ITALIAN POST-WAR SCULPTURE: BETWEEN FIGURATION AND ABSTRACTION

  • ITALIAN POST-WAR SCULPTURE: BETWEEN FIGURATION AND ABSTRACTION

    23 December 2017 - 23 January 2018
  • ITALIAN POST-WAR SCULPTURE: BETWEEN FIGURATION AND ABSTRACTION

    23 December 2017 - 23 January 2018
  • ITALIAN POST-WAR SCULPTURE: BETWEEN FIGURATION AND ABSTRACTION

    23 December 2017 - 23 January 2018

Introduction

Robilant+Voena are pleased to present Italian post-war sculpture: between figuration and abstraction, an exhibition of works by the Italian artists on view at their St. Moritz gallery from December 23, 2017, to January 23, 2018.

 

Italian post-war sculpture was dynamic, experimental, and original. This exhibition presents works created during the pivotal moment after the war when Italian sculptors rejected the past and redefined the meaning, purpose and manifestation of their art. Sculptors represented include Agostino Bonalumi, Andrea Cascella, Pietro Consagra, Lucio Fontana, Marino Marini, Umberto Mastroianni, Fausto Melotti and Arnaldo Pomodoro. As sculptors built new and extraordinary forms, concurrently, their country built a new and buoyant Italy. 

 

The filmmaker, Federico Fellini wrote of postwar Italy: “I am happy to be living at a time when everything is capsizing. It’s a marvellous time, for the very reason that a whole series of ideologies, concepts and conventions is being wrecked”.

 

In this moment of destruction, sculpture became an emblem of “reconstruction”. Amidst the wreckage, sculptors followed new experimental paths of development, including abstraction, figuration, and new materiality. The sculptures on view in the exhibition demonstrate the antagonism and dialogue between the classic and the modern; figuration and abstraction; traditional media and radical experimentation. Through these active tensions, Italian post-war sculpture gave birth to a new visual language, which was cemented and encouraged by the wealth and inventive vitality of a burgeoning Italy.  With creation and the modern maintaining a key central role in society, the result was one of the most fruitful moments in the history of contemporary art.

Works

Andrea Cascella
Bagnante, 1960
Candoglia pink marble
27.5 x 74 x 23.5 cm/10.8 x 29.1 x 9.2 in

Installation