The NEW YORK NEW YORK. Arte Italiana: la riscoperta dell’America exhibition at the Museo del Novecento and the Gallerie d’Italia in the Piazza della Scala in Milan is open to the public until 17th September 2017. The exhibition, curated by Francesco Tedeschi with Francesca Pola and Federica Boragina is divided between the two museums and more than 150 works are on display.
The exhibition tells the stories of Italian artists who travelled, stayed, worked and held exhibitions in the United States – particularly in New York – and who were united by the quest for a freer spirit and different models compared to those of the old Europe. The American dream is thus represented in the exhibition through the works of Afro, Paolo Baratella, Corrado Cagli, Pietro Consagra, Giorgio De Chirico, Fortunato Depero, Tano Festa, Lucio Fontana, Emilio Isgrò, Sergio Lombardo, Titina Maselli, Costantino Nivola, Gastone Novelli , Vinicio Paladini, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Mimmo Rotella, Alberto Savinio, Toti Scialoja, Tancredi and Giulio Turcato, all artists who developed very close relationships with the New World but who were also able to maintain a stylistic consistency that was created and developed in Italy.
Starting with the XX Century Italian Art exhibition held in 1949 at the New York Museum of Modern Art, the exhibition at the Gallerie d’Italia features a number of masterpieces by Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, Carlo Carrà, Giorgio Morandi, Massimo Campigli, Marino Marini, Virgilio Guidi, Renato Guttuso, Fausto Pirandello, Armando Pizzinato and Alberto Viani, moving on with works by artists from the Fifties and Sixties including Carla Accardi, Afro, Gianfranco Baruchello, Enrico Baj, Alberto Burri, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Alik Cavaliere, Ettore Colla, Pietro Consagra, Piero Dorazio, Domenico Gnoli, Lucio Fontana, Pino Pascali, Achille Perilli, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Mimmo Rotella, Giuseppe Santomaso, Mario Schifano, Francesco Somaini, Toti Scialoja and Emilio Vedova.
The 1949 MoMA exhibition was a fundamental moment for the acceptance and reception of contemporary Italian art in an international context. In order to highlight the dialogue with overseas artists, it is also possible to admire a number of masterpieces by some of the top exponents of American art such as Alexander Calder, Willem De Kooning, Arshile Gorky, Franz Kline, Conrad Marca Relli and Cy Twombly. For more information go to the Gallerie d’Italia site.