THE MATTER OF FORM. PANZA DI BIUMO COLLECTION
curated by Denis Isaia and Gianfranco Maraniello
2 April - 2 July 2017
MARIO SIRONI IN THE ALLARIA COLLECTION
curated by Daniela Ferrari and Alessandra Tiddia
5 March - 11 June 2017
FROM NUCLEAR ART TO PATAPHYSICS: BOOKS AND MAGAZINES FROM THE BAJ DONATION
curated by Archivio del '900
3 December 2016 - 30 April 2017
The Mart research department, the Archive of the 20th Century, was enriched in 2014 with an important corpus of documents belonging to one of the principal figures in Italian art in the second half of the 20th century, Enrico Baj (1924-2003).
The artist's wife, Roberta Cerini Baj, generously donated a part of the large library assembled by her husband over the course of his life, adding to the existing archives of writings, letters, photographs, videos, and abundant printed materias. Albeit fragmentary, this bequest reflects, like the other archival materials, the complexity of this multifaceted experimenter: his contacts with the exponents of the historical avantgarde movements and the international neo-avantgarde movements (Asjer Jorn first and foremost); his activities in association with the Nuclear Art Movement he founded in the early Fifties; his front-stage role in experimental publishing; and, not least, his interest in Pataphysics, the "science of imaginary solutions" that so greatly stimulated his alrealdy fertile imagination.