This tribute commemorates the centenary of the death of Trentino artist Umberto Moggioli, who found his true source of inspiration in Venice and the lagoon. Mountain-born, Moggioli was by 1907 already presenting his paintings at the Venice Biennale: gardens filled with Impressionist light testified to the richness of international culture that was filtering through the lagoon city and its islands, in particular Burano, where the Moggioli family had settled.
Moggioli developed his landscape painting alongside Gino Rossi, Pio Semeghini and Tullio Garbari, rediscovering on the one hand the atmospheres of Divisionism, and on the other, exploring many stylistic elements from the masters of Pont-Aven, with Gino Rossi the major exponent.
The exhibition aims to rediscover Moggioli and the quality of his art by focusing above all on his plein air portraits: a completely fresh approach that offers a contemporary reinterpretation of his work 100 years from the 1919 exhibition held at Ca’ Pesaro a few months after his untimely death. It is also an opportunity to relive the atmosphere of that notable year, which saw the post-war reopening of the museum and heralded a new artistic season for the circle of artists established around Nino Barbantini.
From Arturo Martini to Felice Casorati, this tribute to Umberto Moggioli will revisit an important moment in the annals of Ca’Pesaro and reconstruct a significant segment of the last century’s art history.