By Center for Italian Modern Art
The extraordinary and painful circumstances that marked 2020 imposed reflections on our institution’s role as a protagonist of cultural conversations in the United States, and a need for a careful thematic choice in the development of the 2022 exhibition and its related Fellowship program.
Economic difficulties, exacerbated inequality and social tensions, problems of marginality and insecurity experienced by large swaths of the population are not exclusive to the contemporary situation in the United States: many other countries, and Italy in particular, have experienced similar condition of widespread hardship across different historical eras and in the present time. Artists have always known how to respond to these conditions by renewing their creativity and by immersing themselves in the reality of their day.
The decades examined in this exhibition featured a strong adherence to contemporary social themes, in a country that distinguished itself for its fascinating polyphony of creativity, voices and intentions. Paintings and sculptures created and presented to the public in Italy and abroad between 1880 and 1917 will be of particular interest to the contemporary American public. To this day, fin-de-siècle Italian socioeconomic history and artistic developments have received scant attention in the United States, and CIMA’s project intends to shed light on these subjects.
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