Room 24. The post-Second World War period in Italy

The strong creative impulse that characterises the years following the Second World War finds expression in Italy in the lively confrontation between two dominant and conflicting trends: on the one hand, a return to the realistic representation of the subject, often accompanied by the intention to protest, as represented here by Ennio Morlotti, and on the other, an openness to abstract languages, often combined with experimentation with new materials as alternatives to traditional ones; Alberto Burri and Lucio Fontana are among the key figures in this area. Of the same period but removed from these tendencies is Mario Mafai, whose formation was influenced by the Roman School and who was faithful to research linked to figuration, at times veined with dark tones, and in other moments portraying everyday life in poetic ramblings.