From 2 February to 16 June 2013, at the Musei San Domenico di Forlì, The Boxer (1930) by the sculptor Francesco Messina, from the art collection of Eni, will be on show as part of the exhibition "Novecento - Arte e vita in Italia tra le due guerre" (Twentieth Century - Art and life in Italy between the wars).

Francesco Messina (b. Linguaglossa, 15 December, 1900 -  d. Milan, 13 September 1995) is regarded by critics as one of the greatest figurative sculptors of the twentieth century, along with Giacomo Manzù, Arturo Martini, Marino Marini and Felice Mina. He is the creator of some of the most important twentieth century Italian: St. Catherine of Siena, located on the Tiber at Castel Sant’Angelo, the Via Crucis of San Giovanni Rotondo, the Dying Horse of RAI and the Monument to Pope Pius XII in St. Peter’s Cathedral. His works can be found in many of the world’s most prestigious museums: Bern, Zurich, Gothenburg, Oslo, Munich, Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Venice, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vienna, Washington, Tokyo.

The exhibition at the Musei San Domenico evokes a climate that has seen not only architects, painters and sculptors, but also designers, graphic designers, advertisers, cabinetmakers, goldsmiths and fashion designers engage in a large-scale joint project that responds, through a thorough review of role of the artist, to the call for a so-called “return to order‘.

The exhibition presents the major themes addressed in the twenty-year period of Fascism by artists who adhered to the guidelines of the regime, participating in competitions and winning public commissions, and by those who spent the period in search of a new relationship between the demands of modernity and those of tradition, between art and the public.

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