Eccentric, Apocalyptic, Pop Hell and Pleasure in Contemporary Art
The Galleria Civica's exploration of contemporary painting continues. After "What I see", the exhibition on figurative painting, it is the turn of Pop Surrealism: an artistic movement born in the United States in the 1970s that mixes the imagery of Pop, mass culture, with the fantastic references of Surrealism.
Ranging from painting to sculpture, graphics to illustration, to Street Art and digital art, Pop Surrealism is considered a bottom-up phenomenon (born and emerging from the ground up), as opposed to more mainstream contemporary art, and is today highly appreciated by the market and by collectors.
Post-modern, ironic and desecrating, Pop Surrealism draws on the conventions of art history and the visual imagery of an increasingly globalised and interconnected world.
The exhibition presents the works of some fifteen Italian artists, starting with Nicola Verlato, who first became interested in and was influenced by foreign artists during his stays in the US in the 1990s. This is followed by the works of other artists who represent a cross-section of the results of this influence in our country: from the paintings of Di Piazza and Mazzoni, to the ceramics of Giacon, the multidisciplinary works of Laurina Paperina, and the scathing irony of Veneziano. The exhibition is rounded off by some site-specific interventions by El Gato Chimney, Giacon, Ozmo and Pao directly on the walls of the Gallery.
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