Art: what a revelation!

Until Sunday 19th August at the Gallerie d’Italia in Milan, the exhibition Arte come rivelazione. Dalla collezione Luigi e Peppino Agrati is open to the public free of charge. For the first time in Italy the exhibition presents a selection of works by leading characters in Italian and international artistic research during the second half of the twentieth century and which have been taken from one of the most important private collections of contemporary art. The exhibition is curated by Luca Massimo Barbero with overall coordination by Gianfranco Brunelli.
The exhibition presents the public with a selection of 74 works from the collection thanks to the generosity of Mariuccia Agrati, wife of Cav. Luigi Agrati. There are masterpieces from American artists such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Rauschenberg and Christo and some of the major exponents of Italian artistic research including Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Mario Schifano, Alberto Burri and Fausto Melotti. From Informal to Pop Art and from Arte Povera to Conceptual Art and the developments of the 1980s, the collection passes through and interweaves those movements that have indicated the progression of Italian and international art during the second half of the twentieth century.

From a first large group of sculptures by Fausto Melotti to masterpieces by Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri, Yves Klein and Piero Manzoni, the exhibition explores the paintings representative of the Italian “new figuration” phenomenon with works by Jannis Kounellis and Mario Schifano among others and also looks at the roots of the nascent Arte Povera movement exemplified by work carried out by Piero Gilardi, Luciano Fabro, Mario Merz and Giulio Paolini.
Moving freely in accordance with a chronological sequence, the exhibition itinerary creates areas and moments of encounter. Starting from the heart of the Gallerie d’Italia exhibition area, every room is filled with works that section by section are pieces of that extraordinary (and until today unseen by the public) mosaic that represents the history of the collection itself.
For more information visit the Gallerie d’Italia site.