19 Oct 2019


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19October 2019


24May 2020

Museo Novecento


Sergio Risaliti

Artistic Director of Museo Novecento

Elisabetta Stumpo

MUS.E Association, historian and tour guide

Valentina Zucchi

Cultural Mediation Manager for MUS.E Association

From October to May a series of meetings at Museo Novecento

The museum hosts numerous italian masterpieces of the 20th-century, works able to tell the great stages of the art of 20th-century and to make the public understand the news and the developments that during the century have revolutionized the visual arts.

After the success of the previous series, Florentine Civic Museums and MUS.E Association offer for the year 2019-2020 a rich calendar of meetings dedicated to the protagonists of the museum in order to retrace their artistic history and offer a support to the understanding of their artwork.

To open the cicle, Saturday, October 19 the Director of Museo Novecento, Sergio Risaliti, who will introdue the figure of Lucio Fontana, undoubted titan in the artistic panorama of the last century; to follow a calendar of meetings from October 2019 to May 2020 held by Elisabetta Stumpo and Valentina Zucchi, each dedicated to a famous artist: between them Giorgio De Chirico, Filippo De Pisis, Giorgio Morandi.

Opening conference on Octber 19 at 5p.m: Lucio Fontana 

With his work Lucio Fontana underlines the importance of an arte capable to overcome the limits between painting and sculpture, venturing into a dimension opened to new spaces, those of art and world for example, to be communicated.

October 27 at 11a.m: Giorgio Morandi

Suspended between past and present, Giorgio morandi is completely modern artist in his artistic research that investigates the most common objects stripping them of their functions and celebrating them in volumes, compositions, chromie.

November 24 at 11a.m: Arturo Martini

Native of Treviso, Arturo Martini is one of the most influent figures in the italian sculpture of the 20th century. His artworks, build in shapes that are soft and compact at the same time, have an archaic taste keeping themselves remote, yet, from the magniloquent classicism recovered by the fascist regime. “For two years I have studied the Etruscan Sculpture, and for 5 more I have it back. I am the true etruscan…”.

January 26 at 11a.m: Giorgio De Chirico

Giorgio de Chirico is one of the italian artists of the 20th century that is more known and recognized in the world. He is the initiatior of the Metaphysics, which will influence the artists of Surrealism, from Max Ernst to Magritte to Dalì, and those of the New German Objectivity.

February 23 at 11a.m: Ottone Rosai 

Authentic Florentine Artist, Ottone Rosai approaches the art adhering to the futurist movement, although he soon abandoned the avant-garde to develop a very personal poetics that draws the most humble and suffering daily life of the hometown. The narrow streets and dark corners of the Oltrarno, animated by travellers, workers and grim charachters, the become the undisputed protagonists of his canvases.

March 29 at 11a.m: Fortunato Depero

Through the signatories of the Manifesto of the Futurist Reconstruction of the Universe, Fortunato Depero sets his artistic carreer, revolutionary as extended to the most varied fileds, on the redefinition of a new art for a new man.

April 26 at 11a.m: Mario Mafai and Antonietta Raphael

Husband and Wife, between the two World Wars Mafai and Raphael developed in their apartment in Cavour Street, in Rome, an intimate and tonal vision of the eternal city. From the views immersed in the light of sunset to the still lifes where every object tells about the life of the couple, the production of both intentionally stands at the anthipodes of the official art of the regime. “[…] by that time I was caught by the idea of the Everyman […] I was convinced that the nature of things was tarnisced and deformed by an excess of value that man attributed to himself in claiming to be able to remake the world”.

May 24 at 11a.m: Filippo De Pisis

Painter, poet, actor, critic, Filippo De Pisis, from Ferrara, is an eclectic figure in the italian artistic panorama of the first half of the 20th century. In Paris, where he will live for a good part of his existence, he has a way of knowing deeply the impressionist artworks, which will be decisive for the pictorial rendering of his works; still lifes, for example, real true “masterpieces of the surrealism”, as they will be defined by the writer Aldo Palazzeschi.

The meetings will last about an hour and will take place in the Cinema Room, on the first floor of Museo Novecento, Santa Maria Novella Square, 10. Free admission (access to the museum itinerary is not provided); reservation is required.

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