Ralph Rumney and the Situationist International

Ralph Rumney and the Situationist International
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English Artist Ralph Rumney represents a curious case in the collection of the Raccolta Boschi Di Stefano. The result of the happy collecting intuition of Mr. and Mrs. Boschi, the young protagonist of Lettrism and the Situationist International was at the centre of a lively moment in time, both creatively and intellectually. His brief, but intense presence in the fervent environs of Milan’s cultural scene, in the city that, as the artist himself stated “had the same attraction as New York at the time,” is one of the key themes of the exhibition. Following an itinerary that is simultaneously chronological and geographical, the exhibition retraces the activities of Rumney in Italy, starting with his first voyage to Trieste in 1955, where he exhibited for the first time. This is followed by the works created during his stay in Milan between 1956 and 1957. In the bars and clubs of Milan frequented by artists, such as the famed Bar Giamajca, Rumney met the major players of the artistic scene at the time, from Lucio Fontana to Enrico Baj. Books and magazines from those times add to the exhibition, offering important documentation about the artist and the movement of which he was a part.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano