curated by Fabio Benzi 10 - 31 ottobre 2020

“Margherita Grassini Sarfatti was a woman of extraordinary strenght sophisticated culture and authentic intelligence”: with her determined and cosmopolitan culture as an ante litteram feminist, Margherita Sarfatti from the exhibition subverted the role of “gender” with calm determination, becoming a contemporary character and progressive. The exhibition Margherita Sarfatti and art in Italy between the two wars by Fabio Benzi raises the curtain on the private collection of one of the most influential personalities of twentieth century culture: Sarfatti’s artistic tastes have often preferred “modern” artists and fashionable, even if discussed and, in parallel to her critical activity, Sarfatti has seen the formation of her own collection through a nucleus of works by Mario Sironi, Adolfo Wildt, Medardo Rosso, Umberto Boccioni and Gaetano Previati, but also by previous artists , in particular the Milanese scapigliati and of one of the greatest Italian artists of the century, Giorgio de Chirico, whose unpublished portrait of 1927 dedicated “to the very kind Mrs. Margherita Sarfatti” is exhibited.

On display more than fifty works by contemporary artists close to Margherita Sarfatti, including Mario Sironi, Umberto Boccioni, Filippo De Pisis, Corrado Cagli, André Derain, Alberto Salietti, Fausto Pirandello, Achille Funi, Pasquarosa (the only female artist of the exhibition).