Murer was born in Falcade (Belluno) in 1952. In the early years he was
sensitively influenced by his father Augusto: he learned to refine a taste
for forms and plasticity of the subject. Later on Murer deepened his research
into his own expressive means, confirming himself in one-man shows and
collections of more and more increasing importance. His artistic personality
revealed itself early: he received the silver medal (he was second in
the national field) at the student`s show in Campidoglio (Rome), that
was organized by the "Giornale d`Italia". He moved to Venice
for his studies, attended Alberto Viani`s courses and graduated in 1974
at the Academy of Fine Arts. He currently lives and works in Falcade.
"Franco Murer - as Orfeo Vangelista says - had no difficulty in verifying, first of all in his familiar sphere, his natural bent for expressing himself through plastic and figurative forms and later for becoming a part of that wider cultural climate (of the seventies), that yet keeps two gravitation poles: the juvenile state of ferment of the lagoon-city and his father`s civil and humanistic engagement.
Franco Murer and the creative cycle "Franco Murer is a perfect example of the paradoxical conception of temporality and of how myth and reason can come together in a personal and stimulating amalgam. Murer is certainly a mythical painter, but his modern mythology is the result of an individual journey through reason and not a mere reflection of an unknown and borrowed inspiration". So says Paolo Levi in the introduction of Franco Murer's catalogue. "The human figure," says Maurizio Zanon in his piece, " finds its most concrete realisation in Murer's work, above all the feminine figure of multiple faces, treated with extreme strength and at the same time with original delicacy". But this painter also has a great deal of the majesty and the mystery of nature. In fact Mario Rigoni Stern wrote "Murer's woods are the woods of our antique mountains, where our mountain ancestors found life and survival. With signs and colours he gives us images of woods which starting from the first forms of existence, bring us to the most fabulous myth of ancient wiseness: the tree man".
His first one-man show was presented in the art gallery "La Cornice"
of Belluno and then he took part in the International graphic art exhibition
He presented a works-cycle in some art galleries: "Bottega del
Quadro" of Feltre (presented by Tono Zancanaro) , "Galleria
d'Arte Comtemporanea" of Pieve di Cadore, "Galleria d'Arte
13" of Reggio Emilia and "ADAC "of Modena.
He exibited again in the Contemporary art gallery of Pieve di Cadore.
His work was exhibited in the art gallery "La Roda" of Rovigo.
He prepared one-man shows in the art gallery "Velasquez" of
Milan, the "Artistic Circle" of Cortina d'Ampezzo (BL), the
"Contemporary Art-Gallery" of Pieve di Cadore (BL), the Art-Gallery
"la Cornice" of Belluno and Amos Rossi presented Franco in
the catalogue. In the Studio Murer, located in Falcade (BL), Spartaco
Marangoni, Vice-President of the Venetia Province, presented the exhibition
"The hardships of civilization".
1977 He prepared three one-man shows in the "Modern Art Gallery" of Teramo (Introduction by Tono Zancanaro and Mario Monteverdi), the art gallery "Nuova Medusa " of Bologna (introduction by Ernesto Treccani) and "La Bottega d'Arte" of Cortina d'Ampezzo (BL) (introduction by Dino Villani).
He prepared further one-man shows in Nereto (TE) (Municipal Administration)
in the art gallery "Il Centro " of Ancona (Ulisse Gilioli
introduced the art exhibition) and at the "Expo Arte" of Bari.
He realized a folder with five etchings for the Corpo e Fiore Editor,
Venice - Rome which was presented by Mario Monteverdi.
He presented some one-man shows in several art galleries: "Il Patio"
of Ravenna, the "San Giuseppe" of Bologna and abroad (Switzerland)
at the art gallery "Au Vieux Villeneuve" (introduction by
Otello Pagliarani), the "Galerie De l'Atelier" of Neuchatel,
and the "Salle Saint-Georges" of St. Imier (presented by Dino
He prepared some one-man shows in the following art galleries: "G
20" of Macerata, "La Torre" of Mantua (presented by William
Tode and Mario Cattafesta), "Cavallino Bianco" of Suzzara (Mantua),
Academy of Belluno and Modern Arts Academy of Teramo.
