COLLA Ettore

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Ettore Colla (Parma, April 16, 1896 - Rome, 1968) was an Italian artist, sculptor and painter.

Ettore Colla was one of the protagonists of Italian abstractionism. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Parma from 1913 and in 1918 he enlisted in the Bersaglieri corps, was seriously injured and for that action received the decoration. In 1923 he moved to Paris where he frequented the ateliers of important artists such as Émile-Antoine Bourdelle, Constantin Brâncuși, Charles Despiau as well as Henri Laurens for whom he worked. Later he traveled to several cities, including Munich, Vienna and Budapest.

Back in Italy in 1926 he moved to Rome, where he settled permanently, he began his activity as a sculptor.

In 1930 one of his sculptures was accepted at the Venice Biennale, in which he exhibited countless times.
In 1932 he obtained a professorship as a teacher at the artistic high school in Naples, and shortly after in Rome (1936).
In 1950 he founded the Origine Group together with artists such as Mario Ballocco, Alberto Burri and Giuseppe Capogrossi.
In 1952 he founded the Visual Arts magazine which will be published until 1958 and will represent a point of reference in the debate in Italy.
In 1959 the solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, which was followed by other important personal exhibitions in Italy and abroad.
In 1961 he exhibited at the "The Art of Assemblage" exhibition at the MoMA in New York which bought him a sculpture.
In 1962 at the invitation of Giovanni Carandente he designed and built a monumental sculpture 13 m high. entitled The great spiral. The work was exhibited in the Sculture in città exhibition in Spoleto during the V Festival dei Due Mondi. The artist donated it to the city. Currently it can be admired outside the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome to which it was loaned on the occasion of an exhibition; the sculpture never returned to Spoleto.
In 1964 he exhibited in a solo out of competition at the XXXII Venice Biennale, in 1967 he was invited to an international collective at the Guggenheim in New York.
The sculptor died in Rome in 1968 at the age of 72.