Presentation of the book by Teresa Spignoli, Marco Corsi, Federico Fastelli and Maria Carla Papini, published by Campanotto Editore (2014).
A conversation involving Niva Lorenzini (University of Bologna), Francesco Tedeschi (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore) and Maria Letizia Sebastiani (National Central Library of Florence), with an introduction by Valentina Gensini .
Published on the Gruppo 70’s 50th anniversary, the book gathers the proceedings of the Study Conference organized in June 2013 at the National Central Library of Florence. Critical essays, artworks and original documents are at the basis of the new research about the interdisciplinary and interactive aspect of one of the most complex and fascinating movements of the second half of the 20th century. Born in 1963 during the Art and Communication conference organized in Florence at Forte del Belvedere, Gruppo 70 was founded by artists from different backgrounds such as musicians, poets, painters and sculptors (Giuseppe Chiari, Lamberto Pignotti, Eugenio Miccini, Lucia Marcucci e Luciano Ori. Others artists joined the group later such as Ketty La Rocca, Emilio Isgrò, Roberto Malquori e Michele Perfetti). Gruppo 70 is considered as one of the most active Italian Neo-avantgarde spanning the visual arts. In response to the development of technology and mass communication media, representative artists of the Visual Poetry decided to react against the abusive use of words “used by mass communication media in our societies in order to alienate people”. They often expressed themselves with irony creating a new critical and political form of communication. The Visual Poetry movement takes its roots on verbal-visual productions such as mixed-media operations using typographical text, images but also sounds and performance arts.
Niva Lorenzini is tenured professor of Italian Modern and Contemporary Literature at the Department of Italian Studies of Bologna University and is one of the major figures in literary criticism on the second half of the 20th century.
Francesco Tedeschi is part-time lecturer teaching Contemporary Art History at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and specialized in Italian sculpture of the second half of the 20th century.