The Municipal Administrations of Finale Emilia and Mirandola, exhibited in the "Culture-room" and in the "Council-room" the works of art collected in the Volume "On the Boats of Bènodet", "Il Bulino" art editions, presented by Mario Rigoni Stern, Luigi Mattei and Mauro Bini.
He realized a graphic art folder for the Appia Association on the occasion of the 24th Provincial Congress of Belluno.
His works appeared in the catalogues and in the art exhibitions: "The Art for the Resistance", Polironiano Museum, in San Benedetto Pò, Municipal Seat "Poggio Rusco", engraving editions "Corbo e Fiore", Bevilacqua-La Masa Foundation, Venice; "La Bottega del Busato, litografia e calcografia in Vicenza", Simens-Contarini's villa, Piazzola sul Brenta (Padua).
That was a very important year for Franco Murer`s artistic formation. About the "Cycle of the woods", Mario Rigoni Stern wrote binding notes: "Giotto's tree is vast and shaking as a mistical forest, and such remains the memory of those who saw the "Scorvegni's Frescos"; instead Franco Murer's woods are our woods of the ancient Mountain, where the mountain ancestors drew their life and survival... Through signs and colours he gives us images of woods that starting from the early forms of light-life existence bring us to the most fabulous myth of the ancient wisdom: to the wood-men".
While William Tode (speaking about the Apollinaire`s cycle and the big picture "The Time is jagged space") underlines for the first time the existence in Franco Murer's Art of a connection between Painting and Music ("Scansion of chromatic, drawing and composing accords").
He presented some one-man shows in several art galleries: "Piccinini"
of Cortina d'Ampezzo (BL), "Sant'Angelo" of Venice (presented
by Salvatore Maugeri), "Gigli" of Mestre (Venice), "Lo
Scrigno" of Treviso, "Il Voltone" of Reggio Emilia, "Studio
5" of Bologna.
He realized some one-man shows in some art galleries: "Al Corso"
of Trieste , "Arte Italia" of Asiago (VI), "La Cornice"
of Belluno, "Saletta Gries" of Bolzano, "Rizzoli Arte"
art gallery Vittorio Emanuele, Milan, "at the Art meeting"
in the Congress-hall in Rosolina Mare.
New paintings and drawings of the cycle of "The Gold of the Rhine"
of Wagner`s work were displayed in some one-man shows in: the "Studio
Ariele" of Vicenza, the "Municipal Art-Gallery" of Oristano,
the "Petrofil Gallery" of Milan, the "Rizzoli Arte"
of Matera and Potenza, the "Arte Italia" of Asiago (VI), the
"Galleria Magazzino del Sole" of Viareggio (in the catalogue
a critical assay by Paolo Rizzi). At the "Leonardo Arte" of
Rome he exposed "Melody in the time", a series of works collected
in a catalogue and presented by Riccardo Barletta.
