Paesaggi africani, 1937-1939

Disegni e incisioni di Lino Bianchi Barriviera

[African landscapes, 1937-1939. Drawings and engravings by Lino Bianchi Barriviera]

edited by Silvia Bianchi with Francesca Ghersetti

Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche-Canova

Treviso 2010

80 pages

12 euros

ISBN 978-88-8409-228-1

(catalogue of the exhibition promoted and organized by the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, Treviso, 13th February-4th April 2010)

This free-standing publication offers the reader a summary of the written materials and reproductions of a selection of the works of Lino Bianchi Barriviera that were exhibited at the Foundation’s headquarters from 13th February-4th April 2010.

The exhibition was part of a cultural operation that attempted to reject the logic of the ephemeral event which is an end in itself and rather to give explicit prominence to the necessary link between study, research and the conservation and diffusion of expertise and knowledge.

Promoted and organized by the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche and curated by Silvia Bianchi, the exhibition brought together over a hundred drawings and engravings done by Lino Bianchi Barriviera during and after the period he spent in Libya and Ethiopia between 1937 and 1939. Documents, publications, photographs, maps, objects and other materials mainly from the artist’s personal archive, donated to the Foundation by his family in 1999, were used to contextualize the artistic works, which were displayed in chronological order so as to constitute a sort of travel diary of a journey that was originally arranged to satisfy personal artistic interests but which later, in the early months of 1939, overlapped with the archaeological campaign at Lalibela, conducted by Alessandro Augusto Monti della Corte.

The opportunity this approach offers is of course that of getting to know and analyse the distinctive qualities of an artistic production in the sequence drawing, engraving, and in some cases plate, but also of “studying” the places depicted through this artistic expression, in an attempt to reconstruct the artist’s point of view during the journey.



Silvia Bianchi, Un artista trevigiano in Africa, 6

Lino Bianchi Barriviera (1906-1985), nota biografica a cura di Silvia Bianchi, 9

Lino Bianchi Barriviera, Le chiese monolitiche di Lalibelà (introduzioni alle edizioni del 1943 e del 1949), 11

Lino Bianchi Barriviera, Le chiese di Lalibelà (1952), 16


Il viaggio
1. In Libia, 1937, 19
2. Nella Colonia di Eritrea, 20 dicembre 1938-15 febbraio 1939, 27
3. In Etiopia. Governo dell’Amàra, 16 febbraio-2 aprile 1939, 35
4. In Etiopia. Spedizione a Lalibelà, 3 aprile-20 maggio circa 1939, 43
5. Il rientro ad Asmara e la mostra personale; Addis Abeba e ritorno in Italia, 51
Francesca Ghersetti, Il fondo Lino Bianchi Barriviera della Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, 57
Fabio Fiorani, La donazione Lino Bianchi Barriviera all’Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, 60

Bibliografia di riferimento, 63

Catalogo, 69