Wildt's mask of Mussolini on display.
27 Nov-14 Feb. Milan-born sculptor Adolfo Wildt is the subject of an exhibition of 55 works in plaster, marble and bronze, the most significant of his sculptural works, at Milan’s Gallery of Modern Art.
Wildt (1868-1931), despite his appreciation by critics and art historians, is not widely known to the public. He is arguably best remembered for his bust of Mussolini which adorned the fascist headquarters in Milan. It was demolished in April 1945 during the liberation of the city, but one of several preparatory drafts – this one in the form of a mask – is held in the Gallery of Modern Art.
The sculptures are accompanied by a series of original drawings and a number of works for comparison: Canova’s Vestale, as well as works by Fausto Melotti, Lucio Fontana and Arrigo Minerbi.
The exhibition is the pivotal element in a wider historical and artistic programme engaging the city of Milan, designed to draw attention to all the traces of Wildt’s still extant work. The programme includes a specific itinerary through the city, featuring guided visits organised in collaboration with Touring Club Italiano, as well as opportunities to learn more organised in cooperation with FAI, the Italian National Trust.