“The Birth of a Nation” showing at Palazzo Strozzi

From 16 March to 22 July 2018, Palazzo Strozzi hosts the exhibition “Birth of a Nation. Between Guttuso, Fontana and Schifano “: an extraordinary journey through art, politics and society in Italy between the 50’s and to late 60’s with about eighty works by artists such as Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri, Emilio Vedova, Enrico Castellani, Piero Manzoni, Mario Schifano, Mario Merz and Michelangelo Pistoletto. The event is curated by Luca Massimo Barbato.

During World War II, Italy had lost part of itself and been left wounded. After the war the country and its people were building its own new identity. The exhibition takes us along this journey as it explores these different concepts through art. Beginning from the debate between Realism and Abstraction, moving on to Informal Art and Arte Povera.

This exhibition allows the viewer to delve into Italy’s contemporary art with an understanding of how this new vision of art came to be.

Article & Images by: Allegra de Leon Delli