• ‘Morandi, Balla, de Chirico and Italian Painting 1920–1950’, Tornabuoni Art Gallery, London, 12 February – 18 April 2020. Catalogue: Tornabuoni Art Gallery, London, 2020, 176 pages, hardback, £20,00

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    ‘Morandi, Balla, de Chirico and Italian Painting 1920–1950’, Tornabuoni Art Gallery, London, 12 February – 18 April 2020. Catalogue: Tornabuoni Art Gallery, London, 2020, 176 pages, hardback, £20,00

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The exhibition ‘Morandi, Balla, de Chirico and Italian Painting 1920-1950’ at Tornabuoni Art Gallery presents work by painters who, in the late 1920s and early 1930s, had been part of Novecento, the Milan-based group introduced by art critic Margherita Sarfatti. Yet, the majority of the works on show, while being framed by the seemingly a-temporal ‘classicism’ of Novecento, date from the 1940s and 1950s. This review reflects on the effects of this curatorial choice, considering the unexpected juxtapositions created by a varied body of works which interweave different ‘classicisms’ and diverse temporalities.

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02 Dec 2020