From Liberty to Italian Design (1900-1940)
Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Via Nazionale 194
from 16 October 2015 to 17 January 2016
After the stay in Paris (at the Musée d'Orsay), this exhibition is coming to the Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome) to review Italian art in the early twentieth century. At that time, the decorative arts were already considered the heirs of an important artisan and artistic tradition, and they became the interpreters of the desire of progress in a nation that had just been unified. Cabinet makers, ceramics artists and master glassmakers often worked with the most prominent artists of the time, and the result was the authentic “Italian style” that was destined to influence the very birth of modern design. This was a period of “paradoxical optimism”, intense creativity in a society that was changing profoundly owing the hopes for the rising Giolitti government, yet was then forced to undergo the hardship of the First World War and the tragic consequences of Mussolini’s regime. To explore a similar context, the exhibition takes the visitor through a chronological itinerary of over one hundred works, based on a continuous dialogue between decorative and plastic arts.
On display, a masterpiece from the Fondazione Cariplo Collection: G. Previati, La danza delle ore.