He exhibited the pictorial cycle "The Garden of the delightes"
in the "Il Bulino" Studio in Modena and in the art galleries:
"Il Triangolo" of Cremona, "Kuperion" of Merano
(BZ), "Locus Salus" in Gioia del Colle (BA), "Bevilacqua"
in Padua, "San Marco" in Bassano del Grappa (VI). Elda Fezzi
underlined in "The News of Art": "The Garden of the delights"
both mysterious in the figurations and extended, dilated, expansive
as a flow of painting, as a fluid and undone drawing, that first of
all wants to declare the most wide and happy gestural liberty. The painter
attracts the attention, more than on the forms and the meanings of the
multiform representation of mythical and mythological images of Eden,
or of Curtensi's delights, of "Concerts" and amorous secret
meetings, on his way of painting, on impulsive and rapid characteristics
of a graphic "ductus" that, mixed to a changing colour sketch,
extends and slides away together with the figural shadows that remained
curdled. You know, also in this painting he doesn't want to tie himself
to precise dictates of contemporary schools any more, it comes into
everything and everything becomes, when it becomes the expression of
In "The Faust" catalogue published by Leonardo Arte of Rome,
Sergio Rispoli wrote: "In his Studio, in the mountains, the separation
of the inner from the exterior is a more conceptual rather than physique
delimitation...Here Franco Murer experimented the theatre, with the
evolution of his characters and his legendary stories. And now, from
about 2 years, all is mobilized to rebuild the undone stagings of the
previous representations, the iconographic fragments that compose the
plot of this last performance of painting, planned on the lesson of
Goethe`s Faust. In these two years, Murer wandered around the steps
of the "Prologue in the sky" and "The Night of Valpurga"
and deferred, with different techniques and intensity, to turn the recalls
and the cues into pictures originated from the lines of the poem".
1987 He prepared some one-man shows: in the Cultural Circle "The Sign" of Brindisi, "The Stall" of Bologna, the "Municipal Library" of Taormina, the "Leonardo Arte" of Pistoia, the "Ferry-boat 2" of Venice, the "Faro Arte" of Noci (TA), the "Kuperion" of Merano (BZ), the "Municipal Administration" of Cadoneghe (PD) and for the secondary school he realized a big mural dealing the themes of the rustic world, from witch the Community drew his origin, and tells allegorically the past of Cadoneghe (PD); town administration, Palace of Arts, Foggia. For the "World games of Light-athletics" in Rome in the new seat of the Olympic Stadium he exhibited works of art of big size about various athletics disciplines. Winner of the Under '35 competition (100 artists recommended by 100 critics), with the picture "A Faust without Maledictions", recommended by Guido Perocco. "Arte Fiera" in Bologna. At the request of the Diocesan Museum of Venice he took part in the 3rd edition of the "National Biennial Exhibition of sacred art" (prize-winner). With the art gallery "Leonardo Arte" he took part in the "Expo Arte" of Bari and in the "Arte Fiera" of Bologna. For the actuality and culture monthly review "50&PIU'" he illustrated Luca Desiato`s short story "Mirko with blue eyes" ; he drew the book-cover of Maurizio Zanon`s "The narcisuss Men", Panda editions.
1988 He ordered some one-man shows in the Centre of Art Studies "The Image" of Lecce, the "Modern Art-Gallery" of Teramo, the "Municipal Casinò" of San Remo (IM), the "Galerie du Théatre"of Guinevere, where he presented "The Night of Valpurga" of Goethe`s Faust. Sergio Rispoli (from the "Night of Valpurga" catalogue)..."Franco Murer evokes on scenaries of elegy the ephemeral apparitions that give life to the narration of the irreverent bet of the immortality of beauty. But when it appears, the beauty decomposes and mingles with the elements of the space, spreading into light-colour-waves on the matter of the forms, obliterating looks and smiles, allaying gestures and limbs; at last making recognisable through dangerous metamorphosis flatterer Fauns and other mysterious and sly presences of the woods and of the waters that sing about the places and the times from which you never return". He took part in the "Arte Fiera" of Bologna, the "Expo Arte" of Bari, the "Art Box" of Capri (MO); the "Arte in riviera" of Dolo (VE), the "Rotary International - Municipal Library" of Arese (MI), "The Poetics of the image in the Contemporary Art" Il Segno of Brindisi. The director and promoter of the Franciscan Modern-art Museum in Assisi (PG), Father Felice Rossetti, choose personally in the Sudio of Falcade the work of art "The Crucifixion" (oil on canvas, cm. 150x120) for the Franciscan Museum. Franco Murer illustrated: Ugo Ronfani`s book "Gala Evening" ( Piovan Editor); Floriano Pellegrini`s book "The teen-agers' Story" ( Nuova Sentieri Editor); for the theatre review "Hystorio" Cesare Molinari`s "Who has killed Lady Ofelia?"; the binding for the "Medical Belluno" and for the "50&PIU'" review Maria Luisa Spaziani`s "The illusions of Nicomede".
