From 27 September 2008 to 22 March 2009

Italian art between tradition and revolution 1968-2008Over 107 artists, both world famous and new talent, and 230 works describing the last 40 years in Italy: the new exhibition at Palazzo Grassi, Italics. Italian art between tradition and revolution 1968-2008The exhibition takes as its starting point the year 1968, year of revolutionary changes in ways of thinking (and not only) throughout Europe, and particularly in Italy: its economic boom coincided with new attitudes and outlooks deeply connected with the material changes in the culture of the country, creating enormous contradictions and changes to deal with this. In art, the year split its cultural history in two, a fracture between previous tradition and the revolutionary outlook towards the future, a critical juncture seen as a release from the vast weight of the past which was felt to be hampering cultural progress in the new society. On show are important works by among others Pascali, Cattelan, Merz, Clemente, Vedova, Vanessa Croft, Luciano Fabro, Patrick Tuttofuoco, late-period De Chirico and the Guttuso of I Funerali di Togliatti. Italics functions as a né open-ended journey, an occasion not only for finding answers, but also to renew questions and doubts. Not simply a perspective from which we can trace a fine distinction between who to include and who not, but rather an exploration into the reason why Italy had always been for many years a reality suspended on the threshold of a wider world. Italics is designed as a vehicle to transport the viewer into a landscape seemingly familiar though in reality still containing vast uncharted zones. The ultimate question hanging over the visitor to Italics is why the Italian artists here on show have often missed out on the international recognition to which the exhibition hopes at least to restore a part.
By Insidecom Editorial Staff