-1930s, is that of flat tiles always with Sardinian subjects. For the first time, a recently acquired corpus of works from the Altara's Archive in Sassari will be exhibited to the public, in particular plates and tiles painted with the hot technique and made in Faenza from a draft by Edina Altara, as well as numerous tiles made with the cold technique.

Besides the latest plate acquisitions, never exhibited before in a single exhibition on the artist, the collection of dressed matches, a particular and original production from the 1940s, can be admired in the showcases. The exposition is completed by an unpublished video of the Cavalcata Sarda, made at the end of the 1960s from the home in Via Roma of Edina's sister, Iride Altara, exactly from the room where Iride herself reproduced Edina Altara's tiles from the sketch.

Two photographs by Edina are particularly significant, showing the artist's close attachment to Sardinia. In the historical images, taken in Sassari during the famous Cavalcata of 1929 - organised in honour of King Umberto I and Margherita di Savoia for the inauguration of the monument dedicated to Vittorio Emanuele II in Piazza d'Italia - Edina wears the traditional female dress of Oliena.

The exhibition is cared by Maria Assunta Fodde, Geasar employee, and Federico Spano, great-grandson of the artist and curator of the Altara archive, and it will be open to visitors on the first floor of Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport in the 'Arport-Gallery' museum room all day, until 4 September 2022.

Olbia Costa Smeralda Airport
Museum Room - First Floor
Opening hours: 09:00 - 23:00
Free entrance