Impressionists. The dawn of modernity

  • When:   March 30, 2024 - July 28, 2024

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Impressionists. The dawn of modernity
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From March 30th to July 28th, 2024, the Historical Infantry Museum in Rome celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of Impressionism with the exhibition "Impressionists: The Dawn of Modernity." The exhibition documents the origins and legacy of the revolutionary movement born in the mid-19th century.

The exhibition is not just a series of paintings lined up one after the other but rather an organic collection of works aimed at documenting the emergence of the Impressionist revolution in Paris. It explores a timeframe from 1850 to 1915. Curated by Vincenzo Sanfo in collaboration with Vittorio Sgarbi, the exhibition aims to highlight the significant societal changes of the time, including the advent of industrialization, photography, cinema, electricity, the telephone, and early air travel, all showcased and proposed in the famous Parisian international exhibitions. These innovations undoubtedly contributed to changing society and consequently, the world of art.

The exhibition, a completely new endeavor for the city of Rome, features around 200 works, including paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculptures, ceramics, and engravings. These artworks document the artists who participated in the eight official "Impressionist" exhibitions, with particular attention to the techniques they experimented with and used.

Accompanying the artworks are documentary materials such as letters, photographs, books, clothing, and objects that offer insights into the society that emerged and flourished during the Impressionist movement.

The exhibition journey begins with the artists associated with the Barbizon School, who were the inspirational roots of the young Impressionists. It then progresses to the participants in the eight official Impressionist exhibitions, starting with the historic 1874 exhibition held in the studio of the photographer Nadar, which marked the movement's official entry into the art world.... read the rest of the article»

The exhibition features works by major figures such as Monet, Degas, Manet, Renoir, Cezanne, Gauguin, Pissarro, alongside significant supporting players like Bracquemond, Guillaumin, Forain, Desboutin, Lepic, and others who shared in the adventure of this new way of making art.

Perhaps the largest and most comprehensive exhibition on Impressionism ever to appear in Italy, both in terms of the quantity of works and the number of artists represented, it provides a unique opportunity to delve into a movement that shattered artistic and social conventions of the future world. The loans, coming from private collections, highlight a substratum far from ordinary, showcasing precious artifacts that are rarely made available to the public.

The exhibition aims to document the origins and history of the revolutionary artistic movement born in France in the mid-19th century and officially recognized as such on April 15, 1874, during the first Parisian exhibition organized in Nadar's studio.

The presence of some figures from Post-Impressionism documents the influence the movement had on the late 19th-century art world, emphasized by the presence of artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Permeke, Derain, Dufy, and Vlaminck, among others.

This exhibition offers a particular and unprecedented journey into a movement and the artists who contributed to one of the most extraordinary artistic revolutions in art history—a movement that paved the way for creative freedom for artists worldwide.

Scientific Committee: Gilles Chazal, former Director of the Musée du Petit Palais, Member of the École du Louvre | Vittorio Sgarbi, Art Historian, Director of the Mart in Rovereto | Vincenzo Sanfo, Curator of international exhibitions, Impressionism expert | Maithe Valles-Bled, former Director of the Musée de Chartres and the Musée Paul Valéry.

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Title: Impressionists. The dawn of modernity

Opening: March 30, 2024

Ending: July 28, 2024

Organization: Navigare srl

Curator: Vincenzo Sanfo con Vittorio Sgarbi

Place: Roma, Museo Storico della Fanteria

Address: Piazza di S. Croce in Gerusalemme, 9 - 00182 Roma

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 AM - 7:30 PM | Saturday and Sunday 9:30 AM - 8:30 PM

Ticket prices: €15.00 full price on weekends and holidays | €13.00 full price on weekdays | €10.00 reduced (available only at the ticket office): every day for youth up to 14 years old, journalists, university students, agreements | €8.00 groups of over 10 people | €16.00 open ticket includes skip-the-line entry | €5.00 schools | Free entry for children up to 5 years old

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