FROM CASORATI TO SIRONI TO NEW FUTURISTS

TURIN-MILAN 1920-1930
PAINTING BETWEEN CLASSIC AND AVANT-GARDE

October 11, 2023 – February 11, 2024

Curated by Nicoletta Colombo and Giuliana Godio

 

In the field of art, the 1920s were one of the most surprising decades of the 20th century, in Italy and throughout Europe.

Reflecting the overall mood of the Return to Order that characterized national and international trends of that decade, this exhibit is a progressive observatory onto two artistic realities, represented by Turin and Milan. In painting, although these realities were marked by differences and similarities, they were both of fundamental importance in the history of Italian art of the past century.

On the threshold of the 1920s, Turin, which had long been influenced by the perduring success of the 19th-century masters, experienced a phase of strong innovation with the arrival of Felice Casorati, an artist from the cosmopolitan and groundbreaking cultural milieu of Ca’ Pesaro in Venice. Starting in 1920, the artist began to interpret classical influences in a modern key, reconstructing the forms found in Renaissance masterpieces and the modernity of Cézanne.

Milan, the avant-garde metropolis of the 1910s, created Futurism. During the following decade, it was the original home of the first, small nucleus of the artistic “Novecento” that, starting in 1925, broadened into the vaster Novecento Italiano, inaugurating poetics based on the concepts of synthesis, style, and modern Classicism, in the sense of recovering the classical values of the Mediterranean tradition and reformulating them according to contemporary tenets.

The exhibition is divided into four sections:

FELICE CASORATI | CASORATI’S CIRCLE AND THE SIX FROM TURIN | 

THE NEW FUTURISTS IN TURIN AND MILAN | THE “NOVECENTO” IN MILAN

FELICE CASORATI, Portrait ofRenato Gualino (1923-1924)
Istituto Matteucci, Viareggio