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miela reina
Unpublished works 1957 - 1964
may - june 2002

Galleria Torbandena has just inaugurated an exhibition of unpublished works by Miela Reina. A series of temperas and gouaches realised between the end of the 50s and the beginning of the 60s corresponding to the most "pictorial" phase of the artist, who, in the following years, dedicated herself to experimentation and installation, reaching the realms of Conceptual Art in an extremely natural way.

The great Triestine artist, passed away at the age of 36, is considered a myth and a steady reference point in the artistic scenario of Trieste.

She is definitely the most important female artist borne by Trieste to the Art of the XX century, an intense and complex figure, always followed with attention and affection by the Italian critic of the last decades. An important theatre of the city is dedicated to her and many tributes have been made to celebrate her artistic life (either at the Museo Revoltella in Trieste and at Villa Manin in Passariano); more recently a general catalogue of her works has been published by Edizioni Mazzotta.

This exhibition is a further homage to Miela Reina's greatness and liveliness. Figures, couples, maternity, families, heads; small explosions of colours and energy which seem to anticipate the neo-wild currents of the European painting of the 80s and evoke a sense of deconstruction and reconstruction of man and of his soul dragging along. Two elements which live together and always interfuse in Miela Reina's work, leaving on the paper indelible tracks of strength and poetry.