Milan exhibition explores fascist-era art

18 Feb-25 June. Post Zang Tumb Tuum. Art, life and politics in Italy 1918-1943.

The mysteriously-titled exhibition Post Zang Tumb Tuum at Milan’s Fondazione Prada offers a fascinating review of the world of art and culture in Italy in the interwar years.

Based on documentary and photographic evidence of the time, it reconstructs the spatial, temporal, social and political contexts in which the works of art were created and exhibited, and the way in which they were interpreted and received by the public of the time.

Archives, foundations, museums, libraries and private collections have lent more than 600 paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, posters, pieces of furniture, and architectural plans and models created by over 100 authors.

The objects are displayed with period images, original publications, letters, magazines, press clippings, and private photographs, for a total of 800 documents.

At the Fondazione’s Cinema 29 integral newsreels, selected in collaboration with Istituto Luce – Cinecittà, distributed in Italian cinemas between 1929 and 1941. The footage documents the different install and opening phases of some of the most important exhibitions and cultural events of those times.

The title of the exhibit is a reference to a poem by Italian futurist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, published between 1912 and 1914 and describing the battle of Andrianople.

Entry to the Fondazione, at Largo Isarco 2 near the M3 Lodi metro station, costs €10; under-18s, over-65s and disabled enter free.  Opening hours and further information on the Fondazione website.