The exhibition supported by the City of Milan Department of Culture, Museo del Novecento and Intesa Sanpaolo – Gallerie d’Italia, in collaboration with the publishing house Electa, is curated by Francesco Tedeschi and focuses on the way important Italian artists, through travels and direct contacts with the American world from the early decades of the 20th century to the Sixties, took part in the phenomenon of the gradual internationalization of the art world and the art market.
The exhibition itinerary, through about 150 works, is split between two complementary museum facilities.
In the spaces of the Museo del Novecento visitors can see the American imaginary, the intense relationship with the city of New York, as it was perceived by Italian artists, in works by Fortunato Depero, Giorgio De Chirico, Lucio Fontana, Corrado Cagli, Vinicio Paladini, Alberto Savinio, Pietro Consagra, Afro, Toti Scialoja, Tancredi, Giulio Turcato, Costantino Nivola, Gastone Novelli, Fausto Pirandello, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Paolo Baratella, Sergio Lombardo, Titina Maselli, Mimmo Rotella, Tano Festa, Emilio Isgrò.
A separate section contains the photographic work of Ugo Mulas in relation to New York and American artists.
At the Gallerie d’Italia on Piazza Scala, the museum facility of Intesa Sanpaolo in Milan, the show continues with a reconstruction of the relationships between Italian art and institutions, galleries and collectors in America.
Starting with the exhibition XX Century Italian Art held in 1949 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the exhibition covers masterpieces by Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, Carlo Carrà, Giorgio Morandi, Massimo Campigli, Marino Marini and Virgilio Guidi, and then continues with works from the 1950s and 1960s by Carla Accardi, Afro, Gianfranco Baruchello, Enrico Baj, Alberto Burri, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Alik Cavaliere, Ettore Colla, Pietro Consagra, Piero Dorazio, Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana, Pino Pascali, Achille Perilli, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Mimmo Rotella, Giuseppe Santomaso, Mario Schifano, Francesco Somaini, Toti Scialoja and Emilio Vedova.