Special Display | Gallery 4
The Making of Modern Italy
Art and Design in the Early 1960s
30 January - 7 April 2019
During the early Sixties, Italy exploded onto the international stage, shedding its old image as a beautiful land with a glorious past but a lacklustre present. The new Italy was thoroughly modern: its economy was growing at an extraordinary rate thanks to its newfound industrial power, and large sectors of its population were on the move away from rural areas into its expanding cities. Italian architects, designers, filmmakers and artists were fêted, and the world seemed to fall under the spell of Italy. This small display focuses on the country’s new post-war identity, considering the role played by those artists and designers who worked across different disciplines, contributing to the fundamental transformation of Italian culture and its reception abroad.
This display is part of the AHRC-funded research grant project Interdisciplinary Italy: Interart/Intermedia 1900-2020
3 March 2021Join us for a free 30-minute online talk on Thursday 11 March at 18.00 with Exhibition Curator Gianni Franzone and Director Roberta Cremoncini to find out much more about MITA's interior design work during the inter-war years. bit.ly/3uGaFUg