Artist

Ugo Giusti, architect

 Co-Worker

Galileo Chini, main decorator

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The Berzieri, erected in Salsomaggiore in 1913-1923, is one of the most representative buildings of Art Nouveau in Italy. Design due to architect Ugo Giusti and decorator Galileo Chini and was inspired by the geometric abstractions typical of the Viennese Secession.
The floral and curves ornaments, the general sense of lightweight beauty
and sinuous lines achieve an ideal accord with the ephemeral environment of the spa baths.
Galileo Chini, almost self-taught but with a large capacity, Florence, was born in 1873 in Firenze.
Educated as ceramist, he approached to the Liberty style and that of the Viennese Secession. 
His works were exhibited at international exhibitions in London (1898), Paris (1900), Turin (1902). In 1909 he prepared cartoons for the dome of the headquarters of the Venice Biennale.
In 1911 he moved to Persia, the Shah called for the decoration of the palace’s throne by architect Rigotti.
That same year he went to Bangkok to decorate the Palace of the King of Siam. Back in Italy teached at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence.
Some of his work can be found at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Rome, the Uffizi in Florence, the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Palazzo Pitti and the Museum of Ceramics in Faenza.

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Terme Berzieri, architect Ugo Giusti – façade

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Terme Berzieri, architect Ugo Giusti – façade details

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Galileo Chini – Ground Floor decorations

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Galileo Chini – First Floor decorations

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Terme Berzieri – Details

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One Response to “Terme Berzieri SPA in Salsomaggiore (PR), architect Ugo Giusti, decorations by Galileo Chini”

  • [...] At the turn of the Century, like in many other Italian cities, also in Parma began a full recovery of public housing and residential houses ,thus reflecting the changing conditions of economic and cultural-historical conditions, strictly related to the progressive destruction of the ancient mighty ramparts. By an architectural point of view, the re- was stilistically related to the introduction of lively and stimulating aesthetic ideas of the Art Nouveau. In the case of Parma the adoption of the new style was progressive and gradual:at the very beginning, decoration took the very part of the stylistic renovation while it was only in the second decade of the XX century that a more conscious adoption of the architectural topic of the modernist movement had a meaningful development in Emilia and in Parma ( see also the article on the Salsomaggiore Spa, http://www.szecesszio.com/2010/04/08/terme-berzieri-spa-in-salsomaggiore-pr-architect-ugo-giusti-dec… [...]

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