12 Feb 2017

Great Italian artists of the twentieth century

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Museo Novecento

Free admission with reservations required

The Museo Novecento houses numerous Italian masterpieces of the twentieth century, works able to tell the great stages of twentieth century art and to make the public understand the innovations and developments that revolutionized the visual arts over the course of the century.

After the success of the first cycle, the Florentine Civic Museums and the MUS.E Association are also proposing for 2017 a calendar of meetings dedicated to the protagonists of the museum in order to retrace their artistic events and offer support for understanding their work. One meeting a month curated by the Mediation Department of Mus.e, each time a different artist. It starts on Sunday 12 February with an appointment dedicated to Felice Casorati, an intriguing figure of the early twentieth century, to continue with one appointment a month, each one dedicated to a famous artist: among these Filippo De Pisis, Carlo Carrà, Arturo Martini.

Sunday 12 February h3pm: Felice Casorati

Born in Novara and dabbling in painting as well as music from an early age, it was after graduating in law that Felice Casorati (1883-1963) decided to devote himself to art. His poetic world is nourished by classicism, perfect and silent, static and composed, clear and defined, as in the great masters of the Tuscan Renaissance. “It matters little how you love things, when you really love each other”. And I felt I really loved them: it was no longer necessary to betray this love… ”.

Sunday 12 March h3pm: Ketty La Rocca

Born in La Spezia but soon moved to Florence, Ketty La Rocca ranks among the artists of Visual Poetry with whom she shares, between the sixties and seventies, an interest in a critique of consumer society always on the edge of irony. His attention is placed in particular on the primitive and spontaneous gesture, considered the zero degree of communication, as a language to be rediscovered in the era of media bombardment.

Sunday 9 April h3pm: Arturo Martini

Originally from Treviso, Arturo Martini is one of the most influential figures of Italian sculpture of the twentieth century. His works, built in shapes that are both soft and compact, have an archaic flavor while remaining far from the recovered magniloquent classicism of the fascist regime. “For two years I studied Etruscan sculpture, and for five I gave it back. I am the true Etruscan… ”.

Sunday 14 May h3pm: Mario Mafai and Antonietta Raphael

Husband and wife, between the two wars Mafai and Raphael develop an intimate and tonal vision of the eternal city from their apartment in via Cavour in Rome. From views immersed in the sunset light to natures
death in which each object speaks of the couple’s life, the production of the two voluntarily stands at the antipodes of the official regime art. “[…] at that time I was taken by the idea of ​​any man […] I was convinced that the nature of things would be tarnished and deformed by an excess of value that man attributed to himself in claiming to be able to remake the world ”.

Sunday 17 September h3pm: Mirko Basaldella

Second child of a family of artists from Udine, Mirko Basaldella consecrates his life to an experimental and multi-material sculpture. Essential and primordial, his subjects (Totem, Idol) come from an ancestral past and yet are based on themes that are always current, common to all of humanity.

Sunday 15 October h3pm: Carlo Carrà

Among the first artists to join Futurism, the Alexandrian Carlo Carrà lived his youth between Italy and Paris, in close contact with the European avant-gardes. However, the terrible events of the First World War lead him back to a “return to order” that unites many artists of the period: Carrà rediscovers Giotto and Piero della Francesca and with them the Italian pictorial tradition of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

Sunday 12 November h3pm: Filippo De Pisis

Painter, poet, actor, critic, Filippo De Pisis from Ferrara is an eclectic figure in the Italian art scene of the first half of the twentieth century. In Paris, where he will live for a good part of his life, he has the opportunity to know deeply the impressionist works, which will be decisive for the pictorial rendering of his works; still lifes for example, real “surrealistic masterpieces”, as the writer Aldo Palazzeschi will define them.

Sunday 17 December h3pm: Ottone Rosai

A true Florentine artist, Ottone Rosai approaches art by joining the Futurist movement, although he soon abandons the avant-gardes to develop a highly personal poetics that draws on the more modest and painful daily life of his hometown. The narrow alleys and dark corners of the Oltrarno, animated by travelers, workers and retirees, then become the undisputed protagonists of his paintings.

The conferences are curated by Valentina Zucchi and Elisabetta Stumpo.

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