THE VENICE BIENNALE

AND THE SECESSIONISTS OF CA' PESARO


17.00 (BST) / 12.00 (EDT)
MONDAY 16 OCTOBER 2023

Dr. Stefano Bosi, secretary and spokesman of the Archive of Secessions - Venice Biennale and Ca' Pesaro, will present the newly created archive dedicated to the documentation and the study of the Secessionist movement in Italy at the beginning of the 20th century.

Dr Bosi will discuss how the Ca' Pesaro palace became an antagonist alternative to the Biennale of Venice (established in 1895), when Countess Felicita Bevilacqua La Masa donated it to the City of Venice in 1898 so the young artists "often barred from entering major exhibitions" could find a place to produce and exhibit their works.

In 1902 Ca' Pesaro became the home of the Modern Art Gallery of Venice and when the 22-year-old Nino Barbantini took over as its director in 1907, the Museum began to fully perform the function of supporting new trends envisaged by Countess Felicita's will, offering itself as an artistic workshop dedicated to young people, especially those not accepted by the Biennale.

Introduced by Alexandra Toscano, who is on the Advisory board of London Art Week and a Trustee of the Friends of the Bargello, this talk will present driving figures of the movement, such as Gino Rossi and Arturo Martini, and other artists that formed the group known as 'i ribelli di Ca' Pesaro'.

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Stefano Bosi, Ph.D. Art Historian

Stefano Bosi is a freelance art historian and specialist in 19th and 20th century Italian art. His studies concern the artist movements of the period (Macchiaioli, Divisionism, Symbolism, Italian Secessions, Futurism, Metaphysics and Art of the First and Second World War) and the personalities who were part of them (Giacomo Balla, Umberto Boccioni, Giovanni Boldini, Giorgio De Chirico, Giovanni Fattori, Francesco Hayez, Antonio Mancini, Angelo Morbelli, Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo, Giovanni Segantini). He has recently deepened his study of the relationship between art and fashion in the 20th and 21st centuries. He regularly contributes to the organisation of public exhibitions and the publication of art catalogues, including Canova e Thorvaldsen. La nascita della scultura moderna (Gallerie d'Italia, Milan); En passant. Impressionism in sculpture (Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main); Ulisse. Arte e Mito (Musei San Domenico, Forlì); Dante. La visione dell'arte (Musei San Domenico, Forlì), L'arte della moda. L'età dei sogni e delle rivoluzioni (1789-1969) (Musei San Domenico, Forlì), and, lastly, Hayez e l'officina del pittore romantico (Galleria d'arte moderna e contemporanea, Turin). He also collaborates regularly in cataloguing both public and private art collections.

Alexandra Toscano, London Art Week & Friends of the Bargello

Alex Toscano was a former director of Trinity Fine Art where she worked for over 30 years, and has served on the committees of the Society of London Art Dealers and Master Drawings in London. A former Vice Chair of London Art Week she is now part of their Advisory board. She is currently a Trustee of the Friends of the Bargello for whom she also undertakes the role of Administrative Development.


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