Mattia Moreni. Catalogue raisonné of the works. Paintings 1934-1999 | Presentation at Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan: Curated by Enrico Crispolti | The last edited work of Enrico Crispolti in 40 years of work

April 8, 2016

G.A.M. Archivio Mattia Moreni presents

Catalogue raisonné of Mattia Moreni's works, 1934-1999

curated by Enrico Crispolti

edited by Silvana Editoriale


Friday 8th April 2016, at 6 PM

Pinacoteca di Brera

Sala della Passione, Via Brera 28, Milan


The volume Mattia Moreni. Catalogue raisonné of the works 1934-1999 will be presented to the public on Friday 8th of April at 6 pm, at the Sala della Passione of Brera Pinacoteca in Milan. The catalogue is curated by Enrico Crispolti, published by Silvana Editoriale in Milan and promoted by G.A.M. Archivio Mattia Moreni, with the general coordination of Franco, Roberta and Alessia Calarota, together with Poupy Prath Moreni and Silvia Loddo, who have edited the sheets, in collaboration with Archivio Crispolti.

The volume is composed of 888 pages and it is introduced by an extended historical-critical dissertation written by Crispolti on the creative life of Moreni, integrated by a review of Moreni's critique by Davide Caroli. The catalogue is divided into 8 historical-themed chapters and integrated with a wide anthology of Moreni's written poetic works andcritical texts on Moreni's work (from Tapié to Restany, from Arcangeli to Barilli, and many others), and extended bibliographical apparatus.

The creative life of one of the major representative of European Painting of the second half of the XX Century, and a great protagonist of Action Painting before and Neo Expressinism then, is entirely reconstructed through a detailed historic-critical framing, supported by an extensive anthology of his writings, "poetry" and criticism, this volume offers the first "reasoned" cataloguing of the paintings of one of the protagonists of European art in the second half of the 20th century, Mattia Moreni (1920-1999), reconstructing the various moments of his work that, for over half a century, never lost confidence in the communicative possibilities of painting as a "means", in a style of powerful iconic impressiveness. From his earliest experiences amidst post-cubism and "mechanistic" abstraction to the centrality of his great "informal" season, and beyond, from a vigorous "neo-expressionism" and provocative "self-portraits", to an enthusiastic "regression of the species" (as physiological as it was imaginative), all the way up to his very full "comic-book" repertoire, of residual "humanoids" lying in wait. This is the documentation of a powerfully exciting imaginative adventure, a warning against a shared destiny - that still looms large - of a collective regressive genetic and mental mutation. 

Prof. Enrico Crispolti, Prof. Flaminio Gualdoni and Arch. Antonella Ranaldi present the Catalogue.