Exhibitions: The Centauricm

He grew up in the very heartland of Italian Renaissance sculpture, near the statue-bedecked city of Florence. He didn't throw rocks at Michelangelos or Donatellos, but for the young Italian sculptor Marino Marini, the past was a prison. "An artist who wants to be modern can't live in a museum city," he says. "With all this great authority around, it was difficult to be me."

In 1928 Marini fled to Paris, incubated his talents with the help of artists like Picasso and Julio González for one year, and then chose Milan as his...

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