He prepared some one-man shows: in the "Albanese Arte" of
Matera, the art gallery "Giordano", the art gallery "Contini"
( Municipal Administration of Oristano), and in the Sports Centre A.
Corrassori, of Modena. In the rooms and in the stately cloister of the
Art-centre St. Apollonia in Venice, Franco Murer presented the new cycle
of pictorial works inspired to a biblical lyric short poem of "The
Song of Songs". In the catalogue of this show Maurizio Zanon wrote:
"Here, we don't speak directly about God, but about a passionate
and mutual love between a boy and a girl that join and disappear themselves,
look and find themselves: it is a very human love, but it is projected
towards the Divine and changes, little by little, in the mystic love:
Here's the last big secret! In fact in the 4th Poem of "The Song
of Songs" the Spouse says: "I'm for my dear and my dear is
for me; he pastures the flock among the lilies". (2,16).
He painted a "brocade", symbol of the "Palio" of
Feltre (BL). Franca Visentin reviewed in the "Gazzetta": "His
realization binds the author to create a series of drawings, sketches,
oils exhibited in "Fondaco delle Biade". Near this testimony
of sensible reading and interpretation of the sumptuous historical event,
relived by the Town of Feltre, Franco Murer exhibits also a series of
paintings that complete the character of his pictorial peculiarity,
offering a precious key of reading of the inspiring motives that made
it possible for the artist to express the historical data at full liberty
The Municipal Administration of Arsiè (BL) and The Mountain Community
of Feltre invited him to exhibit the works of art of "The Faust"
and "The Song of Songs" in the rooms of "The Leonardo
Da Vinci" secondary school. From the catalogue of the art-exhibition
"The struggle for memory" - Franca Visentin: "Franco
Murer`s pictorial search penetrates and finds its interpretative strength
not only in the emotional pushes and pulsions of intuition but also
and above all in the researches among the classics` works...".
He prepared some one-man shows in: the art gallery "Arte Viva"
of Vicenza; the art gallery "Meridiana" of Verona ( The editor
Bubola&Naibo, took care of the art-exhibition and published the
catalogue "Writings in painting" with critical texts by Nicola
Miceli and Maurizio Zanon); "September in Brandolini's Villa"
Solighetto (TV); "The meetings of the artists" in Trento;
the Municipal Administration of Avezzano (AQ); "Art and/or photography"
with the photographer Mario Vidor at the "Nof Filò"
of Cencenighe Agordino (BL). In the prestigious seat of the Busato's
art printing-house in Vicenza, he exhibited the cycle of works of art
inspired by "Memoire", the visionary, lyric, and surreal Arthur
Rimbaud`s poem. The presentation of this important appointment with
Franco Murer's Art was given to Fernando Bandini, lecturer in arts at
the University of Padua and Geneva. He also took care of the translation
of the poem "Memoire" and of the critical text of the volume
which accompanied the art exhibition. Salvatore Maugeri recensed it
for "Il Giornale" of Vicenza: "The clear water, as the
salt of the infantile tears..., Rimbaud started his "Memory"
with this attack and Franco Murer imagines lying bodies of little girls
and faces with locks, ruffled by the breeze, that hide obscure, mysterious
Franco Murer is one of the Italian artists, which have contributed to
the honours for the Bicentenary of Carlo Goldoni's death. He executed
four lithographies "An Homage to Goldoni" in numbered edition
1/100 and hand-coloured. The lithographies were realized in collaboration
with the Publishing-house Viviani and the theatre review "Hystrio",
Ricordi publishing-house. The folder was offered to the President of
the Republic, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, and to the authorities that came
to the Cini Foundation of Venice for the official opening of the "Goldonian"
