Cesare Zavattini and the Masters of the 20th Century

7 May-8 Sept. This exhibition pays homage to the famous writer and neorealistic movie playwright Cesare Zavattini (1902-1989), his great passion for paintings and his relationship to the world of art. On display are a series of 152 small sized paintings as well as a other documents and videos. From 1941 omwards Zavattini collected over 1,500 small canvases (8 x 10 cm), a selection of “minimal works”, which formed his personal collection, displayed in his Roman residence of Via S. Angela Merici. His interest for the brush has accompanied him throughout his 40-year long career. After deciding the dimensions of the works, Zavattini left the artists freedom in the choice of the materials, techniques and subjects, although he particularly appreciated self-portraits of Italian painters, such as the ones by Fontana, Burri, Balla, De Chirico, Savinio, Capogrossi, Severini, Rosai, Casorati, Sironi, Mafai, Soffici, De Pisis, Campigli, Afro, Consagra, Depero, Guttuso, Sassu, Dorazio, Manzù, Leoncillo, Melotti, Marini, Schifano, Vedova, Rotella, Festa, Turcato, Munari, Pistoletto, Plessi. In 1979 Zavattini had to sell his personal collection for economic reasons, but its nucleus of 152 self-portraits was recovered and acquired by Pinacoteca di Brera in 2008. In June Spazio Oberdan dedicates a review entirely dedicated to Zavattini and 15 of his most famous playwrights.

Tue-Sun 08.15-19.15.

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Address Sala XV. Pinacoteca di Brera, Via Brera 28, tel. 0272263257.

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Cesare Zavattini and the Masters of the 20th Century

Sala XV. Pinacoteca di Brera, Via Brera 28, tel. 0272263257.