An exemplary journey through the history of Italian art of the last century by way of about fifty works including paintings, drawings and sculptures from private collections.
The project focuses on the period from the late 1920s to the early 1960s: a historical phase of profound transformation that, in less than forty years, encountered Fascism, the Second World War, resistance, reconstruction, and the economic boom.
During the two decades of Fascism, Italian art suffered from the cultural autarky induced by the regime: the recovery of the values of tradition and consequent return to order – after the revolution produced by the Avant-garde movement – faithfully reflect the political ideology of that period. This phenomenon would be questioned by the proposals of the Scuola Romana and Lombard Chiarism, before being definitively surpassed by Realism, Neocubism and Informalism. In the immediate post-war period, in fact, Italian culture experienced a desire for rebirth and realignment with international research, as attested by the emergence of some of the most active groups on the Italian artistic scene, such as the Fronte Nuovo delle Arti and the Group of Eight.