The exhibition is focused on a short period that ends the first phase of the avant-garde movements of Cubism in France and Futurism in Italy and blossoms into a new poetics, which will eventually lead to the “Return of Order” in the first years of the 1920s. At the beginning of 1918, Italy was reeling from the Army’s devastating defeat at Capretto. One of the Army’s responses was to establish Propaganda Service which, among other initiatives, produced humorous ‘giornali de trincea’ (trench newspapers) for soldiers to help raise morale. These pages of these newspapers featured the illustrations of many of Italy’s most important artistic figures, including Mario Sironi, Carlo Carra, and Goprgio De Chirico, working in styles that starkly contrasted with the metaphysical painting that some of them were producing simultaneously. Please note that the studio is open only Friday and Saturday and must call to visit. At 11 AM and 2 PM of each day a tour is given.
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