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The rediscovery of America. Italian Art from Futurism to Pop Art
The works of Italian artists who were directly involved with the American art world from the 1930s onwards will be on display at two major museums in Milan, Museo del Novecento and Gallerie d'Italia (with the collaboration of Electa).
The exhibition aims to draw attention to Italian artists’ contribution to the phenomenon of the gradual internationalization of the world and of the art market through their participation in major events in the United States.
The Museo del Novecento commences its itinerary with works by Fortunato Depero and Giorgio De Chirico, who lived in New York in the Thirties, and with the inception created by the inauguration of the New York branch of Anthony Pecci Blunt and Libero De Libero’s Galleria della Cometa.
It continues with works from the ‘50s and ‘60s by Italian artists (Fontana, Nivola, Tancredi, Afro,Turcato, Festa, Novelli, Consagra and Scialoja) in which the representation of New York seems transfigured by personal impressions, by nostalgia and by the resulting forms of experimentation.
It concludes with a series of oeuvres by Mimmo Rotella, Sergio Lombardo, Emilio Isgrò and Arnaldo Pomodoro, inspired by John F. Kennedy’s charismatic presence and tragic destiny, a reflection of a way of confronting a new image of America. The observations carried out by the photographer Ugo Mulas - through the meetings with the protagonists of American art from the 1960s in their studios - witnessed a vibrant art scene that has now become renown, following the worldwide success of American art.
The Gallerie d’Italia will present a complementary itinerary to the section of the exhibition hosted by the Museo del 900. Here, the centre of attention is the interest for Italian art shown by the museum institutions, some of the major galleries and collectors increasingly open to innovations in world art.
Curated by Francesco Tedeschi