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"Noi continuiamo l'evoluzione dell'arte".

Informal Art from the GAM – Turin Collections

October 24, 2018 to January 20, 2019

curated by Riccardo Passoni, Director GAM

Cuneo
Complesso Monumentale di San Francesco, ex Chiesa di San Francesco

Wednesday, 24 October 2018Sunday, 20 January 2019

Opening: Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 6 pm

The Fondazione CRC and the GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea continue their collaboration begun last year with the exhibition Io non amo la natura and now present, beginning Wednesday, 24 October 2018 to Sunday, 20 January 2019, at the Complesso Monumentale di San Francesco in Cuneo, a new group show dedicated to Italian art from the 1950s. All works come from the collections of the Museum in Turin.

The exhibition Noi continuiamo l’evoluzione dell’arte. Informal Art from the GAM – Turin Collections is curated by Riccardo Passoni, Director of GAM Turin, and presents a selection of around 60 works by Italian painters and sculptors active after World War II.

The itinerary stems from the desire to outline a comprehensive study on a series of artistic experiences that appeared following the fall of Fascism and which can be traced back to a movement known as Informal art.

In the 1950s, a group of artists who decided to free painting and sculpture from the canon of figurative or abstract representation began a new investigation founded on reflections deriving from signs, gestures, and substance.

The exhibition itinerary gathers works by key players from that unrepeatable artistic period: from Alberto Burri to Lucio Fontana, Carla Accardi to Giuseppe Capogrossi, along with the Gruppo degli Otto (Afro, Birolli, Corpora, Moreni, Morlotti, Santomaso, Turcato, and Vedova), all united around the art critic Lionello Venturi.

In fact, it was this critic from Modena who provided a definition on the particular practice of these artists, describing the rift between this group and art movements from the period while specifying the willingness of these artists to leave behind the realist-abstract pairing.

Alongside a reading of painting phenomena from the time, the exhibition offers a selection of the greatest experiences from those years in sculpture as well, with works by Mirko Basaldella, Alberto Burri, Ettore Colla, Pietro Consagra, Nino Franchina, Franco Garelli, Umberto Mastroianni, Giuseppe Tarantino.
The event is installed in the evocative Complesso Monumentale di San Francesco, restored and reopened to the city in 2011 thanks to an important financial contribution by the Fondazione CRC.

“This exhibition offers us the opportunity to explore a historic period when Italy embarked on a new phase of artistic expression,” states Riccardo Passoni. “We will have the chance to reread in a comprehensive way the role of the protagonists of that rich artistic period who intentionally investigated new themes and international experiences.”

“This new and important exhibition continues the collaboration with GAM after the success in 2017 with Io non amo la naturastates Giandomenico Genta, President of the Fondazione CRC. “The event is part of a rich line-up of art and culture initiatives the Fondazione CRC is promoting in Cuneo, Alba, and Mondovì to offer all visitors the opportunity to admire first-hand works by internationally acclaimed artists.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published by Sagep.

USEFUL INFO
“Noi continuiamo l’evoluzione dell’arte” Arte informale dalle collezioni della GAM - Torino, curated by Riccardo Passoni
Complesso Monumentale di San Francesco, ex Chiesa di San Francesco
Cuneo, Via Santa Maria 10.
From Wednesday, 24 October 2018 to Sunday, 20 January 2019.

Hours:
Tuesday–Sunday: 3:30 pm–6:30 pm, free admission
For info: tel. 0171 634175 progetti@fondazionecrc.it

Fondazione CRC
The Fondazione CRC is a non-profit, private and independent organization that is devoted to socially useful projects and to promoting economic development, by making contributions to non-profit public and private institutions and through projects promoted directly, in partnership with local entities. The promotion of initiatives and events in the fields of art and culture represents a priority for the Foundation, in the conviction that art and culture constitute a fundamental part in the development of the social and economic aspects of our communities.

GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino
In addition to a collection of 45,000 works from the 1800s to today, including paintings, sculptures, works on paper, installations, videos, and photos, the GAM offers its public a rich events program: from major exhibitions of Italian and foreign artists to the latest practices of young artists. A lively museum that can curate and propose unique projects, conferences, and encounters and collaborate with the most prestigious museums and institutions in the world.

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