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  • Carla Accardi, "Labirinto con settori (Bianconerorosso)" (dettaglio), 1958, Mart, Deposito da collezione privata
  • Achille Perilli, "Le rocce dell'antica saggezza", 1957, Mart, Deposito da collezione privata
  • Giancarlo Pavanello, "Ixidem", 1993 (dettaglio), libro d’artista in esemplare unico, Mart, Archivio del ’900, fondo librario Archivio di Nuova Scrittura
  • Ben Vautier, "Moi, Ben je signe", Bruxelles-Hamburg, Lebeer Hossmann, 1975, Mart, Archivio del ’900, Fondo librario Archivio di Nuova Scrittura

Manu Propria
The Calligraphic Mark as Work of Art

Casa d'Arte Futurista Depero
16 June 2018 / 07 October 2018
"Dans un tableau, les mots sont de la même substance que les images"
René Magritte
From the Mart collections, an exhibition devoted to the relationship between art and writing in the artistic practices of the 20th century

he calligraphic sign in its multiple variations is the protagonist of an exhibition of artworks, posters, experimental publications and documents belonging to the museum’s heritage, which numbers among its main assets Paolo della Grazia’s Archivio di Nuova Scrittura and the Bellora, Bentivoglio, Denza and Martini collections.
Beginning with Futurism, writing as a form of artistic expression took on a key role in 20th-century practices, becoming a founding element of movements such as Visual Poetry, Concrete Poetry, Fluxus, Mail Art and Conceptual Art. In the post-WWII period the relations between artists and poets, the contaminations between languages and the stratifications of images and words all became increasingly intense. Far beyond the conventional formulas, writing in its visual meaning appeared to be an immediate and authentic instrument capable of exploring new territories of the imagination and thought.
From the playful epistolary experimentations of Giacomo Balla to contemporary writing, the exhibition investigates the relationship between art and writing with particular attention devoted to the experiences through the second half of the 20th century. Exemplary protagonists are the paintings of Gastone Novelli and Achille Perilli, the alphabets of Carla Accardi, Giuseppe Capogrossi and Antonio Sanfilippo, the handwriting works of Emilio Villa, the palimpsests of Magdalo Mussio, the illegible writings of Bruno Munari and the verbo-visual research of Ugo Carrega, Martino Oberto and Giancarlo Pavanello.
The exhibition itinerary is further enhanced by a precious series of artists’ books and a number of important documents on the subject of international graffiti art, on display for the first time, coming from the Mart’s Archivio del '900


Curated by Nicoletta Boschiero and Duccio Dogheria

2018 Exhibition Programme

2018 Exhibition Programme