14 Feb 2023

Alberto Magnelli – Aldo Palazzeschi. Carteggio [1914-1971]

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14February 2023



Museo Novecento

Free admission subject to availability


Ilaria Macera

Curator of the volume

Elisabetta Berti


Eva Francioli

Curator of Museo Novecento

The event has been postponed to Tuesday, February 14, 2023.

On the occasion of the exhibition Alberto Magnelli. Armocromie, the monograph dedicated to the famous master of abstract art (ongoing until 15 February 2023 at the Museo Novecento), a special meeting will be held on Tuesday 14 February at 6:00 pm starting with the publication Alberto Magnelli – Aldo Palazzeschi. Correspondence [1914-1971], edited by Ilaria Macera.

During the event, Elisabetta Berti, journalist; Eva Francioli, curator of the Museo Novecento; Ilaria Macera, editor of the volume.

The volume traces the relationship between Alberto Magnelli and Aldo Palazzeschi through the intense exchange of letters between the two authors throughout their long lives. About 88 letters dated between 1914 and 1971, kept by Palazzeschi and mostly written by Magnelli, allow us to reconstruct the memory of the relationship between the two authors, among the most famous protagonists of the twentieth century.
Both Florentines, Palazzeschi and Magnelli have known each other since childhood. In 1914 they went together to Paris, where they had the opportunity to participate in the golden age of a “noble understanding” between French and Italian artists who crowded the cafés of Montparnasse in those days.
After returning to Florence, the letters retrace the events of the two, through the vicissitudes of their different careers and different biographies – Magnelli has been in Paris since 1931, Palazzeschi is divided between Florence, Venice and Rome – painting in the background the cultural and intellectual world that surrounds them. Despite the distance, the relationship is also kept alive thanks to some collaborations, as in the case of the Scherzi di Gioventù (1956), which contains a portrait of the poet painted by Magnelli in 1928, or the publication in the «Immagini e testi» series of the M ‘arte Editions of a collection of poems by Palazzeschi illustrated by two linocuts by the painter, under a single title, The Walk (1971).

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She trained at the University of Florence. In 2016 she won the research grant of the “Aldo Palazzeschi” study center with a project intended to investigate the relationship between Palazzeschi and the artists Alberto Magnelli and Mino Maccari. In 2020 he obtained his PhD in Italian studies with a thesis on the relationship between Niccolò Tommaseo and the Florentine publishers, under the supervision of prof. Simone Magherini. Since January 2021 she has been at the Université de Friborg (CH), where she collaborates on the Ugo Foscolo, Epistolario 1825-1827 project under the direction of prof. Paolo Borsa.

In the cover: Fotografia di un uomo che osserva il ritratto fatto da Alberto Magnelli a Aldo Palazzeschi. Sul retro della fotografia è scritto: «Il ritratto di / Aldo Palazzeschi / fu fatto da me / a Firenze nel / 1928 / Magnelli» (Fondo Palazzeschi).

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