Lucca, through February 14, 2016
Curated by Stefano Cecchetto and Maurizio Vanni
At the beginning of 1928 some Italian artists involved in the movement called Ritorno all’ordine (Return to order) met in Paris and would be identified as Les Italiens de Paris. These painters were ready to re-write contemporary art history from a new and unusual point of view, each one linked in a very personal way to a never forgotten past. With a contemporary approach, these artists intended to re-propose the elements of the Renaissance which would re-launch Italian art in the French capital.
Giorgio de Chirico, Alberto Savinio, Massimo Campigli, Filippo De Pisis, René Paresce, Gino Severini and Mario Tozzi met in Paris as a revolutionary group of artists that many critics considered to be part of an artistic movement similar in importance to Futurism and Surrealism. In the 1920s, artists considered the French capital a destination of pilgrimage, as well as a place for discussions and clashes of creativity within a political context.
From 1928 to 1933 Les Italiens de Paris, followed a sort of unwritten contract, a fellowship, that with a common goal, but without binding anyone’s freedom of expression, tried to reaffirm the importance of Italian visual art, of the here and now. The group also tried to cling to unique values of the past that could not be erased by the ambitions or by the perspective revolutions of the historic Avant-garde movements.
The seven Italian artists – who were actually never shown all together in the various exhibitions of the Group, but more often exhibited with other artists – were very different in ideas, artistic styles and aesthetic results. However, this wasn’t crucial because, in different aspects, a sense of egocentric patriotism prevailed, but this would not be seen anymore in Italian art. The group had a double concentration – one of the De Chirico brothers, with tendencies toward the Surrealist spirit (although they expressed real love-hate against Breton’s group) – and the other of Tozzi, Campigli and Paresce, which remained closer to Magic Realism and to the Novecento of Margherita Sarfatti.
The exhibition ends with a tribute to Giorgio de Chirico, made in 1968 by Ezio Gribaudo, artist and personal friend of the Master of Metaphysics.
Tickets: 9€ , reduced: 7€
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