Giovanni BoldiniCount Robert de Montesquiou© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
The museum continues its exploration of art in Europe with an exhibition on I
talian art at the turn of the century. I
taly, "mother of arts", a young nation newly unified, looked for its cultural identity in its important past while at the same time turning to modernity. Thirty years of creation are presented in the exhibition, from after the Macchiaioli
in Florence, who as early as 1855 gave a new orientation to painting, up to Futurism
, the explosion of the avant-garde in 1909. Paintings, sculptures and photographs by great artists little-known in France - Pellizza da Volpedo, Segantini, Medardo Rosso, Count Primoli, Balla, De Chirico – testify to a deeply original outbreak: realism and its dissolution, a certain brand of society cosmopolitanism, pointillism and symbolism, the utopia of progress, modernity and those who would become the futurists.
Curators Gianna Piantoni, director, Galleria nazionale d'Arte moderna, Rome and Anne Pingeot, general curator, Musée d'Orsay