Three exhibitions, three artists and three generations compared in a game of references and iconographic coincidences, conceptual strategies and artistic and literary passions: Filippo de Pisis, Giulio Paolini and Luca Vitone at the Museo Novecento in a three-voice dialogue from March 18 to September 7, 2022.
More than forty works by the painter and man of letters from Ferrara that show how his apparent decorative superficiality (due to the rapid and light brushstrokes and the pleasant chromatic combinations) instead subtends a construct of both auobiographical and cultural references.
Giulio Paolini is the protagonist of an unprecedented exhibition project that brings together works from his most recent production in dialogue with the Renaissance architecture of the museum's rooms. Beginning with a letter written in 1922 by Rainer Maria Rilke to Lou Andreas Salome, on time and our inability to grasp it, Paolini conducts his own meditation, questioning the role of art and the figure of the artist in relation to life and its flow.
Within the exhibition D'après Luca Vitone reproduces with a series of site-specific works a whole series of references to the works of De Pisis and Paolini. Citing the painting by De Pisis Il gladiolo fulminato (kept in Ferrara and deliberately not present in the exhibition) Vitone elaborates an olfactory sculpture, that is a room of the museum pervaded by the scent of the flower represented in the canvas. In the other case, Vitone creates a watercolor with dust recovered from Giulio Paolini's studio with the intention of representing the artist's studio.