The incursion of the contemporary
The Mart's main masterpieces are displayed in The Collections, a new chronological and thematic exhibition
From 5 December 2015
Curated by Daniela Ferrari and Denis Isaia
With the presentation of The Collections, the Mart explores over a century of history of Italian and international art. The greatest masterpieces of the museum collections are shown in a display that is strongly coherent with the architecture of Mario Botta. The Mart confirms itself as a great educational machine, whose strengths are the dialogue with the general public and the quality of its cultural offerings. The Mart’s collection, built up over the years thanks to a far-sighted policy of acquisitions, loans and donations, today comprises approximately 20,000 works. The new layout offers an art-historical itinerary set out chronologically with thematic diversions stressing the great continuity between trends, schools and the currents that have characterised the history of art since the end of the 19th century.
The Mart invites visitors to learn about the perimeters of art and go beyond them through the 20th century and its movements, and on to the experimentation of the present scene and the new media. The display project, which will be permanent, with regular changes, additions and rotations, is divided into two sections: The invention of the modern and The incursion of the contemporary.
On the second floor, The incursion of the contemporary is characterised by the breaking down of conceptual, physical and geographical limits to art. From the studies of matter and spatial limitations, and on paint itself by Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana, Afro Basaldella and the early conceptualism of Piero Manzoni, we move on to the American approach to Pop art. This is followed by the work of Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman and the Italian responses of Mario Merz, Giovanni Anselmo and Gilberto Zorio, which are in turn followed by the eclectic research into images of Luigi Ontani and the Transavanguardia. We thus arrive at the present day, with works by new generations of artists in the in progress section of the Mart’s Collections’ new layout.