Curated by Beatrice Avanzi and Daniela Ferrari
in collaboration with the Fundación MAPFRE, Madrid
he return-to-order climate in Europe devastated by the First World War brought forth artistic ventures and movements – Metaphysical art, the experiences surrounding "Valori plastici", the Novecento Italiano, and the poetics of Magical Realism – that sought to recover and reaffirm themes and formal solutions from the artistic tradition.
Allegorical subjects, portraits, figures, landscapes and still-lifes were interpreted in a new idiom providing a modern rendition of the values of ancient and Renaissance art. Technical knowledge gained the status of a tool for representing and transfiguring the real in search of a timeless, oneiric dimension.
Featuring absolute masterpieces from the early twentieth century, An Eternal Beauty traces an itinerary among the works of the masters of Italian art who looked to the past and its classic canon as a source of inspiration.
The exhibition is organized into seven sections: Metaphysics of time and space; Evoking the ancient; Return to the figure: the portrait; The Nude as Model; Landscapes; The Poetry of Objects; The Seasons of Life. It presents over one hundred works by some of the major protagonists of Italian art: Carrà, Casorati, De Chirico, De Pisis, Savinio, Severini, Sironi as well as Bucci, Cagnaccio, Donghi, Dudreville, Funi, Malerba, Marini, Martini, Marussig, Oppi and Wildt.
The exhibition weaves a dense network of visual references with works in the Mart permanent collections, where dedicated labels highlight the connections with the themes explored in An Eternal Beauty.