Between the 1920s and 1930s of the past century the Deco taste developed especially in Italy. It was eclectic, sumptuous, glamorous and soon it became synonymous of élite, vanity and embodied the modern middle class. It is important to mention its deep link with Liberty and Futurism, both at its origin, the first for the flexuosity of the drawing, the second for exalting the modernity, but equally overtaken for a new aesthetic trend. The myth of nature was substituted by the machine, the symmetries became geometries, the high quality handicraft made the way for the industrial production showing new shapes and materials.
It was the Paris Expo of 1925 devoted to the “Arts Décoratifs” to officially establish the term Art Déco, to ratify the models and proclaim first undisputed protagonists Gio Ponti and Francesco Nonni. A certain interest in new esthetic trends emerged in the Biennial exhibitions in Monza, but the Paris exposition offered a wide European vision which lasted for all the 1930s. It was a crowning moment involving and subverting the decorative arts in different fields, above all the ceramic production. The new taste expressed various esthetical and exotic features in the architectural decorations and in the proto-design that characterized theatres, ocean liners, railway stations, cinema interiors and middle class private houses.
The exhibition arranged at the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza is part of the ambitious project Art Déco. The Roaring Twenties in Italy of the “Musei di San Domenico” in Forlì. In this seat the different forms of art such as furniture, ceramics, glasses, metals, jewels, dresses, paintings, sculptures and plaster works will offer an overview, as complete as possible, of this eclectic taste through Italian, European and American works, from the first years of the post Great War to 1929, year of the worldwide economic depression. In the museum of Faenza the focus will be on local leading artists, but internationally outstanding such as Domenico Rambelli, Francesco Nonni, Pietro Melandri, Riccardo Gatti, Giovanni Guerrini, just to make some well-known examples, in a widest period of activity: from 1920 to 1935. Ceramics will be the protagonist but each author will be presented also through other peculiar forms of art: posters, glasses and metals by Guerrini; xilographies by Nonni; furniture by Berdondini and Golfieri. Relevant national comparisons will be carried on thanks to the outstanding works by Gio Ponti and Giovanni Gariboldi for the Richard Ginori, beside the Lenci and Rometti manufactures. The international background will be represented by the German ceramics of the Weimar republic, by French and Belgian manufactures. The expositive project aims to illustrate an international story inside an international seat, the MIC, to show the charming and unique taste of an Epoch.
18th February - 1st October 2017,MIC Faenza, viale Baccarini 19, Faenza (RA), Italy