BOOM: Art and Industry in 1960s Italy

25 Apr 2018 – 16 Jun 2018

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Monday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Tornabuoni Art London

London, United Kingdom


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The Italian post-war cultural scene was the setting for new artistic movements and radical experimentation, particularly in Milan, Rome and Turin. From cinema to fine arts and design, architecture and industry, this period is marked by a rebirth of cultural and economic production known as 'il boom'


Tornabuoni Art London is launching its new curatorial fellowship. Every year, a curator will be given the keys to the gallery’s collection, in order to find new threads connecting Tornabuoni’s over 5000 artworks. Dr Flavia Frigeri, Teaching Fellow at UCL and co-curator of The World Goes Pop exhibition at Tate Modern in 2015, is the first recipient of the fellowship.

Taking as a starting point Vittorio De Sica’s 1963 film Il boom, Flavia Frigeri’s exhibition explores the relationship between post-war Italian art and the economic miracle in the 1960s. The show focuses on how artists envisioned, represented and reacted to the boom, through the works of Carla Accardi, Franco Angeli, Mariana Apollonio, Alighiero Boetti, Alberto Burri, Mario Ceroli, Gianni Colombo, Dadamaino, Tano Festa, Lucio Fontana, Piero Gilardi, Pino Pascali, Francesco Lo Savio, Sergio Lombardo, Mimmo Rotella and Mario Schifano. In order to highlight the link between art and industry, iconic design objects such as the Olivetti Valentine typewriter designed by Ettore Sottsass will also be on display. 

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Flavia Frigeri

Exhibiting artists

Carla Accardi

Alighiero Boetti

Alberto Burri

Franco Angeli

Mariana Apollonio

Gianni Colombo


Mario Schifano

Piero Gilardi

Mario Ceroli

Sergio Lombardo

Lucio Fontana

Francesco Lo Savio

Pino Pascali

Tano Festa

Mimmo Rotella


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