Un mondo visivo nuovo. Origine, Balla, Kandinsky e le astrazioni degli anni ’50


The exhibition faces the core of the articulate Italian debate about the abstract art between the post-war period and the fifties, when that kind of language seems the most appropriate to probe and understand the nature of its time and get to the roots of the consciousness of making art . The principle and the functional severity of the form are the answer to the belief that pure and primary “images” as well as the “visual perception”are for the man of contemporary period the ideal instruments to undertake this exploration process.The exhibition’s theme is focused on the ” Origine Group”, formed by Mario Ballocco, Alberto Burri, Giuseppe Capogrossi and Ettore Colla in 1950. The experience of the “Origine Group” ended in April 1951 and the following year the “Origine Foundation ” was born, a centre of international reference aiming at deepening the issues and the dissemination of abstract art.

Chaired by an operating committee set up by Colla and the critic Emilio Villa, but also the young Piero Dorazio and Achille Perilli, belonging to Form 1 and the ‘Age d’ Or, and figures like Enrico Prampolini and Sebastian Matta, the Foundation will operate until 1958, involving, among others, several artists: Emilio Vedova, Atanasio Soldati, Afro, Antonio Sanfilippo, Carla Accardi, Pietro Consagra, Toti Scialoja, Giulio Turcato. Of primary importance have been the exhibitions about Balla, Leonardo da Vinci, the British artists like Ben Nicholson and works from the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation. The need to create a new visual world and find a code to voice the adventures of the human conscience during the reconstruction of a world destroyed by the World War, leads the artist of ” Origine” to look for their “fathers” among the protagonists of the Avant-garde: Kandinsky, Mondrian, Sonia Delaunay, Arp and Balla, but even among the contemporary artists like Max Bill, Hans Hartung and Corneille.