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Fantastico! is an introduction to the mysterious world of magic realism

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From 10 May to 19 August 2018, the Ateneum art museum hosts the exhibition Fantastico! Italian Art from the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibition explores an artistic movement known as magic realism, which emerged in Italy at the end of the First World War. The exhibition features masterpieces by artists such as Giorgio de Chirico, Carlo Carrà, Felice Casorati, Antonio Donghi and Cagnaccio di San Pietro. The works are drawn from esteemed public and private collections in Italy and elsewhere in Europe.

Cesare Sofianopulo: Masks (1930). Museo Revoltella – Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Trieste. © Archivio Fotografico del Museo Revoltella. Photo: Nicola Eccher.
Cesare Sofianopulo: Masks (1930). Museo Revoltella – Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Trieste. © Archivio Fotografico del Museo Revoltella. Photo: Nicola Eccher.

Works in the exhibition reveal the magic of the everyday

The art of magic realists is simultaneously realistic and far removed from reality. The works show us the world as it manifests itself, while at the same time superimposing new, dreamlike layers on it. Many of the works are like still images from a film. We can imagine what has happened a moment ago and what will happen next, as the scene unfolds. The magic realism movement is part of a wider interwar wave of realist and classicist modernism both in Europe and beyond.

The key artists featured in the exhibition are Felice Casorati, Antonio Donghi, Cagnaccio di San Pietro, Gino Severini, Ubaldo Oppi, Achille Funi and Carlo Levi. The works included in the exhibition by Giorgio de Chirico and Carlo Carrà will display the basic tenets of magic realism. Works by artists who are lesser known outside Italy, such as Mario and Edita Broglio, Gian Emilio Malerba, Carlo Sbisà, Gregorio Sciltian, and Cesare Sofianopulo, will demonstrate the diversity of the movement. The exhibition has been curated by the director of the Foundation for the Municipal Museums of Venice ("Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia"), Gabriella Belli; Professor Valerio Terraroli from the University of Verona;and the chief curator at the Ateneum Art Museum, Teijamari Jyrkkiö, in collaboration with 24ORE Cultura.

The Fantastico! exhibition features a total of 119 works by 33 artists. In the tranquil surroundings of the light-coloured exhibition halls, the powerful, large-scale works will receive the attention they deserve. Attached to the exhibition is the Piazza space, which exudes an Italian atmosphere and which is designed by the interior architect Eliisa Korpijärvi.

Works exhibited by modernist realists and classicists from the Ateneum collection

The exhibition also presents works in the Ateneum collection by artists who represent the realist and classicist modernism of the 1920s and 1930s, such as Ragnar Ekelund, Greta Hällfors-Sipilä, Olli Miettinen, Yrjö Ollila, Martti Ranttila, Juho Salminen and Ilmari Vuori. Furthermore, the exhibition presents Italian prints from the Rolando and Siv Pieraccini collection held by the Ateneum.

“The Fantastico! exhibition is a fine illustration of the versatility of the Ateneum collection for various displays. Finnish artists incorporated moods characteristic of magic realism, especially into their landscapes and images of empty cities. This shows, for example, in the works featured in the exhibition by Greta Hällfors-Sipilä and Henry Ericsson”, says the museum director Susanna Pettersson.                   

A book exploring magic realism as a phenomenon in interwar European visual art

The exhibition coincides with the release of a book, in Finnish, Swedish and English, entitled Fantastico! Italian art of the 1920s and 1930s. The book provides the reader with an introduction to the world of magic realism and explores the movement as one of the realist phenomena in European visual art in the interwar period. The book presents all the Italian artists featured in the exhibition. The book is edited by Hanna-Leena Paloposki, with articles contributed by Erkki Anttonen, Gabriella Belli and Valerio Terraroli. The Italian Cultural Institute in Finland has supported the publication of the book.

PLEASE NOTE! The exhibition will open to the public on Ascension Day, 10 May, with exceptional opening hours from 10 to 17.

Highlights of events related to the exhibition

Check out all the event information on our website: www.ateneum.fi > Events

Thu 17 May and Fri 18 May, 16:00–17:00, and Thu 9 Aug and Thu 16 Aug, 16:30–17:30
ITALIAN LANGUAGE COURSE: PARLIAMO DELL´ARTE FANTASTICA!
Come and learn art terminology in the Italian language and explore fantastic art. This one-lesson course is suitable for those who have mastered the basics of Italian. In Finnish. Price €26 at the Ateneum Art Museum's online shop.

Fri 18 May, 10:00–18:00
INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY
Admission for two for the price of one throughout the day. Screenings of short films on works featured in the Stories of Finnish Art exhibition. 

FANTASTICO! LECTURE SERIES, Ateneum Hall
Thu 17 May, 17:00–18:00, Chief curator Teijamari Jyrkkiö (in Finnish)
Admission is included in the museum entrance fee or with a Museum Card.

Wed 6 Jun, 10:00–20:00
FREE ADMISSION DAY 

Thu 7 Jun, 17:00
GUIDED TOUR OF FANTASTICO! IN ITALIAN
Art historian Antonella Perna. Admission is included in the museum entrance fee or with a Museum Card.

Sat 18 Aug, 12:00–15:00
FINALE FANTASTICO! 
On the last weekend of Fantastico!, the Ateneum staff and the experts behind the exhibition discuss their favourites among the works exhibited. Further events include a lecture on Felice Casorati by the art historian Antonella Perna (in English), an art workshop, and a Finnish-language guided tour of the exhibition. Admission is included in the museum entrance fee or with a Museum Card.

Opening hours
Tue, Fri 10am–6pm | Wed, Thu 10am–8pm | Sat, Sun 10am–5pm | Mon closed

Admission
Adults €15 | Concessions €13 | Under 18s free admission | with S-Etukortti card €14

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Cesare Sofianopulo: Masks (1930). Museo Revoltella – Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Trieste. © Archivio Fotografico del Museo Revoltella. Photo: Nicola Eccher.
Cesare Sofianopulo: Masks (1930). Museo Revoltella – Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Trieste. © Archivio Fotografico del Museo Revoltella. Photo: Nicola Eccher.
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Antonio Donghi: Woman at the Café (1931). Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna di Ca' Pesaro. © Archivio Fotografico - Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Foto Franzini C.
Antonio Donghi: Woman at the Café (1931). Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna di Ca' Pesaro. © Archivio Fotografico - Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Foto Franzini C.
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Felice Casorati: Beethoven (1928). Mart, Collezione VAF-Stiftung, Rovereto. © Archivio Fotografico Mart, Rovereto.
Felice Casorati: Beethoven (1928). Mart, Collezione VAF-Stiftung, Rovereto. © Archivio Fotografico Mart, Rovereto.
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