2. Bull (1996)

The bull is the heraldic emblem of Bulle. This sculpture by the artist from Ticino Nag Arnoldi was offered to the town in 1996 in memory of Pierre Glasson (1907-1991), a former member of the government of the canton of Fribourg.

The bull sculpture, a work by the sculptor and native of Ticino Nag Arnoldi, was given to the town by Renée Glasson-Koller, in memory of her husband Pierre Glasson. It is installed in the centre of the roundabout on the Avenue de la Gare.

Nag Arnoldi
Nag Arnoldi, sculptor, painter and teacher. Born in Locarno (Ticino) in 1928, he was a frequent visitor to the workshops of different painters and architects in Lugano during the years of his artistic training. He later went to Murano where he studied techniques of glassmaking. In the 1950s he obtained a diploma in theatrical costume and set design. Painting, book art, ceramics and glassmaking became the tools of intensive research, which in the 1970s found its fullest expression in sculpture. His work is inspired in particular by the world of the circus and myth, with recurring figures such as warriors, horses and bulls. His technical mastery allows him to experiment with contrasts, for example the softness of flat surfaces and the rawness of materials, the mixing of hard, straight lines with free-floating curves. He has produced numerous works, including fountains in Lugano and Paradiso, as well as some imposing sculptures in Lausanne, Bulle, Giubiasco, Vaduz and Locarno. N. Arnoldi taught from 1962 to 1993 in the decorative arts section of the Centro Scolastico Industrie Artistiche in Lugano. He is a world-renowned artist and his work, inspired by his many travels in Europe and Latin America, can be seen all over the world. Several exhibitions have been devoted to him in the United States: in New York, San Francisco, Santa Fe and San Diego. N. Arnoldi has also exhibited at the National Museum of Modern Art of Mexico and in St-Petersburg, as well as in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy.

© Musée gruérien

Pierre Glasson
Born 28.4.1907 in Bulle, died 4.5.1991 in Fribourg. Son of Edouard, a materials wholesaler, and of Marie Virginie Peyraud. Nephew of the photographer Simon Glasson and husband of Renée Koller. P. Glasson began his training in Bulle and Fribourg and later studied law in Fribourg, Berlin and Göttingen; he obtained his doctorate in 1937. Lawyer in Bulle (1938-1946). A deputy in Fribourg’s Grand Council (1941-1946), a communal councillor (executive) in Bulle (1942-1946), president of the Arts and Crafts Circle of Bulle and a member of La Gruyere’s radical party, P. Glasson cemented his popularity by successfully defending the protagonists of the Bulle riot in 1944. In 1946 he was elected to the Council of State, taking the seat from the conservative Joseph Piller, and until 1959 ran the Department of Justice, Communes and Parishes. Elected as a national councillor in 1946, he sat in parliament from 1951 to 1971 (due to an incompatibility of posts). He led the radical party at cantonal level (from 1946) and nationally (1964-1968). In 1959 he stepped down from government to focus on the private economy where he occupied a number of positions (tobacco and chocolate industries). A man of culture, P. Glasson was active in sponsorship and was president of the Landwehr Music Circle from 1963 to 1983. A Brigadier General, he commanded the Frontier 2 brigade.

© Dictionnaire historique de la Suisse

Also of interest
A bronze model of the bull at the Musée gruérien, in the section A Living Town of the permanent exhibition.

Find out more
Raoul Blanchard (et al.), Nag Arnoldi : château de Gruyères, exhibition catalogue, 2001
Dalmazio Ambrosioni, Nag Arnoldi 1980-2000: le esposizioni, le opere pubbliche, Ed. d'arte Ghelfi, Verona, 2001.
Nag Arnoldi : l'homme et le mythe, exhibition catalogue, Olympic Museum, Lausanne, 1999.
Giorgio Cortenova (et al.), Nag Arnoldi, Hoffmann, Frankfurt, 1992
Pierre Glasson (1907-1991), Bulle, 1994.
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