I met my first alien back in September 2010.
D and I were on our way to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and we kind of stumbled into a Berengo Studio Gallery at Calle Nuova Sant’Agnese. The tiny gallery was manned by a friendly and knowledgeable Stefano Gritti and we made polite conversation about the few large alien sculptures on display. At that time, I had never heard of Massimo Lunardon but his creations had (and still have) this wonderful sense of childlike naivetivity that immediately captured our imagination.
Anyway, as we were about to step out of the gallery, Stefano asked if we had time to see one more. And he brought out this baby.
We were immediately charmed. So for all the joy this creature brings us, I am thankful to Stefano.
PS/ D and I went to look for Stefano when we visited Venice the following year but were unfortunately told that he no longer worked for Berengo Studio. Hopefully our path will cross once more in future…
Information on this piece.
Artist: Massimo Lunardon
Series: Esseri / Alien
Dimension: 31.8 x 14.4 x 7.6 (cm)
Signed ‘Massimo Lunardon 2010’ (right foot) and ‘P.50’ (left foot)
Photo-certificate of authenticity from Berengo Studio