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Casabianca Museum

the visit

Walking through the halls you recreate the full picture of the development of the avant-garde art from the '60s to the '90s in Italy and abroad, through a corpus of work called the most extensive collection of graphics in an Italian museum. The amount of present works and the number of represented artists and currents, as well as timely and effective information are astonishing.

It starts with works dating in the late '50s and early '60s, related to the latest developments of the informal, semiotic and material (Capogrossi, Turcato, Burri, Fontana), the research on surface/texture, either on a more pictorial side (Manzoni, Castellani, Accardi) or of the neo-structuralist or optical type (Morellet, Alviani, Uecker, Vigo, G.Colombo), up until the decidedly optical or kinetic expressions (De Marco, Vasarely, Le Parc).

Some of these works and some of these authors (primarily Manzoni and Klein) introduce the complexity of the intricate developments of the '60s. Those years mark the beginning of that great overall effort of critical reading of the so-called "folk art" material, the pop-art, the language of mass media, which will affect, albeit in different measures, the European and American art, along with a new interest in collage, assemblage, and an overall revitalization of the Neo-Dada themes and modes of expression.

Precisely that moment is one of the best documented by Casabianca, with works of the initiators of the pop climate (Johns, Rauschenberg, Dine, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Oldenburg, Rosenquist, Indiana, Segal, D'Arcangelo among the Americans; Hamilton, Tilson, Hockney and Jones among the British) with works of the artists belonging to the current of the New Realism (Klein, Christo, Rotella, Arman, Hains, Bertini, etc.) and of the Italian artists of the '60s, who developed in that climate (Angeli, Schifano, Festa, Ceroli, Plessi, Vedova, Gilardi, etc.).

At the same time, the research on primary forms and on radical American abstract art is documented (Sol LeWitt, Morris, Ryman, Mangold on the one hand, and authors such as Stella, Marden and Tuttle on the other hand), which represented most rational and rigorous side of the artistic climate in the mid-'60s (with authors of various nationalities, such as Ben Vautier, Gilbert & George, Brecht, Chiari, Filliou); we finally approach the movements, which rose around 1968 in Europe and in America, of which we just mention the most important notions: the Poor Art (Anselmo, Penone, Zorio, Merz, Kounellis, Paolini, Fabro, Boetti, Calzolari, Pistoletto and artists of the opposite side, although their contemporaries, such as Piacentino and Nespolo); the Conceptual Art (Kosuth, Art Language, Venet ); the Land Art and the Earth Art and other post-minimalist expressions, typically American and Anglo-Saxon (Oppenheim, Kaltenbach, Hesse, Nauman among the Americans, Fulton and Long among the English).
A large section is devoted to research, which used photography as a preferential mean over a period of time, from Mec Art to Narrative Art (Askevold, Beckley, Cumming, Hutchinson, Le Gac, Welch), through all analytic, descriptive or behavioural inquiries, which massively characterized the '70s (Parmiggiani, Patella, Vaccari, Ontani, Pisani, Zaza, Luthi, Wegman, Baldessarri), with a strong presence of the Fluxus group (Knizak, Higgins, Petterson) and the Viennese Actionism (Nitsch, Brus, Vostell, Muehl), as well as Beuys, the most complete artist of the second half of the twentieth century.

There is also a wide review of the Visual Poetry (Sarenco, De Vree, Isgrò, Damen, Miccini, Carrega) and a section dedicated to Architecture and Design (Rossi, Mendini, Graves, Cantafora), followed by the movements of the Italian and foreign Transavantgarde (Paladino, Chia, Clemente, Fetting, Penck, Baechler), with the American graffitti (Toxic, Chalfant, A-One), and the experiments of the '90s (Cattelan, Arienti, Kaufmann, Galliani, Pusole, Nunzio, Mainolfi, Riello), which enables the Museum to present assumptions concerning the future along with the certainties of the past.

One of the rooms of the museum is dedicated to the literary production of the writer from Malo, Luigi Meneghello, with a large collection of works, writings and studies published in various editions.

Visits to the Museum are hosted by the collector himself or by a cultural worker.


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