year. Andrea Pietri, the Culture Councillor of the Municipality of Modena
and the President of "Emilia Romagna Theatre" wrote: "It
is a curious and prepared public, who will receive this exhibition of
Franco Murer`s works of art, witch he dedicated to Goldoni in the year
of the Bicentenary of his death. It's right that the circles of the
Storchi Theatre should accommodate these coloured creatures of fantasy,
where they can revive in the audience's eyes but within call of a stage,
the real house of characters born to embody themselves in the actors'
He presented several one-man shows in: the "Marzabotto Arte",
in Marzabotto (BO), the art gallery "Lupo Arte" in Palermo,
the Municipal Administration of Andalo (TN), the Municipal Administration
of Coredo (TN), the art gallery "Tiziano" in Cortina D'Ampezzo
(BL), the art gallery "Ducci" in Vittorio Veneto (TV), the
"Pizzoni Palace" in Serravalle (TV), the Municipal Administration
of Chies D'Alpago (BL), the "Palace of the Province" in Trento
with the Master Remo Wolf, the "B.N.L.Telethon '94" in Trento.
He exhibited the cycle "The Time of myth and memory" in the
"Ducal Palace" of Sabionetta (MN) presented by Leandro Ventura
and Filippo Di Forti. In the catalogue of the art-exhibition ("Il
Bulino Editions", Modena) the Mayor Ernesto Cortellazzi..."Sabbioneta
is a place of memory, art and mystery that knows how to stimulate always
new creative suggestions: to the artists as well as to the common visitors.
Franco Murer`s art exhibition, prepared in the "Ducal Palace"
rooms and including works of art purposely painted on "the springs
of Sabionetta", will help and urge the visitors to run through
a myth again". For "The Holy Trinity" of Avezzano (AQ)
he painted the " XIII Station for the Way of the Cross: Jesus Christ
dead on the cross" at Monsignor Franco Michetti`s invitation, works
of art collected in the catalogue "The Gospel of Passion",
Marconi art-editions, Genoa, texts by Monsignor Franco Michetti, Prof.
Leonello Farinacci. He took part in the collective art exhibition of
contemporary artists at the Abbey in Follina (TV); 25 artists interpreted
"The Nativity of Christ 2000 years later" with paintings of
considerable dimensions, cm. 130x150 and collected in a catalogue with
inscriptions by Angelo Arpa and the Prior. Francesco Polotto. He took
part in the 2nd Contemporary Art exhibition "Artists in Pordenone".
1995 He presented a new expositive cycle "Between Science and Evanescence" collected in a catalogue by the editor "Bubola&Naibo" with a critical text by Enrica Angella and Piero Bongi, and with Janus and Paolo Rizzi`s testimonies. The works of art were presented in some seats: the "Carraresi's House" in Treviso, the art gallery "Tiziano" in Cortina D'Ampezzo (BL), the art gallery "Accademical Theatre" in Castelfranco Veneto (TV). During the summer, for the first time he exhibited in Austria (Seelfeld) in the expositive rooms of the Casino. He presented one-man shows in some art galleries: the "Scrimin Meetings" in Bassano del Grappa (VI), "The meeting of the Artists" in Trento, the polyfunctional centre with the photographer Mario Vidor in Soligo (TV). In the "Coat-of-arms Room" the direction of St. Vittore and Corona`s Sanctuary and the culture Assessorship of Feltre (BL), presented the volume about the two Martyrs. To enrich the work, Franco Murer`s drawings and Mario Vidor`s photos were exhibited during the show in "Fondaco delle Biade", co-ordinated by Amore Canton. He made the portrait of one of the participants in the National Manifestation "The Model for the Art" in Baveno on the Maggiore lake (NO). On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Liberation, he realized a colour lithography for the "A.N.P.I." of Belluno. For the coming out of Gianni Farinato`s book "Rebels for freedom" (Castaldi Editor) he realized the lithography on the subject of the concentration camps.
