The Vorticists: rebel artists in London and New York, 19141918
From 29 January 2011 to 15 May 2011
The English abstractionism goes on stage at the Peggy Guggenheim collection in Venice with a collection of 100 pieces belonging to artists such as Edward Wadsworth, Percy Wyndham Lewis and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, considered amongst the most radical representatives of the movement known as Vorticism, founded in England at the beginning of last century. For the first time an exhibition on this subject showing the works of its main exponents is presented in Italy. Many pieces are on show and arranged along an itinerary that captures visitors and accompanies them inside the fascinations and colours of this particular artistic expression, characterized by such concepts as movement, dynamism, energy and force. There will be paintings, paper drawings, sculptures and photographs capable of describing in a magnificent way the Vortcism movement, which began at the time of the Great War between 1914 and 1918. Without any doubt Vorticism has roots in French Cubism and Italian Futurism, but developed its own language and style represented by abstract themes that combines the shapes of the mechanical era with vortex symbolism. An avant-gardes movement that despite begin short lived was nonetheless fundamental for the subsequent English abstract arts. The exhibition in Venice is in reality the second display of a traveling exhibition that opened last September in the US (North Carolina) and that will draw to an end next September at the Tate Gallery in London.