Kengiro Azuma – MU 141: “La Vita Infinita” – Cimitero Monumentale di Milano
MU-141 is a Sculpture donated by Kengiro Azuma and Fonderia Artistica Battaglia to the City of Milan. It was financed by the sale of 30 drop sculptures in bronze, MU-765, signed by the Artist, some of which are still available to be seen in Battaglia, Via Stilicone 10.
MU 141: LA VITA INFINITA Kengiro Azuma, Associazione Amici del Monumentale and Battaglia Artistic Foundy present “MU-141, the Infinite Life”. MU-141 is a Sculpture donated by Kengiro Azuma and the Battaglia Fine Art Foundry to the City of Milan. It was financed by the sale of 30 drop sculptures in bronze, MU-765, signed by the Artist, some of which are still available to be seen in Battaglia, Via Stilicone 10.
Kengiro Azuma (born in Japan, 1926), moved to Milan in 1956 to study at the Academy of Brera, where he then became the assistant of Marino Marini. The Artist still lives and works in Milan. he sculpture MU 141: "The Infinite Life" of 2014 (bronze, 4000 mm x 1700 mm x 1400 mm, weight 900 kg approx) represents the cycle of life but invisible made visible thanks to the material: the bronze. The artistic research for Kengiro Azuma has always had MU and YU as pedestals of his philosophy, which, in the Zen philosophy, incorporating vacuum and full, the infinite and the finite, the positive and the negative. Represent the necessary voltage between opposites, like life and death, the hot and the cold, the man and the woman. Life - hard, sacrifice, patience, struggle, coexistence, confrontation, material. Death - sweet, silence, peace, tranquility, freedom, soul, spirit, immaterial. Towards the open circle, which is the absolute we will come to a symbol of perfection and solar heat, which embodies the desire to get as close as possible to perfection and the mystery of life. The empty circle: you empty the circle of material things, it remains alone the value of intangible things. The material disappears, ends, but continues with the spirit: the invisible and infinite soul. So we return to the earth and starts again the cycle of life, endlessly and without beginning or end. The shape of the sculpture is, on the front side, the rigidity and geometric linear harshness of life, while at the back the round shape on the back symbolizes the softness and naturalness toward harmony, silence, death. The smooth and shiny surfaces want to be the light, the joy of life. The opaque moves, rough convey the difficulties of life, the dark parts. The holes are invisible contingencies of our life: in each vertical hole is one of our ancestors, that we may have never known but who left us a legacy inside invisible.
The Association Amici del Monumentale was born on the 27th March 2013 to promote the cultural environment of one of the biggest open-air Museums of the world, and to connect citizens and institutions in a fabric of conservation and restoration of the hundreds artworks contained in the Cemetery.
The Battaglia Fine Art Foundry casts sculptures in Bronze since 1913 and still today works with contemporary artists from all over the world. In the Monumentale Cemetery there are 124 sculptures in bronze casted in Battaglia throughout the years.