Irina Zucca Alessandrelli, Curator of the Collezione Ramo in Milan, joins Edouard Kopp, John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Chief Curator of the Menil Drawing Institute, for a conversation exploring the generative and often-overlooked role that drawing played throughout the 20th-century in Italy. Through close looking at a number of works included in the Menil’s exhibition, Silent Revolutions: Italian Drawings from the Twentieth Century, Zucca Alessandrelli and Kopp consider how the medium of drawing gave Italian artists free rein to experiment with a wide range of materials and techniques and allowed them to create new artistic concepts and styles. They discuss work by artists Aldofo Wildt, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri, Maria Lai, and Carol Rama, among others.
This program is presented in conjunction with Silent Revolutions: Italian Drawings from the Twentieth Century, the first large-scale survey of twentieth-century Italian drawings mounted in the United States. The exhibition, featuring 70 drawings largely selected from the Collezione Ramo in Milan, is on view in the Menil Drawing Institute through April 11, 2021.