The Thirties – The Arts in Italy Beyond Fascism

“Anni ’30 Arti in Italia Oltre il Fascismo” (The Thirties – The Arts in Italy Beyond Fascism) opened last week at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. The exhibition features 96 paintings, 20 sculptures and 20 art objects and explores the period of vibrant change in Italy – beyond the tumult caused by fascism – through contemporary eyes.  The Palazzo Strozzi website explains:

Italy in the 1930s, when Fascism held sway, was the scene of an extremely vigorous artistic battle in which every style from classicism to Futurism, from expressionism to abstract art, and from monumental art to decorative painting for the bourgeois home was involved. The situation was further complicated by the arrival on the scene of design and mass communication—posters, radio, the cinema and the first illustrated magazine—which stole numerous ideas from the “fine” arts and transmitted them to a broader audience. It was this complex and lively workshop, open to the international scene that introduced the concept of modernity to Italy.

The exhibition explores the 1930s through the masterpieces of over forty leading artists of the period, including Mario Sironi, Giorgio de Chirico, Alberto Savinio, Achille Funi, Carlo Carrà, Corrado Cagli, Arturo Nathan, Achille Lega, Ottone Rosai, Ardengo Soffici, Giorgio Morandi, Ram, Thayaht, Antonio Donghi, Marino Marini, Renato Guttuso,Ivanhoe Gambini, Carlo Levi, Filippo de Pisis, Scipione, Antonio Maraini and Lucio Fontana…”

…as well as design and the applied arts, are featured in the show in three pavillions at the Palazzo Strozzi, which is curated by Antonello Negri & Silvia Bignami, Paolo Rusconi, Giorgio Zanchetti and Susanna Ragionieri.

Well, ok, this last one doesn’t look like it made it too far “Beyond Fascism…”

The Thirties – The Arts in Italy Beyond Fascism
Anni ’30 Arti in Italia Oltre il Fascismo
Until the 27th of January, 2012
Palazzo Strozzi,
Hours: from 9am to 8pm, Thursday from 9am to 11pm.
Cost: 10 euros

The exhibition is produced by the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali and the Soprintendenza PSAE and by the Polo Museale della città di Firenze, together with the Comune di Firenze, the Provincia di Firenze, the Camera di Commercio di Firenze, the Associazione Partners Palazzo Strozzi and the Regione Toscana. The event is sponsored by the Banca CR Firenze.

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