MAPEI recently renewed its relationship with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation through a contribution to the retrospective Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting.

The exhibition of the works of the Italian postwar innovator opened in October, and runs until Jan. 6, 2016, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Burri, who became famous for the particular technique of collage and assemblage that he adopted in the realization of his works, used Vinavil polyvinyl acetate (PVA) as an adhesive (as shown in a large painting located in the station of Santa Maria Novella in Florence), as well as a glossy surface finish. For this reason, MAPEI Group and its subsidiary, Vinavil USA, chose to support the Guggenheim in its exhibition of Burri’s works.

 “We greatly admire the work of the Guggenheim’s guest curator, Emily Braun, in bringing together Burri’s works from the many generous people and organizations who loaned their paintings for the exhibit,” said Hemant Shah, director of Vinavil.

The project once again strengthens the link between MAPEI and the Guggenheim Foundation that has developed over time—both through the role that the company played in the restoration of two Guggenheim museums (New York and Venice), and through the support of cultural activities, confirming MAPEI’s great commitment to art and culture.

“The opportunity to be a part of the restoration of the building in New York as well as to support an exhibition that represents Italy’s artistic heritage in the modernist period plays to both our strengths,” said Luigi Di Geso, president and CEO of MAPEI Americas. “Alberto Burri’s use of Vinavil products as an integral part of his paintings deepens the bond between the artist, the museum and MAPEI.”

According to Di Geso, MAPEI has always supported the conservation of the world’s artistic heritage. The company has contributed its products and technology so that the great places of Italian and international culture are restored. In addition, MAPEI contributes to the spread of artistic culture that has always been part of the company’s corporate philosophy.

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