The Wolfsonian celebrates the publication of Antonio G. Santagata: Rappresentare la guerra / Rendering War on March 14 at 7 pm. Wolfsonian curator Silvia Barisione will be joined for a talk and book signing by co-contributor Gianni Franzone. The volume, while not an exhibition catalogue, was catalyzed by the Wolfsonian’s current show, Rendering War: The Murals of A. G. Santagata, and is the second book to be published in recent months linked to the interrelated exhibitions in The Rebirth of Rome. Antonio G. Santagata, published by Sagep Editori, features essays by Barisione and Wolfsoniana curators Franzone and Matteo Fochessati.
Santagata, a prominent figure in the Italian Novecento art movement, was known for his mural painting. The exhibition and the book focus on his work for buildings of the Association for Disabled and Invalid War Veterans (Case dei Mutilati), which was inspired by his experiences during the First World War. The most outstanding expressions of this body of work were the pictorial cycles he created for the Casa Madre dei Mutilati di Guerra on the banks of the Tiber River in Rome, the national headquarters designed by architect Marcello Piacentini. Santagata’s imagery was in keeping with public art of the time that reflected the aesthetic outlook of the Italian state by endeavoring to restore national pride and unity after the war. His work is also a focal point for discussing the ongoing debate on the relationship between visual culture and new architecture.
The heavily illustrated volume, with text in both English and Italian, was designed by Luigi Berio and Paolo Vinci of Arteprima Design. Included are the essays “Santagata and Mural Painting” by Fochessati; The Construction of the Case del Mutilato,” by Barisione; and “Santagata’s Painting at the Great Exhibitions of the Interwar Period” by Franzone.
Antonio G. Santagata: Rappresentare la guerra / Rendering War, 2014
Sagep Editori, Genoa, Italy