22.02.2014 - 21.06.2014
Vilhelm Hammershøi: Interiør med siddende kvinde, 1908. Oil on Canvas.
Rovigo's Palazzo Roverella hosts "Nordic Obsessions: Böcklin, Klimt, Munch and Italian Painting" until June 21st.
A group of works essential to documenting Nordic tendencies – those seen in the first Biennales of Venice in the late 1800s - have been chosen for the exposition; they are the Scandinavian, Baltic, Scottish and German pieces that during the epoch introduced new styles and concepts.
The retrospective traces the Nordic painters, the foremost exponents of whom were Boecklin, Hodler, Klimt, Klinger, von Stuck, Khnopff, and the Scandinavians from various movements, such as Zorn, Larsson and even Munch. Not only, but it sheds a bright light on their influence on the Italians, who found themselves embracing such influence with talent and conviction.
The exhibit begins with a narration of the first Biennales and moves on to its evolution and the Nordic art history that followed: art pompier or "Fireman Art," Symbolism's triumph, the Secession styles of Munich, Vienna and Darmstadt, and, finally, the effects on Italian art, particularly in the border regions of Trentino and Friuli, where artists expressed their political involvement through their own unique cultural mediation.
Divided into seven sections, the exhibit also looks at German culture's Swiss moment (through Boecklin and Hodler), as well as at the Viennese and German painters (Klimt, Klinger and von Stuck) that touched on mythology and evoked interpretations dense with symbolism. Meanwhile, the underlying current transmitted to the viewer is that of the Mitteleuropean Belle Epoque life and soul.
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