The seduction of the ancient
From Picasso to Duchamp, from De Chirico to Pistolettoa

Mar - Museo d'Arte della città di Ravenna

21 February - 26 June 2016

Galleria d'Arte Maggiore delighted to collaborate with loans of works by Andy Warhol, Leoncillo and Mattia Moreni.

The exhibition curated by Claudio Spadoni aims to highlight how insuppressible the attraction towards the myth of the ancient was during the 20th century, a period of great innovation with an international artistic scene dominated by the new avant-gardes. Many artists showed their interest in the ancient, not only those who did not join the research and transgression of the avant-gardes, but also some who paid particular attention to the collective memory, without avoiding experimentation or denying their belonging to innovative groups. The recall of such memory has sometimes consisted in a restitution of old models – even through explicit quotations – sometimes in evocative art forms or even in chances to reinterpret mythologised figures and artworks of the past in a new light, in order to contextualize them in modern times. The modern contaminated the ancient, also with new expressive means, with a disenchanting or even desecrating outcome.

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