Three exhibitions on Depero were inaugurated in Trentino within a month
“Omaggio a Depero dalla sua valle” (Tribute to Depero from his valley)
curated by Marcello Nebl & Maurizio Scudiero
at Palazzo Assessorile di Cles, Val di Non
from September 25th, 2021 to February 13th, 2022
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 – 12.00 / 14.30 – 18.00Closed on Mondays except November 1st; extraordinary closures 25th of December 2021 and 1st January 2022
This is a vast anthology that covers the entire life and art of Depero in a path that winds along the three floors of the Renaissance Palazzo Assessorile in the center of the Val di Non.On display are paintings, tapestries, collages, drawings, posters and many original documents.
Loans from institutions and individuals, not to forget the significant contribution of works from Campari.
“The exhibition tells the artist’s bond with the Val di Non through two different levels that run parallel. The richest section of the exhibition, in which documentary sources dialogue with sketches, collages, drawings and tapestries, it is related to the twenties with a bursting one advertising activity: poster studies for Campari, Cicli Legnano, Strega, Cioccolato Fago, the covers of the Illustrated Magazine of the People of Italy from 1925 to 1928 and the famous Futurist Depero 1913-1927, better known as the Bolted Book, designed to celebrate fifteen years of activity artistic in Futurism, with an original binding created by his friend and editor Fedele Azari.
In the Thirties there is what Maurizio Scudiero calls the ‘return to concreteness’: New York, with its skyscrapers and busy streets, but also with its poorly concealed poverty, showed a different face than the modernity that the Italian futurists had always imagined. . Returning to Rovereto, Depero finds contact with the reality of his origins, with the values of the land and of the family: he returns to painting, gradually changing the themes and passing from the lights of the metropolis to the mountain villages, from underground tramways to stories of peasant life. The latest advertising graphics are combined with large alpine-themed oils on canvas, such as Animals from the courtyard of 1936 and Elasticity of cats of 1939.The exhibition ends with Depero’s last manner, from the postwar period to his death in 1960; a path crossed by difficulties and bitterness, as in the second unfortunate American adventure, and compensated by a desire for redemption, with the efforts to create his own museum and with the latest graphic and pictorial masterpieces that testify the resistant expressive force of an artist who has constantly intended to bring art into everyday life, influencing the painting, design and graphics of our time”.
(from Vittorio Sgarbi’s comment in the Rovereto exhibitions catalogues).