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Genni Mucchi

Ever-political, a sculptress of protest, struggle… and hope. German born sculptor, Genni Mucchi (1895–1969), drew inspiration for much of her work from her experience of the political upheaval that affected Europe during the first half of the 1900s. She was forced to flee her home and birth place, Berlin, to escape anti-Semitic hate crimes, not returning until 1949. In 1933, she married her second husband, artist Gabriele Mucchi, who was a supporter of the Corrente Movement. The couple lived in Milan, where Genni found inspiration for her anti-fascist monuments. These sculptures bear the heavy influence of her role as a recognised freedom fighter in the Italian resistance during World War II. Genni was awarded a Gold Medal in the 1937 World Exhibition, Paris. In 1950, she became an exponent of the Realism movement. Several of Mucchi’s works were gifted to Florence Civic Museum collections in the 1960s. Her most famous works comprise Bologna’s Monument to Fallen Partisans, a shrine whose charnel house hosts the remains of concentration camp victims from Gusen, Austria. In addition to her wide-ranging partisan art, she often depicted the plight of the lower classes.