CIMA Travel Fellow Silvia Bottinelli at the MART Museum

The Archive of the 20th century (Archivio del ’900) at the Mart Museum (Rovereto) offers insight into a range of subjects related to modern and contemporary Italian art. In addition to Futurism, Architecture, and Critical History, the collections include an impressive selection of materials related to Visual Poetry. During my research sessions at the Mart archives, I explored the latter topic in particular, by viewing sources by or about Enrico Baj, Mirella Bentivoglio, Maria Lai, Ketty La Rocca, Lucia Marcucci, Stelio Maria Martini, Lamberto Pignotti and others. The aforementioned artists paid attention to the domestic realm, which is the subject of my book manuscript in progress.

A Focus on Giorgio de Chirico in Milan

A recent focus exhibition on Giorgio de Chirico at the Casa Museo Boschi Di Stefano in Milan, which centered around the 1928 painting “The School of Gladiators: The Fight,” brought new attention to the Gladiators series undertaken by the artist in the 1920s in Paris. A number of former CIMA fellows contributed to the programming.

Giorgio de Chirico in New York

As we approach the last days of the Giorgio de Chirico – Giulio Paolini exhibition season, CIMA 2016-17 Fellow Sophia Farmer takes a look at where else in New York City you can see paintings by Giorgio de Chirico.

In 1936, Giorgio de Chirico headed for New York City, but he had been dreaming of the…

Francis Picabia Reconsidered at MoMA

The protean nature of Francis Picabia’s art is well explored in MoMA’s impressive survey, which is organized chronologically and includes all the major bodies of work that Picabia produced in his career: Impressionist, Cubist, Dadaist, Surrealist, kitschy Figurative, Abstract. The subtitle of the show, “our heads are round so our thoughts can change direction,” hints at the circularity and the extraordinary creativity of Picabia’s oeuvre.

An eye for design: Milan Triennale Archives

The Milan Triennale Library and Archives, known as the Biblioteca del Progetto, is exactly what you might expect of a space situated in an iconic cultural institute devoted to art and design. It is a wonderful place for visitors that have wandered off course from the main Triennale’s exhibition route and especially for scholars, like Teresa KIttler, to peruse as they wait for documents to arrive.