Musée d'Orsay: Adolfo Wildt (1868–1931), the Last Symbolist

Adolfo Wildt (1868–1931), the Last Symbolist

Adolfo WildtVir temporis acti© Archivio Franco Maria Ricci
This Italian sculptor close to the Liberty style and Symbolism, contrived to devise a language in which expressionism combines with reminiscences of ancient and Renaissance art as well as neo-Gothic art, striking an unusual balance between the expressive power of the modeling and the gracefulness of his purely decorative motifs.
Foreign to the world of the avant-gardes, Wildt met with mixed critical acclaim, both because of the subject matter of his sometimes obscure works, and on account of his formal choices, viewed as being eccentric. His sensitivity made him the interpreter of a "tired, anxious, credulous and inquisitive age" (Ugo Ojetti).

Organized jointly with the Cassa dei Risparmi di Forli Foundation, this outstanding exhibition presents for the first time in France sculptures and drawings by one of the most refined and cultivated artists of the twentieth century.



Beatrice Avanzi, curator, Musée d'Orsay
Ophélie Ferlier, curator, Musée d'Orsay
Exhibition organised by the Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie public establishment in collaboration with the Fondation Cassa dei Risparmi of Forli and the city of Forli

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.

15 April - 13 July 2015

Paris, Musée National de l'Orangerie

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