20 June-2 September 2012. Forty years after the funerals of the anarchist Giuseppe Pinelli, Palazzo Reale displays a famous, controversial installation by the Italian artist Enrico Baj (1924-2003). This monumental civil work, which denounces a dramatic episode of the Italian history, is entitled The Funerals of the Anarchist Pinelli and was created by Baj in 1972.
This work consists of a large wooden panel, divided in 13 parts, which are similar to the pieces of a gigantic puzzle, divided in two groups: the growling militaries and the painful anarchists. At the centre is the figure of Giuseppe Pinelli, a fallen angel, surrounded by hands, which seem to push him in the void.
Pinelli (1928-1969) was an Italian railway worker and anarchist activist, who died in the custody of Italian police in 1969 after being arrested (after the terroristic bombings which killed 17 people and injured other 88 at Piazza Fontana in Milan on 12 December 1969. Inspired by Pablo Picasso’s Guernica (1937) and by The Funerals of the Anarchic Galli (1911) by Carrà, Baj tries to testify and share the emotions, disdain and pain caused by some violent facts, which have involved the entire civil society.