In Europe immediately after the First World War, women began to find their own voice: increasingly independent, seductive and modern.
Hair got shorter, as did the length of the skirts, while their influence in society and culture intensified. Coco Chanel changed fashion, Amelia Earhart flew across the Atlantic, Josephine Baker enchants Paris with her dancing. In Italy too, a new wind blew and this modern woman is depicted in the magnetic portrait by the painter Ubaldo Oppi, who grew up in Vicenza, but trained in Vienna, Paris and Venice, then moved to Milan after being 'discovered' by Margherita Sarfatti and Ugo Ojetti.
Oppi but is not alone, because this new woman also appears in paintings by Felice Casorati, as well as those of Mario Cavalieri, Mario Sironi and Piero Marussig. Absolutely masters of their time, these figures also come out of the chronicles to evoke the myth of deadly and powerful women, such as the Amazons, or of muses portrayed in a magical suspension, rendered eternal in the values of a seductive classicism.
Truly fascinating images (around one hundred works including paintings, drawings, sculptures, clothing and jewellery) that amaze visitors with the as yet untold story of the modernity of the 1920s represented by the female icons of Ubaldo Oppi’s painting. The exhibition is curated by Stefania Portinari.
Opening hours: every day 10 am to 6 pm. (25 Dec and 1 Jan, opening hours 2 pm to 6 pm).