Gazzetta del Sud online April 30, 2015

Favaretto installation at MAXXI, Socialist Realism in Mantova

Rome, April 30 - Two major exhibitions will open over the weekend in Italy. Masterpieces of German New Objectivity will be brought together in Venice to show art from the Weimar Republic period, for the first time ever in Italy. In Rome there will instead be David LaChapelle’s extraordinary images inspired by Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. A previously unseen installation by Laura Favaretto and the new generation of Czech artists will also be on display at MAXXI. In Mantova, Socialist Realism and the Italian art influenced by it will be exhibited.

VENICE - For the first time in Italy, an exhibition will be held on the crucial turning point in European art of the early 20th century that was German New Objectivity, which flourished in the Weimar Republic between 1919 and 1933. At the Correr museum from May 1 to August 30, alongside the Biennale, the exhibition offers works by Otto Dix, George Grosz, Christian Schad, August Sander and Max Beckmann to illustrate an expressive, revolutionary language influenced by the canons of representation. Under the title of ‘New Objectivity. Art in Germany in the Time of the Weimar Republic, 1919-1933’, the exhibition brings together about 140 works including paintings, photographs, drawings and etchings made by about 40 artists. Some are well known and considered masters of modern German art, while others are less well known but essential for an in-depth study of the movement. All created a collective portrait of a society dealing with a difficult transition in remarkable images.

ROME - ‘David LaChapelle, after the Deluge’ is an exhibition that will run through September 13 at Palazzo delle Esposizioni with over 150 never-seen-before works by the US artist and photographer. The exhibition focuses on works by LaChapelle beginning in 2006, when he began the series entitled ‘The Deluge’, which marked a turning point. It was with this series, inspired by Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, that the artist began to work with the sole aim of exhibiting his art in galleries and museums, creating non commissioned works never destined to be seen in fashion magazines or advertising campaigns. To acquaint the public with the origins of his work, some of his most famous works produced between 1995 and 2005 will be exhibited as well, including portraits of stars in the music, fashion and film worlds, as well as scenes with surrealist touches based on religious themes and quotes from important works in the history of art and cinema.

ROME - Video collages by Jakub Nepras, the sensational hyper-realistic paintings by Jan Mikulka, Asot Haas’s optical abstractions and the etched mirrors of Tets Ohnari will all be part of the exhibition on young artists from the Czech Republic at MAXXI’s Spazio D until May 17. Some 34 works by 18 artists will be on display, representing the younger generations and belonging to different contemporary trends. Entitled ‘Et Cetera’, the Rome exhibition takes into consideration the lively, variegated production of the past 25 years, as seen in the works of these youths that together provide a broad panorama of current-day Czech artistic experimentation. Also at MAXXI, in Gallery 4 until September 20, there is an installation by Laura Favaretto entitled ‘Good Luck’. The work is the continuation of one presented at the 2009 Venice Biennale, commissioned by the Rome museum and is on the theme of the disappeared. The entire project was fostered by wide-ranging research that began in 2005 and led to the artist creating an archive of images, documents, letters, photos and written accounts.

MANTOVA - Relations and reciprocal influences between Italian post-WWII art and Socialist Realism in the USSR are for the first time the focus of an exhibition running from May 30 to October 4 in Palazzo Te. The exhibition is meant as an opportunity to reflect on elective affinities and cultural and linguistic divergences through the works of such Italian artists as Guttuso, Purificato, Sughi, Turcato, Attardi and Trombadori and those of the Soviets, who from 1934 to 1956 and in 1974 took part in the Venice Biennale. Entitled ‘Looking at the USSR. Socialist Realism in Italy, from the Myth to the Market’, the exhibition offers a selection of works as well as numerous documents, videos, photographs, posters and books that are little knownto the general public.

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