Now on view at the Complesso del Vittoriano, the Mario Sironi retrospective reveals the artwork that developed alongside, and framed the rise and fall of the fascist movement in Italy. Commemorating the 130th anniversary of master painter, sculptor, and illustrator, Mario Sironi’s birth, the exhibit includes more than 90 paintings, as well as personal sketches and letters that span his career.
Born in 1885, Sironi had produced notable work by his adolescence. His early professional career was marked by his involvement in the Symbolist movement, although Sironi would go on to experiment with Futurism and evoke metaphysical concepts in his later work. Perhaps the highlight of his career, Sironi co-founded the Novecento, a revival of classicism inspired by the plethora of Rome’s ancient relics. The exhibit features his famous L’architetto (1922-1923), produced the same year.
The iconic images and magazine covers Sironi created as chief illustrator for Mussolini’s propaganda magazine, Il Popolo d’Italia are on display in several rooms and have become heavily associated with Fascist ideology. An entire section is also devoted to Sironi’s revolutionary large-scale murals (see Cavallo e Cavaliere, 1943-1944), which he intended as art for the people. In the aftermath of WW II, Sironi’s deconstructive work –best exemplified by Apocalisse (1961) – reveals Sironi’s disillusionment with Italy’s future and the pain of personal tragedy.
Complesso del Vittoriano
Via San Pietro in Carcere (Piazza Venezia).
Mon-Thu 9.30am-7.30pm, Fri-Sat 9.30am-10pm, Sun 9.30am-8.30pm
entry fee €12/9 – comunicareorganizzando.it
Till 8 February 2015