After the success in Madrid, the exhibition “Painters of Light. From Divisionism to Futurism” comes to the Mart, curated by Beatrice Avanzi, Daniela Ferrari and Fernando Mazzocca, in co-production with Fundación Mapfre of Madrid.
The exhibition which includes masterpieces from the collections of the MART as well as prestigious public and private loans, narrates the origins and development of the Divisionism, which played a key role in the Italian artistic renewal in the late 1800s and early 1900s, finding its ideal continuation in the Futurist vanguard.
Divisionism appeared in 1891 at the Brera Triennale, with the first public initiative of a group of young painters: Segantini, Pellizza da Volpedo, Morbelli, Longoni, supported by Vittore Grubicy de Dragon.
From a visual revolution arising from scientific discoveries about color, focusing on the expressive power of light, they also changed the subjects that were painted, leaning towards a modernity in the themes that ranged from social content, in an Italy recently united but still in search of its own cultural identity, a more lyrical subjects related to the international trend of Symbolism.
The revolutionary force of this new poetics and its technical basis laid the groundwork, at the start of the 20th century, for Futurism, the avant-garde movement invented by the poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, which burst onto the art scene in 1910 with the Manifesto of the painters Boccioni, Balla, Carrà, Russolo and Severini.
The Divisionist breakdown of light associated with that of form and a vocation for the representation of the movement and speed of modern life, tenets of Futurist poetics, projected Italian art into the center of the European artistic debate in those years. This confrontation between two generations led to the birth of modern painting in Italy