With the exhibition The Return to Beauty: Masterpieces of Italian art, the interwar years, Fundación MAPFRE is completing its cycle on a period of Italian art history that was launched in 2013 with Macchiaioli, Impressionist Realism in Italy and continued last year with the exhibition From Divisionism to Futurism. The dawn of modern art in Italy. The present event moves forward in time to focus on the Italian artists of the early decades of the 20th century who once again looked to the classical and Renaissance tradition as a model in order to recapture a place and time in which beauty and harmony prevailed.
The exhibition brings together more than one hundred works representative of both the key artists of Metaphysical painting – Giorgio de Chirico and his brother Alberto Savinio, Carlo Carrá, Filippo de Pisis and Giorgio Morandi – and of the Novecento group artists – Mario Sironi, Leonardo Dudreville, Achille Funi, Anselmo Bucci, Ubaldo Oppi, Piero Marussig and Gian Emilio Malerba – as well as that of other figures who intrepidly set out towards what we know now as Magic Realism – including Felice Casorati, Antonio Donghi, Ubaldo Oppi and Cagnaccio di San Pietro – their results to some extent allied woth German New Objectivity. Alongside their works will be others by artists such as Pompeo Borra, Massimo Campigli, Gisberto Ceracchini and Marino Marini who, while not affiliated with any of the movements, moved within the context of the same aesthetic. (Source: From the exhibition brochure)
Begoña and I had the opportunity to visit the exhibition this last week.
Recoletos Exhibition Hall
Paseo de Recoletos 23
Exhibition dates: 25 February – 4 June 2017
Opening hours: Mon 2pm-8pm; Tue-Sat 10am-8pm; Sun, public holidays 11am-7pm
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