A Journey into Italian Art 1950-1980

One Hundred Artworks from the Farnesina Collection

12 July 2007 - 12 August 2007

A Journey into Italian Art presents visitors with the post-World War II Italian fine arts. Staged by the Museum of Fine Arts, the exhibition is displaying 100 artworks from the Farnesina Collection until 9th September. The Farnesina Collection's more than two hundred artworks reveal the most recent history of Italian art. Last year the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to take the best pieces of their collection to other countries. The collection was first exhibited in Sarajevo and its second station is the Museum of Fine Arts, thanks to the kind co-operation rendered by the Italian Cultural Institute in Budapest.

The aim of the travelling exhibition is to present the wider public with the Italian art and artistic trends of the past century, and especially the works that were created in the decades after World War II, reflecting the stormy and often contradictory path of development taken by Italian society, which had endured the tragedies of the war. The collection comprising of paintings, sculptures, graphics, textiles, collages and videos provides a wide spectrum of Italian art from Futurism to the works of artists that started out in the 1980s.

Alberto Burri, 1954 Rovereto, MART.
Alberto Burri, 1954 Rovereto, MART.


It was the intention of the experts that compiled this collection to show that the diversity represented by the numerous trends and artists in the exhibition clearly demonstrates the ability of Italian art to renew its ways of expression. Avant-garde experimentation came to the fore in the second half of the century in Italy with a succession of significant artistic manifestations through works by prominent artists such as Burri, Fontana and Vedova in the first decade, the "Scuola di Piazza del Popolo" in Rome, Manzoni and Castellani in Milan, and the art movements Arte Povera, Concept, Trans-Avant-garde and "Anachronism". Displaying the achievements of this experimentation, the exhibition also focuses attention on those earlier trends that served as sources of inspiration for these artists.

The show is realised as a collaborative effort of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Italian Embassy in Budapest, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest.

The exhibition is sponsored by