Italians in Paris in 1914. The germs of the “Return to order”

16 dicembre 2015

Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 5:30 p.m.

Andrea Pellegrini’s lecture

Five Italian Futurists spent the month of March, 1914, in Paris: Ardengo Soffici, Giovanni Papini, Carlo Carrà, Aldo Palazzeschi and Umberto Boccioni. The “memorable expedition” would offer the chance for surprising encounters, in particular those with Pablo Picasso and Guillame Apollinaire, that were to deeply change the attitude of those travelers towards themselves and art: a plural and versatile story showing experiences blending painting and literature, books, novels and exhibits’ catalogues, letters and autobiographies. This Parisian stay, at the threshold of war and of the end of an era, was the background for the end of the Futurist experience and the beginning of modern classicism. Usually identified by the most traditionalist critics only in the period between the wars, the seeds for the phenomenon called “Return to order” were planted during this sojourn, in its most obscure developments and, starting from this forgotten adventure, can be anticipated to an earlier period, seeing it as the surprising culmination of the avant-garde movements themselves.

Andrea Pellegrini is the author of the novels titled Lettera dalla Norvegia (Fara, 2006), and Come una madre (Joker, 2008), he won the 32° Premio Firenze 2014 – Fiorino d’Argento for essay writing with the volume La seduzione del classico negli anni del moderno. Cultura e arte italiana dal 1914 al 1920 (Helicon, 2014). He teaches literature at the Istituto Alberghiero “F. Martini” of Montecatini Terme, he is Doctor of Research in Italian Literature and for years he has been focusing his interest on authors and themes of the Italian culture of the early twentieth century.

Free entrance while seats last. It does not include the access to the museum