Bettino Craxi: Art, Collecting and Politics

Lithographs

By Bettino Craxi Foundation

1989 by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

Bettino Craxi -Introduction

The art of Bettino Craxi is, in some ways, something very similar to collecting. There is a clear coherence between what he collected and what he professed: indeed Bettino Craxi has made his objects as an important meeting opportunity between art and politics along a path that explores common history moments. Close to the the French artist Marcel Duchamp’s style who declared everyday-objects works of art, Bettino Craxi made "appropriate" gestures moved by a specific conscience of ethical policy. The result is a passionate research for ways to combine art, freedom, democracy, expressiveness and thought.   

1989 by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

1989- Bettino Craxi

Coffer donated by Palestinian people livin in Cisjordan. "1989" is a collection of silkscreens of some items that have been donated to Bettino Craxi They testify the relationship between memories and politics. The collection represents some fundamental moments of international political history.

1989 by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

This artwork shows the flame of freedon in honour of what happened in Tienanmen square in 1989.

1989 by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

Flag that says: "Adios General" which rapresents the fall of Pinochet in Chile.

1989 by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

1989. Ribbon in honour of Imre Nagy, Hungarian martyr, given during his posthumous funeral.

1989 by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

Personalized cigarettes packtes for the electoral campaign of Dukasis and Bush in 1988.

1989 by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

Symbol with french flag colors.

Craxi in the world (1990/1990) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

Craxi in the World- Bettino Craxi

This lithograph portrays the UN Helmet donated by Pérez de Cuéllar  to Bettino Craxi. "Craxi in the world" is a collection of five lithographies dedicated by Bettino Craxi to UN Organizzation. 

Craxi in the world, Bettino Craxi, 1990/1990, From the collection of: Bettino Craxi Foundation
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Bettino Craxi's UN Passport.

Craxi in the world, Bettino Craxi, 1990/1990, From the collection of: Bettino Craxi Foundation
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Bettino Craxi's relation about foreign debt and development.

Craxi in the world, Bettino Craxi, 1990/1990, From the collection of: Bettino Craxi Foundation
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This lithograph portays the quotation of Chairman Mao Tse Tung.

Craxi in the world, Bettino Craxi, 1990/1990, From the collection of: Bettino Craxi Foundation
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Pages of Quran.

Liberté, Fraternité, Égalité by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

Libertè, Fraternité, Égalité - Bettino Craxi

Libertè, Fraternité, Égalité is a collection of three lithographs celebrating three important moments in history. Freedom: the anniversary of the liberation of Italy.                                                            

Liberté, Fraternité, Égalité by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

Fraternity: the Labor Day

Liberté, fraternité, égalité by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

Equality: the International Women's Day

Le Vice (1995/1995) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

Le Vice 1995 - Bettino Craxi

This lithograph is part of a collection of six lithographies.These lithographs are taken from advertising campaigns of the French cigarettes “Melia”. “Melia” was a French brand which manufactured cigarettes in Algeria and sold them in northern Africa during the early twentieth century. It’s not really easy to say what is intended as “vicious” in the “Cigarettes” series, whether smoking or eroticism.

 

Le Vice (1995/1995) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

Le Vice (1995/1995) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

Le Vice, Bettino Craxi, 1995/1995, From the collection of: Bettino Craxi Foundation
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Le Vice, Bettino Craxi, 1995/1995, From the collection of: Bettino Craxi Foundation
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Le Vice, Bettino Craxi, 1995/1995, From the collection of: Bettino Craxi Foundation
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La Preiere (1997/1997) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

La Preiere, 1997 - Bettino Craxi

This is the introduction of a collection of lithographs depicting pages of books written in Arabic. It was a tribute to Quran and Pope John Paul II presented by Bettino Craxi. During a gathering of young Muslim people in Morocco, Pope John Paul II said in his memorable speech that God is unique, as to encourage the union of monotheistic religions in the worship of one only God. 

La Preiere (1997/1997) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

La Preiere, Bettino Craxi, 1997/1997, From the collection of: Bettino Craxi Foundation
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La Preiere (1997/1997) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

La Preiere (1997/1997) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

La Preiere (1997/1997) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

Aureus (1997/1997) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

Aureus, 1997 -  Bettino Craxi

Introduction to a collections of lithographs in which are represented some gold coins from the Roman Empire. Initially, they were not popular during the Republican Era and they became widespread in the imperial one; they portray different Roman Emperors.

Aureus (1997/1997) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

Diocletian, Roman Emperor III-IV sec a. c.

Aureus (1997/1997) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

Hadrian, Roman Emperor I-II sec a. c.

Aureus (1997/1997) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

Vespatian, Roman Emperor, I sec. a.c.

Aureus (1997/1997) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

Augustus, Roman Emperor , I sec. b.c - I sec. a.c.

Aureus (1997/1997) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

Antoninus Pius, Roman Emperor, I-II sec. a.c.

China is near (1999/1999) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

China is near - Bettino Craxi

Introduction to a collection of lithographs which portrays popular Chinese theatre and it has been realized in occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Revolution. It is the symbol of Chinese dedication to work, of the modest lifestyle but rich of experiences and of the achievement of peace.

China is near (1999/1999) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

China is near (1999/1999) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

China is near (1999/1999) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

China is near (1999/1999) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

China is near (1999/1999) by Bettino CraxiBettino Craxi Foundation

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