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Exhibition in the Basilica Palladiana

"Ritratto di donna: il sogno degli anni Venti. Lo sguardo di Ubaldo Oppi", programmed from 6th December 2019 to 13th April 2020, it’s the exhibition promoted by the municipality of Vicenza in collaboration with CISA Andrea Palladio, the Municipal Theatre Foundation, Vicenza city and the Olympic Academy. This event will be the first of a long cycle of exhibitions in the Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza.


The exhibition "Portrait of a woman: the dream of the Twenties. The look of Ubaldo Oppi", curated by Stefania Portinari presents an original and unusual display model for the painter Ubaldo Oppi, (Bologna 1889 - Vicenza 1942), an absolute protagonist of cultural and social life of the Twenties, even if its name is not so well known to the general public. Raised in Vicenza but trained between Vienna, Paris and Venice, Oppi was discovered as an artist in Milan by Margherita Sarfatti and Ugo Ojetti who were promoting a new art at the time, under the banner of a 'modern classicism', which will also take shape in Magic Realism of which Oppi will become the most representative exponent.

But not only Ubaldo Oppi: Klimt, Picasso, Modigliani, Sironi and Casorati are other artists who came into contact with Oppi, whose works can be admired in an unprecedented narration of a controversial era, the 1920s, in which many changes contribute to the creation of modernity, through an evolution of social roles, taste and art. The main characters of these changes are women and, indeed, the whole exhibition is mainly dedicated to them.

In the Europe that emerged from the First World War, women were beginning to carve out a new role for themselves as they became increasingly independent, seductive and forward-looking. They wore their hair and skirts shorter, while exerting a growing influence in society and culture. Coco Chanel changed the fashion world, Amelia Earhart flew across the Atlantic, and Josephine Baker mesmerised Parisian audiences with her dancing.

In Italy, too, a fresh wind had risen, and a new kind of woman, so different from her pre-war counterpart, was magnetically portrayed by the painter Ubaldo Oppi. Having grown up in Vicenza, he trained in Vienna, Paris and Venice, before becaming an adoptive Milanese after being ‘discovered’ by art critics Margherita Sarfatti and Ugo Ojetti, who were seeking an ‘Italian style’ in art. But Oppi was not the only painter to portray the ‘new woman’. She also appeared in the paintings of Felice Casorati, Mario Sironi, Mario Cavalieri and Piero Marussig. Dominant figures of their age, the new women also featured in the gossip columns. They evoked a myth, that of the femme fatale and, as powerful as Amazons, they were muses portrayed in a spell-bindingly suspended world, immortalised through the pictorial values of a beguiling classicism.


More information about the exhibition: https://www.mostreinbasilica.it/ritratto_di_donna
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