he exhibition bears witness to the fully international nature of the Visual Poetry movement, with 19 countries represented. At the beginning of the 1970s, the presence of women in the art scene was a desolation. Not for the quality of the works, but for the (small) number of women artists and for the great difficulties they had in being exhibited and gaining access to critics and market. Forty years later, the situation has changed radically; in Italy too. Part of the merit for this must certainly go to Mirella Bentivoglio. Artist, poet and performer of international renown, Bentivoglio began working with Visual Poetry in the 1960s.
As curator, she played a crucial role in the emancipation of women from contexts she herself defined as “ghetto-exhibitions”. During the course of her many activities, she has succeeded not only in promoting the work of many female poets and artists, but also in forming a collection of great coherence and originality, offering a complete panorama of female verbal and visual art from the 1960s to the present day. This collection, comprising 300 works, has now been donated by Mirella Bentivoglio to the Mart.
Curated by Daniela Ferrari with the academic direction of Gabriella Belli