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MEDIUM HOT: ALBERTO BURRI

1. THE SITE

THE SLOPING ROOFS are red. The walls, very high and smooth, are black. It looks like a work by Alberto Burri, enlarged and transformed into a piece of industrial architecture. In fact it is the site of the second part of the Burri collection, installed by the Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini in the Ex Seccatoi Tabacchi (a former tobacco-drying facility) in Città di Castello, Umbria, the artist’s birthplace. The first part of the collection, which contains works dating from the late 1940s up to the early 1980s, is located in the Palazzo Albizzini, a short distance away. In 1978 the Fattoria Autonoma Tabacchi ceded to Burri 1 of the 11 sheds that form the Ex Seccatoi Tabacchi. In this space, the artist created his first large cycle of works, “II Viaggio” (The voyage), which was presented to the public one year later. In 1989 the foundation acquired the entire complex and began

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