Milan’s Palazzo Reale plays host to a selection of 20th-century masterpieces from Paris’s Centre Pompidou with the temporary exhibition “from Matisse to Bacon”
Milan‘s Palazzo Reale plays host to a selection of 20th-century masterpieces from Paris’s Centre Pompidou this winter in a temporary exhibition we think is worth a visit. It’s called “Il volto del ‘900” which translates roughly as “”The face of the 20th century.”” The focus is on portraits and self-portraits throughout the last century, with 80 works by unquestionably great artists like Matisse, Mirò, Modigliani, Tamara de Lempicka, Bacon and Brancusi.
More than any other genre, portraiture underwent massive changes at the start of the twentieth century, with the discovery of the unconscious, a new sense of individuality, and also the availability of new forms of mechanical reproduction. Within the context of this mechanical revolution, in fact, many artists felt the need to assert their individuality through self-representation, which took on many unusual forms as we’ll see in this show.
The exhibit’s seven sections take us on a voyage through the disturbing Surrealists to the introspective Expressionists, passing through the imperfections loved by Bacon and Giacometti, to the disintegration of the individual by Kurt Kren and Paul Sharits.
Il volto del ‘900
Until February 9, 2014
Piazza del Duomo 12, Milano
Opening hours: Monday 2.30pm to 7.30pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday 9.30am to 7.30 pm; Thursday and Saturday 9.30am to 10.30 pm