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Antonio Fontanesi and his heritage. From Pellizza da Volpedo to Burri

On display will be over thirty paintings by Antonio Fontanesi (1818-1882) from important Italian museums and collections. In the Museum Palace, via Spallanzani 1.

April 6 - July 14, 2019

Antonio Fontanesi's paintings will be compared with the production of the artists that the critics have linked to his production, with possible inspiration reasons in the period from the eighties of the XIX century  to the sixties of the XX century.

Documentation of the relations with the symbolist and divisionist culture through works by Vittore Grubicy, Leonardo Bistolfi, Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo and Angelo Morbelli, and also with the works of the twenties by Carlo Carrà, Felice Casorati and Arturo Tosi.

The last section will be dedicated to the interesting critical interpretations of the fifties by Roberto Longhi and Francesco Arcangeli. The latter saw a continuity between the art's modern concept and the great XIX-century tradition, so as to put Fontanesi into the evolution of a naturalism that arrived after World War II until Ennio Morlotti, Mattia Moreni, Pompilio Mandelli and Alberto Burri's material research.


Main sections of the exhibition

1) Fontanesi's dawn: 1901, Venice Biennial

2) The colour science: 1892 - 1915, the revival of the Divisionists

3) Number, order, size: 1922 - 1932, Carrà's new interpretation

4) A romantic heritage: 1952 - 1954, from Longhi to Arcangeli


April 6-June 30: Tuesday-Friday 10.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday and holidays (April 21, 22, 25, May 1, June 2) 10.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.; Monday opening for schools.
July 1-14: Tuesday-Friday 9.00 - 11.00 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m. and 9.00 - 11.00 p.m.; closed Monday.
Guided tours for groups: Cooperativa le Macchine Celibi phone 0039.0522.456816. Price of tour for groups up to 30 people, duration 1 hour and thirty minutes: Euros 70.00 + ticket for reduced-price entrance.
Free guided tour for ticket holders: every Sunday at 4,30 p.m.


Euros 8.00; Euros 5.00 (reduced and groups of at least 15 people).


Civic Museum

Via Spallanzani, 1 42121 Reggio Emilia
Fax. 0522.456476

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