Marking the centenary of the birth of Renato Guttuso, Eni is a partner of the exhibition dedicated to the artist to be held at the Complesso del Vittoriano, from 9 October 2012 to 3 February 2013.
One hundred paintings, chosen to represent the entire creative arc of the Sicilian master’s artistic output, document the various expressive phases of his life and constitute the first major retrospective exhibition to be organised in Rome.
For more than fifty years Guttuso was an extraordinary witness of his time, able to represent in his work, as well as in his writings, the human condition with all its sufferings, myths, passions, both private and political.
By retracing his creative arc, documenting the different artistic movements in which he was an actively engaged and often controversial protagonist in heated debates that habitually fired him, visitors will have an opportunity to interact with an artist who had a clear idea of the function of art in society, a concept that for him extended also outside of the studio.
“If I could, for the attention of God Almighty, choose a moment in history and a job,‘ he wrote, “this is the time and the profession of a painter I would choose.‘
To understand Guttuso it is not enough to see his works (some of which have become genuine icons of European art), but it is essential to understand his extraordinary ability to forge links with other artists, also those working in different disciplines.
Writers like Moravia, Sciascia, sculptors such as Moore, Manzù, who produced a monument for the tomb where he was buried. Musicians like Nono, poets such as Pasolini, Montale, Neruda, film directors such as Visconti, De Sica, artists such as Picasso, Sutherland, all had relations with him and engaged in fruitful artistic collaborations from which originated illustrations for books, sets, and associations that sometimes developed into artistic movements.
And this is one of the main aspects that the exhibition examines more closely, with the help of the Archivi Guttuso that has provided valuable documentary material, much of it unpublished.
In addition to the anthology of paintings, the exhibition, consists of two sections: one dedicated to design, an activity in which Guttuso, since the thirties, was considered a master, and the other to musical theatre, featuring drafts and sketches by the artist, accompanied by stills and posters.
Curators: Fabio Carapezza Guttuso, President of the Archivi Guttuso, Enrico Crispolti, Emeritus Professor of the History of Contemporary Art at the University of Siena.