He presented one-man shows in the "Piccolomini castle" in
Celano (AQ), the "Municipal Library" of Fondo (TN), "The
meeting of the artists" in Trento, the "Civic Library"
of Breganze (VI).
1997 The art gallery "The meeting of the Artists" of Trento organized the itinerant one-man show in the Municipalities of Trento: Lavarone, Folgaria,Pergine (Spinning-mill room), Mezzolombardo (ex-town hall) and Lavis (library). He prepared one-man shows in the art gallery "Marzabotto Arte" (BO), the "House of the wandering" in Pompei (NA), the art gallery "Petrofil Arte" in Milan, the art gallery "Bottega d'Arte" in Sacile (PN), the art gallery "La Piccola" in Avezzano (AQ) and at the same time with the Municipality of Avezzano and the culture Assessorship organized for the "Summer Events 1997" the art exhibition "The Temple of Nature" and "The magic flute" in the "Municipal gallery of modern art " of Modena; the art exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue with a critical text by Pia Flugenzi. The Municipality of Carpi (MO), in order to make the teen-agers appreciate the recovery of memory, invited 33 artists (among these also Franco Murer), to testify with a work of freedom and thought, in a place of abuses and pain such as the "Ex Campo Fossili" Foundation (1997-1999). He was present at the Show entitled "Homage to Federico Garcìa Lorca" co-ordinated by Amore Canton and presented by Prof.Mario Morales in the "Piazzoni Palace" in Seravalle (TV). He took part in the show "The comets" promoted by the "Portaperta" Association in the "Ognissanti" church of Feltre (BL).
Augusto and Franco Murer, father and son, two artists jointed in a unique
art exhibition with the title "Forms and colours", opened
in the "Conference hall" of the "Union Lido" Holiday
Centre of Cavallino (Venice). So wrote Franca Visentin in the newspaper
"Autonomia Bellunese": "Augusto Murer was a master for
his son Franco. A familiarity of signs and colours, but not only: the
fascination of the powerful hands that dig the matter. An irrepressible
need to follow the same ways. Yet the results are different. Different
is Franco`s childhood and different is his way of referring to the world
and to the culture of his period. (Catalogue with Mario Stefani`s presentation)".
1999 In the newspaper "Il Gazettino" Dario Fontanive wrote: "A lot of people, particularly the Mayors of the "Valle del Biois" took part in the varnishing-day of the art exhibition "Time and Times" organized in the rooms of the elementary school of Canale d`Àgordo. A very important exhibition that presents together for the first time the two one-man shows of Giuliano De Rocco and Franco Murer, native painters of this valley". The show organized by the "Pro-Loco" and the Municipality of Canale d'Agordo (BL) was presented by the Prof. Paolo Tieto. He ordered some one-man shows in the Municipal Administrations of Trento: "Civic room" in Villazzano, "Civic room" in Povo, "Ex-town hall" in Mezzacorona and then in Teramo in the gallery of "Modern Art". The art gallery "Petrofil Arte" presented him at the "Beau Rivage" in Nice (France). He realized a mixed technique on cloth-paper cm.130x100 "The woman in our time represented by the Masters of contemporary painting". The artists` works of art of "The model for the Art" Festival were presented and exhibited in the Congress room of the hotel "La Conchiglia" and in the "Tourism Palace" of Riccione. He took part in the "Padua Art", "Genoa Art" - Italian Asta Lega against tumours. The art gallery Deni Art" of Rome presented him at the "Art-Fair" of Barcelona (Spain). It presented the works of art drawn from Federico Garcìa Lorca`s poem "Anxiety of statue".
