curated by Fabio Benzi
22 febbraio-15 marzo 2018

An exhibition that pays homage to the greatest exponents of the Italian 20th century in a journey that spans over forty years of painting in Italy.

The exhibition, curated by Fabio Benzi and previewed at ArteFiera Bologna from 2 to 4 February 2018, retraces the rich Italian artistic path that moves from the suggestions of a twilight atmosphere through the avant-garde to explode into Futurism and its more mature derivations. Starting from four masterpieces which, still created on the wave of crepuscular suggestions, prelude to Futurism – the portrait of Duilio Cambellotti executed by Giacomo Balla and entitled Il chesellatore (1905), the Self-portrait with hat executed in 1904 by Gino Severini, La falsa civilization by Duilio Cambellotti (1905-1907) and Controluce by Umberto Boccioni, executed in 1910, coming from the Guggenheim Collection in Venice and formerly in the collection of Margherita Sarfatti – the exhibition itinerary, divided into decades, continues with the testimony of the greatest exponents of the Italian twentieth century.

In addition to Balla, Boccioni and Severini, works by Gerardo Dottori, Carlo Erba, Enrico Prampolini, Carlo Carrà, Antonio Marasco, Arnaldo Ginna, Thayaht, Virgilio Marchi, but also – confirming the success of the avant-gardes in the following decades – are also on display. Mino delle Site, Tato, Renato Di Bosso, Domenico Belli, Alfredo Ambrosi, Alessandro Bruschetti, Osvaldo Peruzzi and Vladimiro Tulli.

The exhibition is accompanied by the color catalog published by Manfredi Edizioni with critical texts by Fabio Benzi and Massimo Duranti.