28 Jun 2021

AVANTI POPOLO! VINICIO BERTI. Tribute to 100 years from his birth

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28June 2021


10:30 – 19:00


Sergio Risaliti

Luca Nannipieri

Art Critic

Carlo Frittelli


Silvia Fiaschi

Art Restorer

Claudio Crescentini

Art historian, Capitoline Superintendence of Cultural Heritage

Giovanna Lambroni

National Central Library of Florence

Roberto Visconti

Tommaso Sacchi

Councilor for Culture of the Municipality of Florence

Emiliana Biondi

Archive of Metaphysical Art

Riccardo Guarneri


Marco Casamonti

Architect Studio Archea

Eva Francioli

Museo Novecento – Mus.e

Giovanna Uzzani

Art Historian

On the occasion of the centenary of the birth and thirty years after the death of Vinicio Berti (Florence 1921 – 1991), the Museo Novecento offers
a day dedicated to the great Florentine master, whose work is deeply linked to the city in which he worked all his life. AVANTI POPOLO! VINICIO BERTI. Tribute to 100 years from his birth, by the Artistic Director of the Museo Novecento Sergio Risaliti
and the art critic Luca Nannipieri, undertakes to deepen his knowledge of the artist’s work and to shed new light on his long and complex research.

Starting from unpublished and updated readings, the conference examines the creative parable of Vinicio Berti, marked by the dazzling season of Classical Abstractionism, and intends to combine a broader reflection on the profound political implications of his work.
The recovery of anecdotes and salient facts that have characterized the artist’s path is accompanied by a more careful study of the themes and
of the ways of his pictorial style, in constant dialogue with research in the field of graphics.

The involvement of scholars and experts from different disciplines offers the opportunity for a critical confrontation and an intense and articulated debate, also making it possible to expand the reconstruction starting from an analysis of the deep relationship with architecture and print media.


Starting from 10.30 am

Sergio Risaliti, Artistic Director Museo Novecento

Luca Nannipieri, Art critic

Carlo Frittelli, gallerist. The relationship with Vinicio Berti

Silvia Fiaschi, restorer. The restoration of the works of the Pini-Berti legacy

Claudio Crescentini, Art historian, Capitoline Superintendence of Cultural Heritage. The Vinicio Berti archive in Florence. A history in progress since 1993, between enhancement actions and critical revision perspectives

Giovanna Lambroni, National Central Library of Florence, Vinicio Berti’s legacy to the Marucelliana Library and early graphics

Roberto Visconti reads Vinicio Berti


Starting from 3.30 pm

Tommaso Sacchi, Councilor for Culture of the Municipality of Florence

Sergio Risaliti, Artistic Director Museo Novecento

Emiliana Biondi, Archive of Metaphysical Art, Documented history of some exhibitions of the Arte d’Oggi Group

Riccardo Guarneri, artist. The relationship with Vinicio Berti

Marco Casamonti, architect Studio Archea, Relationship between visual art and architecture

Eva Francioli, Association Mus.e – Museo Novecento, Vinicio Berti. “Looking over”

Giovanna Uzzani, art historian, Vinicio Berti and the Adventures of Pinocchio, a revolutionary puppet

Roberto Visconti reads Vinicio Berti


Born in Florence in 1921 from a family of humble origins, Vinicio Berti followed studies of
technical-industrial and artistic type, making his debut in 1942 with works of a realist-expressionist nature in which he developed the stylistic motifs initially adopted in graphics and
in the typography. Thus began his participation in the renewal movement
of Italian contemporary art. In 1945 he founded, together with Bruno Brunetti, Fernando Farulli, Gualtiero Nativi and the poet Alberto Caverni, the newspaper “Torrente”.
Among the protagonists of the Arte d’Oggi movement, he approached painting in the early 1940s, with works with a late-expressionist and post-futurist flavor, arriving in 1947 in an abstract-geometric type of painting, after a personal phase rereading
of Cubism and Futurism (1945-1947). Close to Giovanni Michelucci and the critics Ermanno Migliorini and Giusta Nicco Fasola, he was one of the founders of Classical Abstractionism, of which he signed the Manifesto in 1950 together with Bruno Brunetti, Alvaro Monnini, Gualtiero Nativi and Mario Nuti. After a short phase characterized by intense collective work, he devoted himself to individual research.
Paintings often centered on the theme of the city and on the conflictual relationship established with it by the artist, such as the works of the series Expansion of Classical Abstraction (1951-1955), Cittadelle hostili (1955-1956), Cittadelle of resistance (1966-1967). More graphic works and closer to the informal belong to the sixties. In 1963 he received the Il Fiorino award in Florence.
His research, characterized by constant political commitment and special attention to the problems of contemporary science and society, continued with equal intensity in the seventies and eighties, resulting in an intense work on the series, evident above all in the cycles Reality antagonist ( 1970-1980) and Looking Up (1981-1991). Parallel to his activity as a painter he developed that of illustrator and cartoonist, focusing above all on publications for children.
Among the most famous characters are Atomino and his Pinocchio.