2000 The art gallery "Pertrofil Arte" of Milan, exhibited in the seat in Tunisia Avenue the works of art collected in the catalogue "Figural Ghosts" (with texts by Mario Stefani and Franca Visentin) and organized for the Pontifical Sanctuary of Pompei an art exhibition that remembers the history of the Sanctuary on the 125th Anniversary of its foundation, inserted in the "Big Jubilee" of the year 2000. Franco Murer presented the work of art "St. Michael protector of the new Pompei". The art gallery "Titian" of Conegliano (TV) presented him at the "Expo Art" in Bari and in the "New Montalban Palace" seat and ordered the show "Poem in painting". [catalogue published by the art gallery "Titian" of Conegliano(TV) - Cortina d'Ampezzo (BL)]. The art gallery "Ghelfi" of Verona organized a one-man show at the Tettuccio thermal baths of Montecatini and the art gallery "The meeting of the Artists " of Trento organized in the rooms of the thermal baths of Rabbi (TN) the one-man show "Figural Ghosts". The 20. of August in Canale d'Agordo (BL) the monument as a memorial to the victims of the Nazi massacre in the "Valle del Biois" was unveiled at the presence of the Vice-Secretary Cesare De Piccoli. The work of art "The tree of memory" was realized in white cement, cm. 360x180.
2001-2002 The art gallery "The International Pertrofil Arte" of Milan, organized a series of art exhibitions in the Cote d'Azur (Nice)and the seats in Milan. He executed the twelve drawings of the Zodiac for the Peter Van Wood's horoscope for the monthly magazine of the Fenacom "50&PIU'". In the January number the writer Renato Minore wrote the critical preface of "In Murer`s signs the stars tell us". The "Giorgio Ghelfi Art editions" of Verona published a new Franco Murer`s catalogue, with the introduction written by Camilla Ferro and Silvino Gonzato, presenting the works of art exhibited in the seat of Montecatini Terme (PT). He took part in the "Expo Arte" in Bari, and together with the "Modern Art-Gallery" of Teramo, he took part in the show of Venetian artists "The horse in art", in the editions of the years 2001 and 2002 in Abano Terme (PD). In August The Municipal Administration of Arzachena organized the show "Eroticism and Myth" in the "Piazzetta Rosa" of Porto Cervo Marina (SS). In Autumn, in the seat "Cral Breda -Fincantieri" of Marghera (VE), he exhibited the cycle "My Landscape". In December new works were proposed in the seat of the Modern Art galley in Teramo, opening in this way the itinerant show "the refuge, the landscape and the deep solitude". The works of art were collected in a catalogue with a critical text written by Gianmario Sgattoni, and exhibited in Recanati (MC), in the art gallery "The Broom", in the Municipality of L' Aquila in the "Nobles' Palace" and in the art-centre "Lo Scanno"; in the Cultural Centre of Avellino he presented "The Landing" with a critical intervention by Maurizio Vitiello and Stefania Marotti, who underlined: "Murer`s pictures represent all his desire to penetrate into the deep solitude which accompany our age. His women are of a refined beauty such as the ancient Minerva or the Nike of Samotracia that the artist reinterprets suffering, almost anguished for the human destiny. Nature has bright and harmonious colours as the landscape of the Dolomites, which is the background of his house in Venetia. Murer painted also the dove, the horses almost to want to forget the conflicts that nowadays, in the 3rd Millennium, torment the world, in order to pursue a flight towards the Infinite, the Eternal, the Peace".
In Spring, the Municipality of Marcon, the culture Assessorship, supported
by the District of Venice, received in the new cultural centre "Fabrizio
De Andrè", "The two Murer, Augusto-The Form, Franco-The
Magic Flute". The art critic Paolo Rizzi described the two Murer,
father and son: "He, Augusto by now historical sculptor: the son
Franco stands by his side. At least until 1985, when the father died
at the age of sixty-tree years. From then Franco Murer takes his way,
gaining personality. Now in the new comfortable cultural centre "De
Andrè" of Marcon (VE) the two are together. We find a lot
of the beautiful well-known Augusto`s sculptures (in wood and bronze)
and on the walls the pictures of the cycle "The Magic Flute".
