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Berto Lardera

"Volume issues from the air and light that penetrate and fill the voids which the planes themselves."


Notes of biography

Berto Lardera was born in 1911 in La Spezia (Italy). Undoubtedly influenced by the occupation of his father, naval engineering, he began sculpting very early. Berto Lardera went to the drawing independent School from 1926 to 1932. His first exhibition was hold in Milan in 1942 then followed by many others (Italy, France, Germany, Brazil, Belgium...).
He moved to Paris in 1947. He immediately took part in numerous group exhibitions and the main annual Parisian Salons (Salon de Mai, Salon des Réalités Nouvelles). The artist, after a few figurative works, was interested in a non abstract sculpture whose style changed significantly over time.
From 1945 to 1949, he assembled geometrical elements which occurred only in two dimensions, some surfaces were barely curved. The artist wanted to show that space could be filled and animated not only with the materiality of completed forms. Lardera worked in the tradition of Pevsner, Tatlin, Archipenko and Julio Gonzales. Later, Berto Lardera looked for the third dimension. Then he assembled cut metal plates, often simple shapes bored in the center, and he distributed them more freely in space. The emptiness was his first material. The artist worked on the lightness and on the adaptation of his sculptures to the environment. He often cut loopholes in the edges of plates and that became one of the hallmarks of his style. Berto Lardera worked on different materials such as iron, aluminum, copper, stainless steel or Corten steel.
Between 1958 and 1961, Berto Lardéra taught sculpture at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg.
Lardera was also engraver. Berto Lardera had the opportunity to make several monumental works; sometimes, his works have been raised near prestigious architecture: like Mies van der Rohe in Krefeld (Germany), Aalvar Alto and Walter Gropius in Berlin, Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin (USA).
Berto Lardera died in Paris in 1989.

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Some were created in lithographic technic, most are simple offset reproductions. They are many those who like collecting these rectangles of paper, monochrome or in games of colours, in matt paper or brilliant, with many words or almost dumb.

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Complete work(s)

Complete work(s)
* « Sculpture de Berto Lardera », Ionel Jianou et B. Lardera, Ed. Arted, Paris, 1968 All the complete works

Bibliographic track and more

To read about the artist :
  • « Berto Lardera », Michel Seuphor, Ed. du Griffon, Neuchâtel, 1960
  • « B. Lardera, Plastik, Gouachen, Collagen. Ausstellung 1960-61», Hamburg 1960
  • « Lardera et la sculpture ouverte », R.J. Moulin, Les Lettres Françaises, 1963
  • « Berto Lardera », Ionel Jianou, Ed. Arted, Editions d’art, Paris, 1968
  • « Syntaxe pour Lardera », Guy Robert, Ed. du Songe, Ottawa, Canada, 1969
  • « Berto Lardera », Bernd Carow, cat. d'expo., Ed. Kunstverein Hannover, 1971
  • « Berto Lardera », in revue Connaissance des Arts n° 227, janv. 1971
  • « Berto Lardera », Marcel Brion, cat. d'expo., Ed. Galerie Charles Kriwin, Paris, 1976
  • « L. - Plastiken-Collagen-Graphiken », cat., Ed. Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum, 1976
  • « Berto Lardera entre deux mondes», Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Paris 2002
To read from the artist :
  • « Berto Lardera », cat. d'expo., extraits de textes, Ed. Galerie Eric Galfard, 1
Website :
No website dedicated to the artist.

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Art movements

+ MODERN SCULPTURE / 1930-1970 / William Kenneth Armiage, Constantin Brancusi, Anthony Caro, Naum Gabo, Pablo Gargallo, Isamu Noguchi, etc.
+ NEW REALITIES / 1946-1956 / Etienne Béothy, Marcelle Cahn, etc.
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