heltering from the storm provoked at the start of the last century by the European avant-garde movements, one painter seduced the artistic world of half Europe – including Italy – thanks to a style of painting made up of formal perfection, sensuality and decadent sensibility. He became a protagonist and central point of reference for the market and for the training of young artists.
This man was the German artist, Franz von Stuck, to whom Mart dedicates a research exhibition.
The exhibition will include an oil on canvas never before exhibited in Italy – the large Lucifer of 1890 – as well as drawings, prints and critical and biographic details, enabling an in-depth analysis of von Stuck’s œuvre.
Von Stuck was a considerable influence on his pupils, on critics and on the art market at the end of the 19th century, in analogous fashion to the profound impression made in Italy by Max Klinger. Von Stuck was particularly successful in Italy, to the extent that he was given a one-man show at the 1909 Biennale di Venezia.
His figurative repertory derived from classical art – centaurs, fauns, nymphs drawn from antique mythology in the wake of a tradition inaugurated by Arnold Böcklin – was mediated through a fin-de-siècle sensibility towards eroticism and artfulness.
The exhibition offers an exceptional opportunity for the visitor: following a virtual itinerary linking the art of von Stuck to that of Egon Schiele.
The Trento exhibition is part of a project intending to present a series of major 19th-century artists from Mitteleuropa at Palazzo delle Albere since – and Mart is convinced of this – it is worth rediscovering the important links between these and Italian culture and, in many cases, with the artistic production in Trentino-Alto Adige today.
Curated by Alessandra Tiddia and Sergio Marinelli.
With the the scientific direction of Gabriella Belli.