Inspired by Mozart, Murer junior (Falcade 1952) has more and more accentuated
his vein between the classic and the romantic, with a graphic and chromatic
delicacy of excellent level. In the catalogue, the Culture Councillor
Anna Maira Bellio defined precisely: "With this art exhibition
dedicated to the two Murer - the father Augusto, sculptor, the son Franco,
painter - ends with the journey of the opening of our new Cultural Centre
entitled to Fabrizio De Andrè. Taht's emotion again".
"La necessità del sogno" (The necessity of the
dream) (La leggerezza dell`anima - The lightness of the soul)
was the new pictorial exhibition that Murer brought to Milan to the
Gallery Libreria Rizzoli, it was supported by the district of Milan
and attended by Ursula Petrone. In the catalogue, Giorgio Falossi wrote:
"It`s the dream of the mind, that flows on the painting. In fact
Franco Murer seems to want to underline the importance of the thought
over the form, of the dream over the reality, of poetry over each kind
of constraint. These thoughts return with the painting. Dreams and poetry
take the form of the reality."...
2004 In February, Augusto and Franco Murer`s pictorial works and sculptures were exhibited at the Town Hall of Rovereto in the "Iris Baldessari" rooms. The exhibition was presented by the master Renzo Francescotti and attended by "The Artists` Meeting-place" of Rovereto. The catalogue was published by the Emma Association with a critical text written by the poet Mario Stefani. In March, the review "50 & Più" of the Fenacom Confcommercio published nine Franco Murer`s pictorial images in the dossier edited by Teresa Carruba and Giovanna dell` Ongaro. For the National Winter Students Sport Games, Franco Murer realized the bill, the cover of the pamphlet, the card and the postmark. For the Italian Cross Country celebrities` biennial meeting it was realized the folder that accompanies Franco Murer`s lithography with a presentation by the Olympic champion Franco Nones. In May, at the art gallery "Del Borgo" in Vignola (MO), Franco Murer`s exhibition "L` arte in dialogo con l`eternitá" (The dialog between art and eternity) was presented with a critical talk by the master Emilio Contini.
In June, the first Italian monument for the "Topolino-car" was unveiled in Caviola (an hamlet of Falcade) in order to celebrate the 10 years of the "Topolino-car Friends` meeting". The work "Topolino A" was shaped by Franco Murer in high-relief and then moulded in bronze. In June, The House of Culture "Carlo Levi" of Teramo organized, at the gallery of the "Corte Comunale" of Formia, the collective of the following artists: Franco Murer, Luciana Manelli and Michele Zappino. From 1. of July until 30. of September, the gallery Libreria Rizzoli of Milan presented, with the co-operation of the Petrofil Arte, the new Franco Murer`s works in the "Beer Room". For the city of Giulianova (FE), he realized the bronze memorial portraits of Vincenzo Bindi and Riccardo Cerulli, two famous men of the history and the culture of Giulianova. The sculptures and the paintings were exhibited in the rooms of the primary school. The exhibition was supported by the district of Teramo, the commune of Terranova and the House of Culture "Carlo Levi". Franco Murer took part in the collective "I monti e il cielo. Itinerario paesaggistico tra Civetta e Marmolada" (The mountains and the sky. Itinerary through the landscape between the Mount Civetta and the Mount Marmolada) in Caprile (BL) with the work "Il monte Civetta" (The Mount Civetta), oil on canvas cm. 100 x 190. He made one-man shows at the art gallery "La Ginestra" of Recanati and at the "Artists` Meeting-place" of Trento; he exhibited a series of black-and-white works.