Forlì, at the MUsei San Domenico a major exhibition on fashion and art from 1789 to 1968

Running from March 18 to July 2, 2023 at the San Domenico Museums in Forli is the exhibition "The Art of Fashion. The Age of Dreams and Revolutions. 1789-1968": fashion painted, portrayed, sculpted, created by great artists in three centuries. An itinerary with more than three hundred works.

Tintoretto, William Hamilton, George Romney, Francesco Hayez, Silvestro Lega, Telemaco Signorini, James Tissot, Giovanni Boldini, Vittorio Corcos, Henry Matisse, Josef Hoffmann, Giacomo Balla, Piet Mondrian, Umberto Boccioni, Giorgio de Chirico, Damien Hirst along with Charles Frederick Worth, Ventura, Mariano Fortuny, Paul Poiret, Salvatore Ferragamo, Coco Chanel, Germana Marucelli, Valentino Garavani and Pierpaolo Piccioli, Giorgio Armani, John Galliano’s Christian Dior, Gucci, Prada, Tom Ford, Cristobal Balenciaga, Yohij Yamamoto: are just a few of the 100 artists and 50 designers and couturiers featured in The Art of Fashion. The Age of Dreams and Revolutions, 1789 - 1968, the exhibition scheduled from March 18 to July 2, 2023, in the spaces of the San Domenico Museums in Forlì.

Directed by Gianfranco Brunelli and curated by Cristina Acidini, Enrico Colle, Fabiana Giacomotti and Fernando Mazzocca, the exhibition is dedicated to the relationship between art and fashion. The period taken into consideration spans three centuries: from the Ancien Régime to the second half of the 20th century. A unique narrative. An exhibition of comparisons that includes more than 300 works, including paintings, sculptures, accessories, period and contemporary clothing. The Forlì exhibition, the first of its kind, resembles a veritable colossal. The works, which from the 18th century through the French Revolution, Romanticism, the Macchia, Impressionism, Symbolism and all the 20th-century Avant-gardes up to the present, identify a relationship between art and fashion where art reflects, creates and becomes fashion, and fashion definitely belongs to the arts. Fashion painted, portrayed, sculpted, made by great artists. The dress that shapes, conceals, dissimulates and promises the body. Dress as a sign of power, wealth, recognition, protest. As a distinctive cipher of a social status or identifying a generation. Fashion as work and behavior. Artas narrative and as a feeling of time.

Among the works on display are Portrait of the Lawyer Carlo Manna (1907) by Umberto Boccioni, Portrait of Emiliana Concha de Ossa (1888) by Giovanni Boldini, Large Composition A with Black, Red, Gray Yellow and Blue (1919) by Piet Mondrian, Woman and Anemones (1920-1921) by Henry Matisse to which two embroidered suits by Giorgio Armani are counterpointed, Marinetti’s Waistcoat (1923 - 1924) by Fortunato Depero, Gianfranco Ferré’s Orlando Shirt (F/W 2001-02), Mariano Fortuny’s silk Delphos with velvet surcoat (ca. 1920) in dialogue with a late 2nd-century Eleusinian-type Kore, Germana Marucelli’s “Assyrian Line” Day Dress (1961), and an unpublished evening gown by Elsa Schiaparelli.

Accompanied by a catalog published by Dario Cimorelli Edizioni, the exhibition project, curated by architect Alessandro Lucchi, benefited from the valuable collaboration of leading art museums, archives, museums and fashion houses.

The Forlì exhibition brings to Italy masterpieces from important international museum institutions such as, among others, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Belvedere Gallery in Vienna, the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in Geneva, the Klimt Foundation and the MAK- Museum of Applied Arts, in Vienna, the Galerie Neue Meister in Dresden, Le Domaine de Trianon | Château de Versailles, the Kunstmuseum de l’Hague, the Museum National in Krakow, and the Royal Castle in Warsaw. Alongside them are the major Italian museums: the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome, the Pinacoteca Agnelli in Turin, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Trento and Rovereto, the Capodimonte Museum and Real Bosco in Naples, the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, the Musei Civici in Mantua, the Institute for Theater and Melodrama - Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice, the Museo del Novecento in Milan, the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, the Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Milan, the National Galleries of Ancient Art in Rome, the Magnani Rocca Foundation in Fontanellato, the Gallerie d’Italia of Intesa Sanpaolo, the Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca Foundation, the Cariverona Foundation, the Palazzo Ricci Museum in Macerata, the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale in Florence, the Musei Civici in Padua, the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Rome, the Revoltella Museum in Trieste, and the Restivo Gallery of Modern Art in Palermo. Also prestigious are the loans of the clothes and accessories from fundamental fashion houses such as Giorgio Armani, Curiel, Prada, Christian Dior Couture, Gucci Historical Archives, Maison Valentino, Lanvin, Max Mara; and from important institutions such as Palazzo Morando | Costume Moda Immagine in Milan, Renato Balestra Archives, the Stibbert Museum in Florence, Gianfranco Ferré Research Center, the Fashion and Costume Museum of Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Galitzine Historical Archives, the Ferragamo Museum in Florence, the Boncompagni Ludovisi Museum in Rome, the Costume Museum-Castle of Donnafugata in Ragusa, the Caproni Aeronautical Museum in Trento, the Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo Museum and the Correr Museum in Venice, the Capogrossi Archive Foundation in Rome, the Germana Marucelli Archive in Milan, the Mazzini Archives in Massa Lombarda, Fortuny in Venice, the Tirelli Trappetti Collection in Rome and the Massimo Cantini Parrini Collection. Also important are loans from private collections including that of Alberto Tagliabue and Giovanna Frossi.

Conceived and realized by the Fondazione Cassa dei Risparmi di Forlì in collaboration with the Municipality of Forlì and the Museo Civico San Domenico, the exhibition is the result of the work of the scientific committee chaired ad honorem by Antonio Paolucci and composed of Marco Antonio Bazzocchi, Silvia Casagrande, Simona Di Marco, Fabriano Fabbri, Mario Finazzi, Gioia Mori, Francesco Parisi, Paola Refice, Giorgio Restelli, Stefania Ricci, Ines Richter, Chiara Squarcina, and Ulisse Tramonti.

Also for The Art of Fashion. The Age of Dreams and Revolutions, 1789 - 1968 the collaboration started in 2014 between the Foundation and Mediafriends, the non-profit association of Mediaset, Mondadori and Medusa, in the name of art and solidarity is confirmed, thanks to which a part of the entrance ticket to the exhibition will be donated to support the project “School of Life,” aimed at girls and boys who have not yet found a way.

Also confirmed is the partnership with Sky Arte, which will dedicate a TV special produced by EGE Productions to the exhibition.

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Forlì, at the MUsei San Domenico a major exhibition on fashion and art from 1789 to 1968
Forlì, at the MUsei San Domenico a major exhibition on fashion and art from 1789 to 1968