From Magritte to Warhol,
from De Chirico to Sissi: le fil rouge of contemporary art.
13 October 2018 - 24 November 2018
After displaying one of the fathers of Surrealism, Roberto Sebastian Matta, Galleria d'Arte Maggiore g.a.m. is pleased to present in its historical venue in Bologna an exhibition of the greatest artists of XX and XXI centuries. Among these artists, particular attention will be given to Giorgio Morandi, leading figure for the Gallery's next great retrospective and also International point of reference for its market and cultrual promotion. It will also be displayed a selection of masters whose works contributed significantly to lay the foundations for the history of contemporary art: Giorgio de Chirico, René Magritte, Paul Delvaux, Joan Mirò, Pablo Picasso, Arman, Andy Warhol, Georges Mathieu, Leoncillo Leonardi and works from the aforementioned Roberto Sebastian Matta to then continue with artists who are playing a more and more prominent role in the contemporary art scene: Sissi, Mattia Moreni, Antoni Clavè, Pablo Echaurren and Pirro Cuniberti.
Waiting for the next great exhibition focused on Giorgio Morandi to celebrate the first forty years of the Gallery - the artist who stated that nothing is more abstract than reality and who managed to show the significant intensity of everyday's life in a formal balance of lights, colours and spaces - Galleria d'Arte Maggiore g.a.m. presents a selection of works belonging to different artistic movements but still connected one to another. From the Metaphysical oils by Giorgio de Chirico to the the Surrealism, seen through the hermetic detachment of René Magritte and Paul Delvaux's renewed classicism, whose works establish a magnificent dialogue with his predecessors. Among the fathers of the Surrealism, Roberto Sebastian Matta fits perfectly into this context and his famous inscapes lead gradually to new developments of styles and movements. We arrive then to Joan Mirò's poetic paintings that show his artistic game made of simplified shapes and colours but never without emotional involvement and substance. An important part of the exhibition will be dedicated to the Informal period, well represented by the lyrical abstraction of Georges Mathieu. His canvases are free from the dogmas to which they were previously subjected, giving space to a more liberal poetic, strictly connected to the communicative emergency of the Second Postwar Period. Another essential master of the Informal movement is Mattia Moreni, of which the Gallery holds also the artist's Archive, who fully lived several important moments of the last Century, traceable in his artistic path rich of turning points. Leoncillo Leonardi, whose Archive is also held by the Gallery, allows us to appreciate the Informal movement declined through the clay, material where his aesthetic identity shines through the plasticity of his works: naked but full of tension. The exhibition will be also completed by the vibrant vitality of Pablo Picasso's hand and Antoni Clavè, whose work was greatly influenced by his meeting with the painter of Malaga. The show continues with Arman and his famous accumulations, perfect examples of the Nouveau Réalisme, moving then to Andy Warhol's Pop Art, always provocative and with a sharp aesthetic.
This journey ends crossing the lively tones of Pablo Echaurren - whose works create a short-circuit between "high" and "low" culture, between the references of Great Art and the world of Comics - and the imaginary alphabets of the delicate works on paper by Pirro Cuniberti, till the continuos and personal research around the theme of "emotional anatomy" by Sissi.
The aim of the exhibition is to harmonize in a symphony of artistic trends and perceptions the different aesthetics of the artists, creating an ordered labyrinth where unexpected combinations give origin to emotional paths in some way connected with the ancestral emotionality of the audience.