Contemporary Italian art visits Sofia
13 April, 2017
Franco Angeli, Head of Capitoline She-Wolf, 1963.
The exhibition Viva Italia! Trajectories of 20th and 21st century Italian Art has been opened at the Sofia City Art Gallery, where it will stay until 4 June. The collection, which features 114 works by 103 authors, shows various aspects of Italian art from the 1950s until now. The pieces are part of Italian collector Carlo Palli’s treasure trove and are curated by Laura Monaldi.
This is the first attempt in Bulgaria for a retrospective of contemporary Italian art. The organisers are putting on display a representative sample of 20th and 21st century Italian art – veering from continuity to innovation, from collective explorations to artistic monologues, from groups and schools to individualism. It is a visual narrative following the evolution of art since WWII, the path of several generations of artists and the theoretic justifications that pushed each of them in one direction or another. The story begins in the 1950s with the attempts of some artists to distance themselves from classical Italian art in search of unorthodox modes of expression. It continues with the 1960s and 1970s period when traditional concepts of creating art were challenged, covers influential 20thcentury trends and finally reaches the mercurial contemporary era, whose art cannot be defined by theoretic schemes.
The exhibition illustrates developments in almost every artistic genre (painting, sculpture, photography, etching, installations) and seeks the common ground between visual and plastic arts and music and poetry. It rediscovers ways to shape the Italian art’s individuality of that period.
The exhibition is organised by the Italian Cultural Institute in Sofia in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.