Like an Explosion - Nuclear Art at the Gallerie d’Italia

Like an Explosion - Nuclear Art at the Gallerie d’Italia
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“The Universe is dark - we hope, instead, that the infinite is blue, this cloudless sky of clear light, without end,” wrote Gianni Dova in the ‘50s. Following on the success of the theories of Einstein, science was offering a look at an invisible world comprised of subatomic particles, radiation and magnetic waves. Of course, art could hardly resist such charms - around Enrico Baj and Sergio Dangelo, the Nuclear Art Movement was formed, garnering international esteem from the likes of Arman and Yves Klein, overlapping with American Informalism and finding affinity with the Spatialism of Lucio Fontana. Dripping, enamel painting, tachisme, collage and frottage were the vehicles driving a leap into the void towards distant galaxies and molecular microcosms. The exploration of magmatic universes and aliens took shape in the form of the explosive energy of incandescent colours and lines that broke with all the “isms” of the past. “Upholsterers or painters - choose!” wrote the authors of the Nuclear Manifest - “Painters of an ever-new and unrepeatable split.” This summer, the Gallerie d’Italia of Piazza Scala make way for their adventure. Within the new exhibition of the Collezione del Novecento, a look at the hopes and hallucinations of a generation marked the trauma of atomic power but also attracted by the transformative power of an energy that changed the world forever.
Francesca Grego - © 2020 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano