Dolce Vita? From the Liberty to Italian Design (1900-1940)

Antonio DonghiCirque équestre© Droits réservés © Luca Carrà fotografo
In Italy in the early twentieth century the decorative arts were used to interpret the desire for progress of a nation that had only just found its unity. Cabinetmakers, ceramicists and glass-makers all worked together with the leading artists, creating a veritable "Italian style".
This period of extraordinary creativity is recalled through around a hundred works in a chronological display. The "Liberty" style, which came into its own at the turn of the century, is recalled with designs by Carlo Bugatti, Eugenio Quarti and Federico Tesio mixed with works by the Divisionist painters. A second section is devoted to Futurism, its esthetic inspired by progress and speed extending to every aspect of life.

Later, the return to classicism in Italy came in various guises, finding its expression in the ceramics of Gio Ponti or the glass creations of Carlo Scarpa, up to the stern language of the "Novecento".
Meanwhile, the rationalist style marked the advent of modern "design".



Guy Cogeval, President of the Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie public establishment
Beatrice Avanzi, curator at the Musée d'Orsay
Irene de Guttry, art historian
Paola Maino, art historian
Exhibition also presented in Rome, Palazzo delle esposizioni, from 16 October 2015 to 17 January 2016

This exhibition takes place under the patronage of the Ministerio dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo of Italy (MIBACT).

With the generous support of the Italian Patrons' Circle, Panerai and Monte Paschi Banque.

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