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L’archivio animato. Lavori in corso  (ph: courtesy Fondazione Massimo e Sonia Cirulli)

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archivio animato. Lavori in corso(lit. Animated archive. Work in progress) is the new exhibition at the Fondazione Cirulli di San Lazzaro di Savena (Bologna) paying homage to the history and culture of the twentieth century.

Awaiting us in this historical building—a symbol of modern Italian architecture, designed and constructed in 1960 by Milanese architects and designers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Dino Gavina— is a true “laboratory” curated by Fondazione Cirulli with the advice and supervision of Jeffrey Schnapp. It recounts the short century through a thematic kaleidoscope in 19 sections. A true voyage that goes from figurative art to industrial design, advertising to cinema, photography to television, magazines to textiles.

It starts with the designer Schawinsky in the section “Fuori Serie”, where one enters in the heart of the twentieth-century through the explosive world of cars and aviation (in the “Canto dei motori”); then relive the grandeur of Bauhaus with “Omaggio al Bauhaus” or the myth of the master Bruno Munari in the section “Sempre Mu-Na-Ri”; make a toast to the twentieth century with original alcohol and aromatized wine advertisements in “Cin cin! Segni e sensi del bere”.

Naturally, it also includes an in-depth examination of the time through its new materials like plastic, its working conditions, its society and daily life, all of which are narrated through a rich collection of photographs, advertising campaign sketches, RAI graphic layouts and artwork by Boccioni, Ram, Carboni, Depero, Venturino Venturi and many others.

It is a dynamic exhibition, a place of experimentation among an archive and an exhibition, a still shot of the twentieth century that better explains to us the passage of the century of modernity and the birth of Italian creativity as we know it today.

Where: Fondazione Cirulli, via Emilia 275 San Lazzaro di Savena, Bologna, Italy

When: from 23 November 2019 to 17 May 2020


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