1973-74_Somaini e enrico Crispolti, foto di Volker Marten

A day dedicated to the figure of the historian and art critic

April 4th 2019
MILAN, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera – Sala Napoleonica
hours: 10.00-13.00 / 14.00-18.00
free admission

Together with Archivio Crispolti Arte Contemporanea, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera is
organizing a day dedicated to the historian and art critic Enrico Crispolti (Rome, 1933-2018),
theorist of the discipline, conservator of documents and books, founder of the homonymous
archive in Rome, as well as a lecturer who, through the School of Advanced Studies (Scuola di
specializzazione) of the Università degli Studi di Siena, trained generations of scholars.
The day, introduced by the President of the Accademia Livia Pomodoro and Director Giovanni
Iovane, is chaired by Luisa Somaini, with the collaboration of Ignazio Gadaleta and Livia Crispolti.
It includes testimonies by artists, historians of art, architecture, and design; curators and directors
of museums and archives; gallerists; art publishers; restorers and former students, mostly active
in Milan. The testimonies will focus on work experiences shared with Crispolti and on their
mutual professional and human repercussions.
The aims to analyze the method with which, over more than sixty years of militant commitment,
Enrico Crispolti advanced knowledge of contemporary artistic languages and new media by
situating the work of the artists in the respective cultural context. Exemplary, in this regard, is the
work carried out in the region of Milan with, among others, Lucio Fontana, Francesco Somaini,
Mauro Staccioli, Enrico Baj, Emilio Scanavino and Bepi Romagnoni.
Since the second half of the 1950s, Crispolti—one of the leading experts of Futurism, Informal,
Pop Art and artists such as Lucio Fontana, Renato Guttuso, Mattia Moreni and Valeriano
Trubbiani, developed one of the most comprehensive Italian archives on contemporary art, that
allowed him to carry out seminal projects such as Nuovi Archivi del Futurismo (promoted by La
Quadriennale di Roma and published by De Luca), the monumental work L’Informale. Storia e
poetica, published by Beniamino Carucci (Assisi-Rome) in 1971 and partly republished in 2018
by De Luca.
The day will start with a short documentary presenting some of Enrico Crispolti’s reflections on
the role of the historian and critic of art. The clip is taken from the documentary Arte a Critica
created by Angelo Casciello and realized by Gennaro Visciano in the studio of via di Ripetta 132
in Rome on the occasion of Crispolti’s eightieth birthday, thus starting Project 80 (Progetto 80).
The event in Milan, as envisioned by Archivio Crispolti Arte Contemporanea, will be followed by
similar events on May 27th, 2019 in Rome at the Department of History of Art of the Università
La Sapienza (curators Ilaria Schiaffini and Claudio Zambianchi); in autumn, in Siena, at the Department
of Historical Sciences and Cultural Heritage of the University of Siena (curator Luca
Quattrocchi); in Florence at Le Murate Progetti Arte Contemporanea (curator Valentina Gensini);
and, in Baronissi (curator Massimo Bignardi) at the Regional Museum of Contemporary Art Frac
(Museo Fondo Regionale d’Arte Contemporanea) located in the province of Salerno, the city
where Enrico Crispolti worked and taught.
These five events aim to kickstart an in-depth review of the multifaceted activity of the scholar
Enrico Crispolti and of his eclectic personality, composing a mosaic of voices based on the testimonies
of people who worked and studied with him.

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