26 September 2018

Licini is there, too, in two exhibitions dedicated to Margherita Sarfatti

Margherita Sarfatti.
Segni, colori e luci a Milano
curated by Anna Maria Montaldo and Danka Giacon
with the collaboration of Antonello Negri
Museo del Novecento, Milan
21 September 2018 – 24 February 2019


Margherita Sarfatti.
Il Novecento Italiano nel mondo
curated by Daniela Ferrari
Mart – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto -, Rovereto
22 September 2018 – 24 February 2019


The two exhibitions are part of a project devoted to Margherita Sarfatti, an important figure in twentieth-century culture who promoted the artistic movement Novecento Italiano.
Both shows display the works of numerous artists, including Osvaldo Licini, who, although he never joined Novecento Italiano, participated in a few exhibitions that can be linked to the movement.

There are two works by the artist in the exhibition at the Museo del Novecento in Milan: a Marina and Nella (figura).
It only recently became possible to establish that the seascape is one of the three works by Licini that were displayed in the I mostra del Novecento italiano held at the Permanente di Milano in 1926.
Nella (figura) was instead displayed in the exhibition ‘Novecento italiano’ Nutida italiensk konst held in Stockholm in 1931. The work, reproduced in the exhibition catalogue of 1931, differed some from its current state. It is therefore probable that Licini reworked the 1926 painting after 1931.

In the exhibition at the Mart in Rovereto, Licini is instead represented by the Natura morta con arancia from 1926, a painting that was displayed in Amsterdam in 1927 in the Exhibition of Italian art in the Netherlands presented by Enrico Morpurgo.


Lorenzo Licini