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Carlos Sergio Signori

Sans titre

1964
Presentation of the artwork
The work, presented in Mount Royal Park, is carved out of a block of white granite that rests directly on the ground. Abstract in form, it reflects one of the central artistic concerns of the 1960s: the highlighting of material as subject.

The monolithic artwork explores the formal components of sculpture: material, weight, notion of stability. Its lateral faces are horizontally striated, but the spacing of the horizontal marks, in relief or counter-relief, varies on each face. The artwork, its surface unfinished, shows an inclination.
Associated events
Signori’s artwork was executed for the International Sculpture Symposium in Montréal (1964), the first time a symposium was held in North America. The goals of this concept, created a few years earlier in Europe, were to have artists create monumental sculptures in a context of encounters with the public and to provide public spaces with international-calibre artworks. Instigated by sculptor Robert Roussil, this symposium gathered 11 sculptors from nine countries and attracted more than 40,000 visitors. It was seen as one of the events that brought Québec into artistic and cultural modernity.
Carlos Sergio Signori
Carlo Sergio Signori was born in Milan in 1906. In 1935, he attended the Académie André Lothe in Paris, alongside some of the greatest artists of his time: Giacometti, Léger, De Chirico, and Zadkine. In 1958, the Venice Biennale granted him a personal gallery, in which he presented 15 artworks. During his career, Signori had shows around the world and produced a number of works of public art. He died in Carrare, Italy, in 1988.
Awards and honours
  • Prix international de la Ville de Carrare, 1962
Presentation of the artwork
The work, presented in Mount Royal Park, is carved out of a block of white granite that rests directly on the ground. Abstract in form, it reflects one of the central artistic concerns of the 1960s: the highlighting of material as subject.

The monolithic artwork explores the formal components of sculpture: material, weight, notion of stability. Its lateral faces are horizontally striated, but the spacing of the horizontal marks, in relief or counter-relief, varies on each face. The artwork, its surface unfinished, shows an inclination.
Associated events
Signori’s artwork was executed for the International Sculpture Symposium in Montréal (1964), the first time a symposium was held in North America. The goals of this concept, created a few years earlier in Europe, were to have artists create monumental sculptures in a context of encounters with the public and to provide public spaces with international-calibre artworks. Instigated by sculptor Robert Roussil, this symposium gathered 11 sculptors from nine countries and attracted more than 40,000 visitors. It was seen as one of the events that brought Québec into artistic and cultural modernity.
Carlos Sergio Signori
Carlo Sergio Signori was born in Milan in 1906. In 1935, he attended the Académie André Lothe in Paris, alongside some of the greatest artists of his time: Giacometti, Léger, De Chirico, and Zadkine. In 1958, the Venice Biennale granted him a personal gallery, in which he presented 15 artworks. During his career, Signori had shows around the world and produced a number of works of public art. He died in Carrare, Italy, in 1988.
Awards and honours
  • Prix international de la Ville de Carrare, 1962
Detail
Variation of title
Non titrée (SISM-64)
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
1964
Mode of acquisition:
Purchase
Accession date
March 7 1966
Technique(s)
Direct carving
Materials
Marble
General dimensions
274 x 127 x 81 cm
Sans titre
Borough
Ville-Marie
Park
Parc du Mont-Royal