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  • Theo Van Doesburg - Composition in Grey (Rag-time), 1919
  • James Rosenquist - Big Bo, 1966
  • Piet Mondrian - No. 12 with blue, 1936
  • Thomas Hart Benton - Portrait of a musician, 1949

The Jazz Century
Art, cinema, music and photography from Picasso to Basquiat

Mart Rovereto
15 November 2008 / 15 February 2009
The Mart offers a theme marking a new approach for Italian museums and one of great cultural interest: the relationship between art and music.

he Jazz Century" aims to stimulate a profound critical debate about one of the most curious and interesting relationships of the 20th century. Jazz was not merely an extraordinary musical genre that revolutionised the canons of music, but also a new way of being for 20th-century society, a phenomenon that profoundly influenced the art history of the last century.

Jazz music is one of the most important artistic expressions of the 20th century: new rhythms, colours and languages of sound, born of a historic meeting between different cultures, have marked every aspect of the world’s artistic scene.
“The Jazz Century”, offers a multidisciplinary vision of this fascinating and complex history, drawing the public into the world of sounds that has coloured all the other arts, from painting to photography, cinema to literature, and including the graphic arts and cartoons.


The exhibition is chronologically organised around a timeline, where the main events of the history of jazz follow each other year after year. Music scores, posters, records, magazines and newspapers, books, photographs and other memorabilia remind the visitor of numerous episodes of this era. This timeline, accompanied by a vast number of sound and audio-visual aids, will be the guide which will lead the visitor from one room to another. Throughout the exhibition, there will be little independent exhibitions aiming to highlight the relationship between jazz and the other arts.

Co-produced by the Mart, the Museé du Quai Branly in Paris and the Centro de Cultura contemporànea in Barcelona.
Curated by Daniel Soutif, with Gabriella Belli as scientific director and the valuable contributions of Heléne Cerutti and Josep Ramoneda.