Pop Art and its surroundings: an exhibition in Milan brings together Milanese exponents of the 1960s-70s movement


The Palazzo Lombardia Exhibition Space in Milan is hosting from April 4, 2019 the exhibition Milano Pop. Pop Art and its surroundings in the Milan of the 1960s/'70s.

Milano Pop. Pop Art and its Surroundings in the Milan of the 1960s/’70s will be the title of the exhibition that will be held from April 4 to May 29, 2019 in the Palazzo Lombardia Exhibition Space in Milan.

The exhibition will present about fifty works, many of them previously unpublished, created by the most significant Milanese exponents of Pop Art, an artistic movement that developed, starting in the United States, and reaching Italy in the 1960s and 1970s. Among the protagonists of Italian Pop Art on display are Mario Schifano, Tano Festa, Mimmo Rotella, Giosetta Fioroni, Concetto Pozzati, Valerio Adami, Enrico Baj, Paolo Baratella, Gianni Bertini, Fernando De Filippi, Lucio Del Pezzo, Umberto Mariani, Silvio Pasotti, Sergio Sarri, Giangiacomo Spadari, Tino Stefanoni, and Emilio Tadini.

The subtitle Pop Art e dintorni intends to highlight the commonalities and differences between Italian and American Pop Art, analyzing how Italian, and especially Milanese, artists interpreted this trend.

Among the works on display are Rotella’s ironic décollage Cleopatra Liz (1963), which harks back to the posters of the great cinematic colossals; Schifano’s Palma from the early 1970s; Gli occhiali (1968) from Giosetta Fioroni’s Silver series; and Pozzati’s paradoxical Nascita di una rosa (1972). Belonging to the Milanese scene are Baj’s anthropomorphic collages, including the previously unpublished Cathérine Desjardins, dite Madame de Villedieu from 1974; Bertini’s visionary Questo nottambulo di Zorro (The Two Astronauts) from 1965; Tadini’s metaphysical Archaeology with De Chirico from 1972. And, again, Stefanoni offers an inventory of everyday objects in their disarming obviousness, such as Gli imbuti (1970) and I flaconi (1969), the latter exhibited for the first time. Finally, works inspired by political and social themes are present, such as Baratella’s Il giorno della presa (1970); De Filippi’s Cuba-Cuba (1970); Sarri’s Il grande prestigiatore (Le avventure di Nessuno) (1967 ); Umberto Mariani’s Gli oggetti ci guardano e passano (1970); Garibaldi and his daughter Clelia (1975) and Spadari’s unpublished Metropolitana (1973).

The works are accompanied by a video documentary with exclusive testimonies and interviews with the artists and curator collected by Stefano Sbarbaro, produced by TVN Media Group - Arte e Cultura.

In addition, a side event is planned to be held for the duration of the exhibition: the thematic exhibition Cinema Pop will open on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the Robilant+Voena Gallery, in collaboration with the Sergio Sarri Association and the Giangiacomo Spadari Association. An exhibition focused on Sergio Sarri and Giangiacomo Spadari, two protagonists of Milanese Pop Art, who will be presented to the public through about thirty works. A common reflection of the two artists is that both painting and cinema base their foundations on the image; while film develops it in space and time, pictorial art crystallizes it in a frame.

Milan Pop. Pop Art and Surroundings in the Milan of the ’60s/’70s is curated by Elena Pontiggia and promoted by Fontanasedici S.r.l. in collaboration with Regione Lombardia, Koelliker Collection, Arteutopia, Sergio Sarri Association, Giangiacomo Spadari Association.

Hours: Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Free admission.

Facebook page www.facebook.com/MostraMilanoPop
Official hashtag #MostraMilanoPop

Image: Giosetta Fioroni, Gli occhiali (1968; mixed media on canvas, 130 x 85 cm) Courtesy by Robilant+Voena

Pop Art and its surroundings: an exhibition in Milan brings together Milanese exponents of the 1960s-70s movement
Pop Art and its surroundings: an exhibition in Milan brings together Milanese exponents of the 1960s-70s movement


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