Scultura Lingua Morta: Sculpture From Fascist Italy
29 May – 29 August 2003
Exhibition in Galleries 1, 2 and 3
The ventennio fascista (1922-42) is a deeply complex phenomenon, combining progressive innovation with conservative historicism, left-wing inspiration with right-wing methodology.
The twenty years of Italian Fascism saw considerable shifts in artistic as well as in wider political policy. Sculpture was no exception, and this exhibition, drawn entirely from collections in Italy, seeks to reflect that complex intermingling.
Many of the sculptors who began their careers during the Fascist period not only enjoyed its favours, but also flourished in the post-war years. The situation in Italy was sufficiently elastic to have encouraged diverse modes of production, so that, at least until the late 1930s, modernism was always an option, and sat alongside monumentality. This creative tension underpins the exhibition.
An audio recording of Sue Malvern's talk 'Sculpting socialism: Siegfried Charoux in Vienna and London' is available in the Henry Moore Institute Research Library.