“Realistic precision of contours, solidity of matter well placed on the ground; and around it like an atmosphere of magic that makes us feel, through intense restlessness, almost another dimension in which our life is projected “. Thus, in 1928, the writer, journalist and playwright Massimo Bontempelli summarizes the character of a specific declination of Italian art between the two world wars, which took the name of Magic Realism. Palazzo Reale dedicates an exhibition curated by Gabriella Belli and Valerio Terraroli to this expressive modality, which was a transnational phenomenon, which will be set up in its rooms by Studio Mario Bellini with Raffaele Cipolletta from 19 October 2021 to 27 February 2022.
“I am very excited to inaugurate this exhibition, the first of my mandate in Milan, which continues the line of artistic and curatorial quality now recognized at Palazzo Reale also at an international level. A line that I intend to continue with conviction also in the future – he declares the Councilor for Culture Tommaso Sacchi – The exhibition is the result of a project shared with private partners and, at the same time, the result of a long period of study and work to bring together the most important masterpieces and the most significant works of Magic Realism. From Casorati to Carrà, from Sironi to Funi, from Oppi to Martini, the public will be able to return to the effervescent climate of those years, ranging in a path selected by very prestigious curators, such as Gabriella Belli and Valerio Terraroli,prepared by Mario Bellini “.
Promoted and produced by the Municipality of Milan-Cultura, Palazzo Reale and 24 Ore Cultura-Gruppo 24 Ore, the exhibition, thirty years after the last Milanese exhibition on the subject, returns to offer the public a special opportunity to get to know o deepen – thanks to a precise philological and historiographic reconstruction – the phenomenon of Magic Realism, which concerns a limited period of Italian art, in the most creative and original phase, in about fifteen years, between 1920 and 1935.
In the exhibition, which sees more than eighty masterpieces from important collections and museums on display, the collection of Emilio Bertonati (1934-1981), a great gallery owner and art critic who, sensing the artistic significance of movement, bought many works from artists who recognized themselves in the current of Magic Realism.
The chronological-philological path revolves around Italian masterpieces of this specific artistic and cultural climate, in turn related to some works of the so-called German “New Objectivity”, which Emilio Bertonati first promoted and made known in Italy at the beginning of the years Sixty through the Galleria del Levante. The comparisons will also be with the characters of the Novecento Italiano by Margherita Sarfatti, from which Magic Realism stands out, but with whom it shares some artistic personalities such as Achille Funi, Mario Sironi, Ubaldo Oppi.
The catalog of the exhibition “Magical Realism. An Italian Style” is published by 24 Ore Cultura and is available for sale at the exhibition bookshop, in all bookstores and online.
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