D’Annunzio e la Cina

25 May 2024 – 6 Jan 2025

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10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

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The exhibition D'ANNUNZIO E LA CINA realized in the spaces of the Vittoriale degli Italiani represents for us a polyphonic journey between East and West.


Beginning in the 18th century, the aesthetic contamination that Europe had decided to achieve developed in increasingly articulated and suggestive forms. Within the important European aristocratic residences, there could be no lack of spaces devoted to the taste of the Orient, to the aesthetic pleasure felt in front of Chinese works of art: paintings on paper, silk, vases and sculptures. In some cases the valuable works made on paper or silk from China were directly reassembled within the spaces of villas and palaces, which in this way, with great pride could display Chinese-style spaces often characterized by authentic porcelain. 

The efforts of artists and artisans were also lavished on the creation of paintings, sculptures and architecture inspired by the Chinese style: from the Porcelain Sitting Room of the Reggia di Portici (reconstructed in Naples at the Museo di Capodimonte), to the German Chinesische Haus of the Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, skilled craftsmen engaged in the creation of fascinating spaces inspired by the Orient competed throughout Europe, from north to south.

All this, as we well know, found a very fertile formal renewal beginning in the mid-19th century, culminating at the end of the same with the "new" forms of Art Nouveau, which from England to Sicily, won everyone's eyes.

The exhibition entitled D'ANNUNZIO E LA CINA, hosted within the museum spaces of the Vittoriale degli Italiani, reconstructs distant suggestions, paths of style and life that move from the East to the West through a polyphonic dialogue born from the voices of some contemporary Chinese and Italian artists. The magical abode of Gabriele d'Annunzio, an inextricable labyrinth of style, art and life, capable of refined synaesthesia, a universe of objects that hold the memory of time, is a space in which precious ancient artistic testimonies, linked to the East, live. Numerous textiles, ceramics, porcelain, bronzes, jades, wood carvings and furniture from China characterize the different rooms of the grand mansion. The exoticism that we can taste within the spaces of the Vittoriale degli Italiani is not only the one suggested by the antique objects, but it is also in the architecture of some rooms that strongly experience the contamination with Chinese thought and aesthetics, which Art Deco has never forgotten (the Cheli room together with the spaces of the Museum of d'Annunzio Hero, with their shapes and colors are an eloquent example).

The dialogue with the East present within the exhibition D'ANNUNZIO E LA CINA, wanted to find in the forms of contemporary art, a way and a valuable bridge between cultures: the Chinese artists we chose wanted to present very different works, made with heterogeneous techniques (drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos). With great emotion, from afar, they approached the complex world of d'Annunzio, reading its multiple stimuli, suggestions, inventions, delicate poetry, and in the works they produced, they investigated the theme of the figure, the body, nature, history, in a reinvented relationship with the great Italian poet.


Emanuele Gregolin

Pengpeng Wang

Pengpeng Wang

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Bao Fusheng

Rosita Taurone

Pier Tancredi De-Coll’


Maurizio Pometti

Massimo Orsini

Marco Raffaele

Marco Biagioni

Giuliano Cataldo Giancotti

Giuliana Storino

Andrea Bertoletti

Zhang Wenzheng

Zhang Hehong

Yu Andong

Xu Bangte

Wu Xunmu

Wang Nanhao

Sun Yue

Shen Jingdong

Ren Rong

Ou Wenting

Lin Fangsuo

Li Yuqin

Li Yaohua

Jiang Yongyan

Huang Ting

Gui Ming

Geng Xue

Fei Jun

Duan Dayong


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