One hundred years of drawing in Italian art. In Bologna 141 artists in a major anthological exhibition

A major anthological exhibition in Bologna on the evolution of drawing in one hundred years of Italian art through 141 artists.

On the occasion of World Drawing Day, the major anthological exhibition entitled 141 - A Century of Drawing in Italy set up in the rooms of Palazzo Paltroni in Bologna will open to the public on Tuesday, April 27. Curated by Maura Pozzati and Claudio Musso, promoted and organized by the Fondazione del Monte di Bologna e Ravenna, the exhibition is part of the program of Art City Bologna 2021 and will be open until June 24, 2021. The aim is to investigate the evolution of drawing in 100 years of Italian art with works on paper by 141 artists, from the avant-garde to the present.

Starting from a 1909 drawing by Boccioni to works from 2020, the exhibition aims to offer an insight into the infinite possibilities of drawing. The artists on display include leading figures from the main movements and most innovative trends of the 20th century: from Futurism to Metaphysics, from Informal to New Figuration via Pop Art, from Arte Povera to Conceptual. Also included at the same time are the varied techniques of contemporary art from painting to sculpture, from performance to new media, united by the common element of drawing. Important names such as Giacomo Balla, Carlo Carrà, Umberto Boccioni, Felice Casorati, Gino Severini, Mario Sironi, Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Osvaldo Licini, Filippo De Pisis, Lucio Fontana, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Marino Marini, Fausto Melotti, Renato Guttuso, Afro, Giulio Turcato,Emilio Vedova, Pietro Consagra, Emilio Scanavino, Carla Accardi, Enrico Baj, Gianfranco Baruchello, Gastone Novelli, Marisa Merz, Piero Dorazio, Achille Perilli, Emilio Tadini, Giosetta Fioroni, Irma Blank, Mario Schifano, Jannis Kounellis, Tano Festa, Alighiero Boetti, Franco Guerzoni, Mimmo Paladino and many others.

“This exhibition on a century of drawing in Italy is basically a tribute to those who love drawing,” emphasizes Maura Pozzati, “to those who are moved by the sign, to those who search in art for the trace of a free expression, of an accumulated energy, of an obsessive thought.”

“Drawing,” adds Claudio Musso, “like language, is living, pulsating matter, teeming with life regardless of the date of its creation; it also tends to reject patterns and rules if not self-imposed, and presents itself to all intents and purposes as a creative process that is not exhausted in the relationship between the artist and his creation, but is solicited and reactivated by each individual observer.”

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Image: Marisa Merz, Untitled (graphite on paper, 34.8 x 24.8 cm) Courtesy Archivio Merz. Ph.Credit Renato Ghiazza

One hundred years of drawing in Italian art. In Bologna 141 artists in a major anthological exhibition
One hundred years of drawing in Italian art. In Bologna 141 artists in a major anthological exhibition

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