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The heterogeneity of the artifacts preserved by the Fondazione Cirulli reveals the collector vision of the founders, who sought to retrace the spirit of 20th century Italy through an interchange between art and material culture.

Painting and Sculpture The Archive preserves paintings and sculptures by artists from the late nineteenth century to the first half of the twentieth century. Their languages range from Modernism to Futurism (Plinio Nomellini, Aroldo Bonzagni, Giacomo Balla, Osvaldo Licini), from Expressionism to Metaphysics (Aroldo Bonzagni, Ram, Gigiotti Zanini), from Novecento to Ritorno all’ordine (Mario Sironi, Achille Funi). Together, these artists contribute to multiple thematic areas of the collection. Among the sculptures, the collection includes works by Renato Bertelli, Ercole Drei, Giorgio Morigi, Giovanni Romagnoli, Ram and Thayaht.

 

 

Advertising and Graphic Design Sketches, packaging, magazines, and books trace the history of Italian advertising and graphic design, from the early twentieth century to the 1960s. The extensive poster collection includes works by leading Italian illustrators and graphic artists (Marcello Dudovich, Fortunato Depero, Gino Boccasile, Leonetto Cappiello, Bruno Munari, Erberto Carboni), often at work for major Italian companies (Alemagna, Motta , Barilla, Campari, Cisitalia, Fiat, Pirelli). The collection includes billboards printed on stone, following the old lithographic method, as well as posters made with the innovative technologies of offset printing, which contaminate different languages (photographic montage and typography). An important collection of posters comes from the Archivio Arti Grafiche Ricordi.

 

 

Photography Several collections of photographs, both artistic and documentary, illustrate Italy from the end of the nineteenth century to the 1970s. One can observe the evolution of landscape (Vittorio Sella, Gianni Berengo Gardin) and society (Arturo Ghergo, Filippo Masoero), the history of business and labor (Bruno Munari) and the protagonists of Italian cinema and the changes in the Italian lifestyle (Ugo Mulas, Pino Settanni).