Treviso, kicks off a trilogy of exhibitions on Veneto's contribution to 20th century art

Crocetta del Montello (Treviso) is the start of a trilogy of exhibitions aimed at highlighting Veneto's contribution to 20th-century Italian art.

From September 12, 2020, to December 27, 2020, the exhibition 1910-1940: the silent revolution of art in Veneto, from Gino Rossi, to Guidi and de Pisis, curated by Antonella Alban and Giovanni Granzotto with the collaboration of Stefano Cecchetto, is scheduled in Crocetta del Montello (Treviso), at the Villa Ancilotto venue. This is the first stage of a broader exhibition itinerary promoted by the City of Crocetta del Montello that, over the three-year period 2020-2022, aims to recount the importance of Venetian painting in the evolution of twentieth-century Italian art, starting from the dawn of the twentieth century and arriving at the 2000s. According to the curators, the contribution of Veneto art was decisive because it developed through the continuous confrontation between a stronghold of artistic and pictorial tradition such as the Accademia di Venezia, one of the most important Academies in the world, and the Biennale delle Arti, a meeting point and at the same time a stage for all new artistic adventures.

The first exhibition of the trilogy intends to focus on the contribution of the experiences of Gino Rossi (Venice, 1884 - Treviso, 1947), the artists of the Burano School and other masters, including mainly Virgilio Guidi (Rome, 1891 - Venice, 1984) and Filippo De Pisis (Ferrara, 1896 - Brugherio, 1956). In the spaces of Villa Ancilotto, former site of today’s Civic Library and Natural History Museum, the exhibition will be organized around a central core of paintings from the 1910s and 1920s, with artists linked to theexperience of the Burano School, especially Gino Rossi, Umberto Moggioli and Pio Semeghini, that is, painters who transported to this lonely and protected edge of the lagoon the atmospheres of the Nabis and the bright palettes of the Fauves, but always mitigated and softened by the Venetian light. Then will be added a substantial body of works, executed in the 1920s and 1930s, by Filippo de Pisis and Virgilio Guidi and a selection of works by another genius of the happy season in Burano, Arturo Martini. The itinerary continues with works by Cagnaccio di San Pietro, Guido Cadorin, Teodoro Wolf-Ferrari, Felice Carena, Fiorenzo Tomea, Nino Springolo and others, in a constant confrontation between the great tradition of Venetian painting and the most advanced stimuli and announcements of modernity, propelled by the winds of the Viennese Secession, Expressionism, Futurism and Metaphysics.

Rounding out the exhibition is a selection of late 19th-century works by leading exponents of Venetian painting, such as Guglielmo Ciardi (the true founder of modern landscape painting), Pietro Fragiacomo, Luigi Nono, Giacomo Favretto, Ettore Tito, and Luigi Cima, which will tell the story of the context in which the pictorial instances of Gino Rossi and the other masters developed.

The cycle of exhibitions The Silent Revolution of Art in Veneto will then continue in 2021 with the second exhibition 1940-1970: from Music to Deluigi and Tancredi to conclude in 2022 with 1970-2000: from Vedova to Santomaso.

Pictured: Virgilio Guidi, Bacino di San Marco (1931; oil on canvas, 49 x 75 cm)

Treviso, kicks off a trilogy of exhibitions on Veneto's contribution to 20th century art
Treviso, kicks off a trilogy of exhibitions on Veneto's contribution to 20th century art

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