Escape from reality

 by Fiammetta Casprini

From 11th October 2018 to 17th February 2109, Palazzo Blu in Pisa hosts the exhibition “From MAGRITTE to DUCHAMP. 1929: the Great Surrealism from the Centre Pompidou”.  In the ancient noble palace, full of illustrious 20thcentury artists, the visitor will cover an itinerary of the most abstract art. Surrealism, an avant-garde cultural and artistic movement, was founded in France in 1924 aimed at searching for the meeting point between dreams and reality. The ideas and art of René Magritte, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Giorgio De Chirico, Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miró, Yves Tanguy, Pablo Picasso and many others return to life in the beautiful setting of the city of Pisa. The exhibition offers a brand new itinerary made up of one hundred and fifty works including paintings, sculptures, surreal objects, drawings, collages, installations and photographs. Masterpieces which talk of love, dreams, folly and freedom and let us flee logic. The selection of the works, all coming from the Centre Pompidou, is the work of the internationally-known curator Didier Ottinger, considered one of the major experts of Magritte, Picasso and Surrealism in the world. Welcoming the visitor is a large variety of works of primary importance, the main part of which executed between 1927 and 1935. Amongst these is the symbol of the same exhibition, the masterpiece Double Secret by Magritte and even, Dormeuse, Cheval, Lion invisibles and L’âne pourri  by Salvador Dalì. This variety of works would not have been complete without Leonardo da Vinci’s Monna Lisa, merrily desecrated by Duchamp with moustache and a “goatee” beard. Palazzo Blu boasts a large number of successful artistic exhibitions: Mattiotti, Michael Yamashita, Escher, Dalì are but some of the prominent names which have rendered this building famous these last few years. Thus, Pisa asserts its importance on the artistic Italian scene hosting a cultural event not to be missed by art lovers. The exhibition is open to public from Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 7.00pm; from 10.00am to 8.00pm on Saturday, Sunday and holidays. The ticket with audio guide included is 12 euros full price and 10 euros reduced price.

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