Monza's Civic Museums continue in their line of attention towards the masters of contemporary art who have strong ties with the territory, dedicating an exhibition to the painter and intellectual Riccardo Colombo, an unforgettable protagonist of Monza's artistic scene in the second half of the twentieth century. On display, in the exhibition room of the Museum, a selection of his works selected for their thematic coherence and for their obvious and inseparable links with his writings.
The title, "Il Cielo che vedo" (The Sky that I see), is taken from a lyric by Colombo, a painter who was also a writer.
Colombo's sky is that of Monza and Brianza, in particular the glimpse of the sky over the historic Mulino Colombo (Colombo Mill), a historic building in the center of the city, today a museum, where his family was dedicated to the milling of oilseeds . These are the painter's places where he spends the most intense moments of his childhood, which return in his writings and paintings.
In his art his town, Monza, the prak and the hills of Briamnza have a central place.
Riccardo Colombo was born in Monza in 1922. He spent his childhood in the family mill, the Mulino Colombo, today transformed into an industrial-archeology museum along the banks of the Lambro in the heart of Monza. After obtaining the high school license in Brera, he registered at the Faculty of Architecture of the Politecnico di Milano in 1947, but left in 1950 to follow his true pictorial vocation. He thus enrolled at the Accademia di Brera and followed the painting courses of Aldo Carpi and Achille Funi's fresco decoration, beginning to successfully participate in exhibitions and painting contests. In the meantime, he began his career as a teacher in Monza which enabled him to devote space to his artistic and literary production. In 1955 Colombo and other artists founded the Artistic Association of Monza, based at the Galleria San Luca where the painter exhibits his first personal presentation. It's the beginning of a significant exhibition activity that takes him to Milan, Bergamo, Ancona, Alessandria, Pavia, Rome and Genoa.
Monza in the past dedicated Colombo several personal exhibitions, including the anthological exhibition hosted in Arengario in 2002 on the occasion of his 80th birthday and the post exhibition in Civic Gallery in 2008. Riccardo Colombo died in Monza in 2003.