ittore Grubicy is a key figure in Fin de siècle Italian art for the determining influence he has exerted upon three generations of artists . His attempt to create a modern art gallery that would compete on the international art market scene and his militant writing have prompted cultural exchanges between Italy and the triangle Holland/ London/ Paris in which the destinies of the art market took shape during the second half of the 19th century .In turn his polymorphic undertakings have stimulated the outcome of the divisionist movement and the development of Symbolism in Northern Italy.
In 1999, MART acquired the Vittore Grubicy archives; henceforth a vast and so far unpublished array of material became available to the scholarly community. These documents have now been catalogued and their study should allow to establish the visionary character of Grubicy’s undertaking and to trace his contacts with the international artists and art market of the time.
Departing from an in-dept study of the archives, the show will document Vittore Grubicy’s connections with the Dutch and Belgian milieus, his knowledge of the French avant-garde movements acquired through Octave Maus and the Groupe des XX, as well as his attempt to promote Italian artists abroad. Our goal is to clarify thirty years of Italian art in relation to the avant-garde movements of Europe in the dual perspective of influences and foreign perception.
Curated by Annie Paule Quinsac.
Scientific directors: Gabriella Belli and Pier Giovanni Castagnoli.