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Theatre and painting at Mart Rovereto

  • 06

    February 2010
  • 23

    May 2010
Mart Rovereto  

On February 6 at the Mart, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Guy Cogeval and Beatrice Avanzi will present an exhibition entitled From Stage to Painting: The Magic of Theater in 19th-Century Painting, from David to Delacroix and Fuseli to Degas.


The project has been realized with special support from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and through a successful collaboration between the Mart and two major international institutions, the Musée Cantini in Marseille and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.


The distinguishing feature of this exhibition is to be found in its novel interpretation of the route that painting took in its evolution towards modernity. The show illuminates the continuous dialogue between theater and painting, guiding the visitor from the end of the 18th century to the dawn of the 20th century. With this project, the Mart expands on the themes at the center of one of its previous exhibitions, La Danza delle Avanguardie (December 2005 - May 2006). That show, well-received by critics and audiences alike, explored the fields of theater, dance and painting through 1900.


This new exhibition provides a unique opportunity to admire, for the first time in Italy, a number of masterworks by some of the finest 19th-century European painters, including Jacques-Louis David, Eugène Delacroix, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Edgar Degas - all of whom were fascinated by the magic of theater.


On display are roughly 200 works - including paintings, drawings and set models - drawn from public and private collections around the world. These include the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, the Kunsthaus Zurich, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.



(picture: Edgar Degas, L'orchestre de l'Opéra, 1870, Musée d'Orsay, Paris)




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