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Renato Guttuso Still Astounds Us

Rome celebrates Renato Guttuso’s centenary with an anthology that retraces the artistic journey of the Sicilian maestro. 
For more than 50 years, spent between Palermo, Milan and Rome, Guttuso witnessed our country’s recent history and was able to transfer the decline of man’s condition onto canvas and forcefully depict art’s role in society.
On special loan from several famous museums, including the London Tate, the Centre national des arts plastiques in Paris as well as private collections, the paintings will introduce visitors to Guttuso’s interpretation of the world, in which socio-political militancy plays a central role. Among the 100 paintings on display several highlight the close relationship Guttuso had with Rome, his home until 1931. When he was 19, the city invited him to showcase two of his paintings for the Rome Quadriennial. Rome offered him protection at a difficult time in history, the 1940s, and always offered him the opportunity for extraordinary encounters.  
This artist from Bagheria was able to capture essence of Rome and represent the city’s socio-political and religious dimension in an exciting way, through his own particular way of seeing the Colosseum, Rome’s rooftops and hanging gardens at night.
The exhibition, curated by Fabio Caparezza Guttuso and Enrico Crispolti, includes the works that the maestro never sold and kept in his private collection. Visitors will be able to admire the painting boards Guttuso used as a kid, masterpieces such as ‘La Fuga dall’Etna’, ‘La Crocifissione’, ‘I funerali di Togliatti’, ‘Il Caffè Greco’ (some displayed for the first time in Rome), and the wonderful still-lifes that, in the 1940s, foreshadowed the war.

October 11, 2012 – February 10, 2013
‘Guttuso 1912-2012’
Complesso del Vittoriano

Via San Pietro in Carcere (Imperial Forum)
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