Magic Realism

Enchantment in Italian Painting in the 1920s and 1930s

After “Umberto Boccioni” and “An Eternal Beauty”, the season of great exhibitions dedicated to early twentieth century Italian art continues at Mart, Rovereto.
Constituting the first stage of the exhibition, that in 2018 will be at the Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki and at the Folkwang Museum, Essen, Mart's great winter season exhibition will review the features of Magic Realism in Italy through a selection of painterly works of art from important public and private collections. Coined by critic Franz Roh in a famous essay dedicated to contemporary art (1925), the definition Magic Realism describes an international artistic season that reached its heights of creativity and originality between the twenties and thirties of the last century. This in a period that followed on from that of the historic avante-gardes, featuring a return to the pictorial and sculptural tradition. The objective representation emphasised by the term "realism" is accompanied, in this expression, by an adjective that evokes the suspended and surreal atmospheres that are a strong feature of the movement. Reality is in fact the point of departure for a transfiguration that goes by way of the imagination and marvellous wonderment, implemented by a group of artists featuring Cagnaccio di San Pietro, Antonio Donghi, Felice Casorati, Ubaldo Oppi, Achille Funi and Carlo Levi. Alongside the better-known painters, the exhibition also comprises artists active locally on the Venetian, Trieste, Turin and Roman art scene, confirming the transversality of subjects and styles that combined in Italian painting in those decades. The layout of the exhibition, that examines the complexity of the sources of inspiration and its different declinations on the Italian scene, throws light on the interpretative new features that Magic Realism fields in regard to given genres from the pictorial tradition. The exhibition by Gabriella Belli and Valerio Terraroli has been organized in cooperation with 24ORE Cultura.


You may also like ...

5 results

RespirArt Day

25/07/2020 Pampeago-Predazzo-Obereggen

Scrittura Festival sulle Dolomiti

29/07/2020 - 02/08/2020 Campitello di Fassa

Fake!

12/07/2020 - 20/08/2020 Vigo di Fassa

Guided visit of the old mill

01/07/2020 - 02/09/2020 Vigo di Fassa

Pinacoteca: Testimonianze figurative

01/06/2020 - 08/11/2020 Riva del Garda

RespirArt Day

Artistic meeting at 2200 meters

Read more ...

Scrittura Festival sulle Dolomiti

Four days dedicated to literature, with the biggest Italian authors telling about their life and carrier

Read more ...

Fake!

Exhibition: failures and betrayals of the human perspective

Read more ...

Guided visit of the old mill

Guided visit of the "L Molin de Pèzol", separate section of the Fassa Ladin Museum

Read more ...

Pinacoteca: Testimonianze figurative

Permanent exhibition: where art, culture and landscape come together

Read more ...

Events