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In the light of the fascinating and unpublished material in the archive, Mario Radice’s artistic career (Como 1898 - Milan 1987) suggests an art-historical and critical re-appraisal of Italian abstract art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”.
A set of images on flickr
Curated by Giovanni Marzari