he Mart presents the Divine Comedy through the works of Markus Vallazza, today considered one of the most important European print-makers. It is presented a selection of the Dantesque corpus realised by the artist over a period of ten years, from 1994 to 2004, will be exhibited. With 300 prints, nine albums of sketches and about 100 preparatory drawings, the project today represents one of the most important contemporary cycles dedicated to this theme.
In the wake of Dante, Markus Vallazza has followed his itinerary, studying the depictions produced by celebrated artists of the past.
In particular, Vallazza has drawn inspiration from the works of the Italian Renaissance, and from those of the great Botticcelli especially, who illustrated the Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso with 92 drawings. Other influences have proved to be William Blake, who never completed his corpus, and the work the American Robert Rauschenberg dedicated to Dante’s poem.
Markus Vallazza’s graphic interpretation of the Divine Comedy is not a simple illustration of the work, but his personal and topical vision, enriched with elements drawn from his imagination. The sections are peoples with new figures, many of whom from our times. Dante’s guide is no longer Virgil but Ezra Pound. Vallazza met the British poet during one of his stays in Venice and Rome, during which he frequented the most interesting Italian intellectual circles, forming a friendship with Pier Paolo Pasolini, Alberto Moravia and Dacia Maraini.
Curated by Margherita de Pilati.