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  • Mario Radice - "Crollo", 1939-1942, acquerello su carta, 19,3 x 25 cm. Mart, Archivio del ′900, fondo Mario Radice
  • Mario Radice - "La partita di pallone", 1933. Mart, collezione privata
  • Mario Radice - Composizione R.S.E.R., 1985. Olio su tela, 36 x 30 cm. Mart, collezione privata

Mario Radice
Architetture, number, colour

15 February 2014 / 08 June 2014
"The so-called abstract painting in the strict sense of the term doesn’t exist at all, and nor can it exist... Everything already exists within the infinite field of nature"
Mario Radice
An exhibition that springs from the aim of promoting the impressive holdings of the Fondo Radice, donated to the Mart by the artist’s daughters and conserved in the 20th-century archive. The holding consists of a major fund of about 1,700 items, mostly drawings and sketches for paintings, architectural and design projects.

he nucleus of autograph materials, which include numerous photographs, is displayed here for the first time and shown against the light of other major works from the Mart’s own collections and from other Italian museums and institutions.

In the light of the fascinating and unpublished material in the archive, Mario Radice’s artistic career (Como 1898 - Milan 1987) suggests an art-historical and critical re-appraisal of Italian abstract art which not only explores its origins in 1930s Italy, but also throws fresh light on the close contacts with the important architectural rationalist movement.

In outlining the evolution of one of the leading exponents of the group of abstract artists from Como, the precursor and a major element in Italian cultural life of the 20th century, the “Mario Radice. Architetture, number, colour” exhibition, presents not only the artist’s biography but also a comparison with works by other architects and painters at the cutting edge of the Italian artistic avant-garde. 

Thus, through the figure of Mario Radice himself, the visitor can interpret the cultural background and results of that movement in Italian art that developed between the two wars and which was dominated by a striving for harmony, discipline and order and governed by the cult of geometry, proportion and compositional rigour, by “colour as colour” and “forms as form”.


Web resources

A set of images on flickr

Curated by Giovanni Marzari