Thursday 1 January 1970

Art&Criticism with Michele Dantini

The Histories of Art return: a series of discussions of the history of contemporary art designed to investigate the past 50 years of Italian art together with its protagonists and the ideas that revolutionised the ways of making and observing art.

From January to May on the third Saturday of each month, gallery owners, curators and art critics will invite the general public to the MAXXI to learn about the neo-avant-gardes, conceptualism and Arte Povera, postmodernism and art in the 21st century.
The talks are not only lessons on contemporary art, but the stories of the leading figures of extraordinary exhibitions that defined the history of contemporary Italian art.

Last appointment
Saturday 18 May, 11.30 – 13.00
Art&Criticism with Michele Dantini
MAXXI Auditorium
tickets €4 – free* for holders of the my MAXXI card
(*based on availability of seating; tickets must be claimed no later than 11.15 on the day of the event)

The post-war history of Italian art is marked by the geo-political and cultural balancing acts of the Cold War and what we might call the “marketing of local identities’. How should we approach an illustrious tradition, our own, if we belong to a nation that suddenly finds itself marginalised? What is Italy’s role in the new world order?
And how can we restore cosmopolitan dialogues after decades of isolation? Far from being a mere “mirror” reflecting what happens, critical discourse plays a full part in the negotiations between artistic culture and political-economic communities. Critics and curators, from Argan to Brandi, from Villa to Arcangeli, from Pistoi to Fossati and Celant, mould collective fantasies and projects of identity to which the artists correspond (or attempt to evade) in the most diverse ways, with figured discourses and congenial techniques.