09 October 2015 - 25 June 2016
The Center for Italian Modern Art is excited to announce its third season, dedicated to Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964), one of the best known Italian artists of the 20th century. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s rarely seen works from the 1930s—the decade when Morandi reached full artistic maturity and developed his distinctive pictorial language. These works until now have remained relatively little known or exhibited outside of Italy. Featuring circa 40 paintings, etchings, and drawings by the acclaimed Italian modernist, the installation marks the first time in decades that many of these works have been on view in the US. CIMA’s show draws from major international public and private collections, including those of the MART Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto; the MAMBo, Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna; the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Venice; and the Kunstmuseum Winterthur in Switzerland. The installation also presents select works from the very beginning of Giorgio Morandi’s career in the 1910s and from the very end of his life in the 1960s, to illustrate the thematic and pictorial continuities in the artist’s research. It also includes a selection of contemporary works inspired by Giorgio Morandi’s practice by artists Tacita Dean,Wolfgang Laib, Joel Meyerowitz, and Matthias Schaller.
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17 October 2014 - 27 June 2015
The Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) presents a major installation of sculpture, drawing, and experimental photography by acclaimed modernist Medardo Rosso (1858 – 1928), revealing the masterful range of an artist known chiefly for his three-dimensional work. Anchored by an important loan from the Museo Medardo Rosso in Barzio, Italy, the presentation explores the broad range of materials—from gesso, wax, and bronze, to photography and drawing—in which Rosso worked. The installation marks the first time that a comprehensive group of drawings and experimental photography by Rosso will be on view together with his sculpture.
“Medardo Rosso” is the second presentation mounted by CIMA. Together with Rosso, CIMA presents two works by the American artist Cy Twombly, including the painting Untitled (New York City), 1956, and the work-on-paper diptych Idilion, 1976. Born in the U.S., Twombly spent much of his life in Rome and frequently drew inspiration from classical mythology and the Italian Renaissance. His paintings and drawings often feature large-scale, freely made, calligraphic marks—emotive gestures that foster a dynamic dialogue when presented alongside the drawings and collaged photographs of Rosso.
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22 February - 28 June 2014
For its inaugural year, the Center for Italian Modern Art presented an installation of the work of Italian artist Fortunato Depero (1892–1960). Throughout his career, Depero worked beyond the Futurist movement’s orthodoxy, engaging in fruitful dialogues with Dada and Metaphysical Painting, Esprit Nouveau and the Bauhaus, Valori Plastici and Art Deco. More than any other artist, Depero embodied Futurism’s desire to merge the boundaries between high and popular culture. He did so through non-traditional work, which included, besides painting and sculpture: furniture, industrial design, advertising, architecture, photography, tapestry, ballet scenography and costume design, and more.
Coinciding with the landmark exhibition, Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe, at the Guggenheim February 21–September 1, 2014, the installation at the Center’s Soho seat introduced this multifaceted artist to an American audience. The exhibition featured more than fifty works by Depero drawn from the Gianni Mattioli collection. One room at CIMA was dedicated to the display of Futurism’s first book-object—Depero’s “bolted” book, Depero Futurista (1927)—an experiment in typography that challenged the very idea of a book as cultural object and design product.
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