April 10 | September 12, 2020
Dellupi Arte is pleased to announce the online exhibition “Post-War Masterpieces”, an exclusive online show on Artsy, Artnet and on social media platforms.
“Post-War Masterpieces” includes a selection of masterpieces of abstract painting, mostly executed in the 1950s and 1960s, by pivotal international artists of the second half of the 20th Century.
Conceived as a journey into the vital language of sign and gesture, the exhibition presents works on canvas by key figures of Post-War abstract art tendencies – Abstract Expressionism, Lyrical Abstraction and Art Informel – revealing hidden correspondences and visual affinities in artists of different expressive results.
The lyrical power of “T1963-E49”, 1963, by Hans Hartung (1904 -1989) is freely associated with the pictorial marks of “Opus 35 G”, 1964, by Gérard Schneider (1896-1986); the explosion of colours in “Composition”, 1959, by Georges Mathieu (1921-2012) – father of the gestural abstraction – remind us of the vibrant surface of “Soleil”, 1963, and the precious “Untitled”, 1958, by Toshimitsu Imaï (1928-2002); the colourful language of Karel Appel (1921- 2006), “Nurse”, 1950, dialogues with a 1955 oil on canvas by Asger Jorn (1914-1973); while the large colour drippings “Phenomena of Octane”, 1959, and “Phenomena Head of Astral Harold”, 1968, by Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) – one the most relevant American abstract painters – are exhibited with “Libre à moi même”, 1967, by Roberto Matta (1911-2002), who translated European Surrealism to a personal vocabulary. Pioneers of the abstract language, these artists have been influential figures of the Post-War art world, deeply influencing generations of younger artists.
A section of this project is devoted to two protagonists of Italian Post-War art scene, represented by two beautiful “personaggi” by Enrico Baj (1924-2003) – the elaborated assemblage “Il conte Suwarow Rymnisky col suo aiutante di campo durante la campagna di Russia”, 1965, and the seminal painting “Petit enfant”, 1957 – together with a refined work by Pinot Gallizio (1902-1964).
An imposing painting of monumental dimensions – 208 by 730 cm – executed by Iaroslav Serpan (1922-1976) in 1954 has a crucial role in this show. This rare and impressive work embodies Serpan’s pictorial style inspired to calligraphic signs and organic forms.
The project also includes “Tegla-Hat”, 1972, by Victor Vasarely (1906-1997), a magnificent example of Optical Art, and a “bottle crash” executed by Shōzō Shimamoto (1928-2013) in 1991.