A collection of italian modern art
Thirty-two artworks by some of Italy’s greatest twentieth-century artists will be held long-term at the Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna. The works are celebrated masterpieces created between the 1920s and 1950s by Massimo Campigli, Carlo Carrà, Giacomo Manzù, Ottone Rosai, Scipione and Mario Sironi, and were already partially presented in 1953 at the exhibition curated by Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, and later at the inauguration of Turin’s Galleria d’Arte Moderna in 1959. Five works by Massimo Campigli depict female figures, from Le Amazzoni (1928) to Donna ingioiellata (1942), all painted in Venice, where Campigli settled at the outbreak of the Second World War. Five others by Carlo Carrà, among them Mattino sul mare (1928), mark the return to
a classical compositional form after working in Futurist and Metaphysical styles, and five more by Ottone Rosai demonstrate his compositional essentiality, reminiscent of the aesthetics of the Italian “return to order”. Eight works are by Mario Sironi, among them Il bevitore (1923-24) and Pandora (Il mito di Pandora) (1924). Also on show are four paintings by Scipione and an important selection of sculptures and drawings by Giacomo Manzù. In the gallery rooms, the bright colours and daring perspectives of Rome’s Expressionist painting
confront and communicate with examples of solid,sombre “Novecento italiano” realism in a chorus of alternating, complementary voices that find their true place among Ca’ Pesaro’s historic collections.