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Ugo Mulas. Vitalità del negativo

Documenting the Seminal Exhibition of the Italian Avant-garde

  • Edited by: Giuliano Sergio
  • Year: 2010
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 208
  • Price: 55.00 €
  • ISBN: 978-88-6010-061-0
  • Size: cm 24 x 29
  • Illustrations: 130 b/w

Vitalità del negativo nell’arte italiana 1960-70, the first show organized by the Rome-based association Incontri Internazionali d’Arte, founded by Graziella Lonardi Buontempo, initiated a major effort to promote contemporary art, both Italian and foreign.

The 33 artists featured are now emblematic of Italian art in the 1960s and ’70s: Vincenzo Agnetti, Carlo Alfano, Getulio Alviani, Franco Angeli, Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Agostino Bonalumi, Davide Boriani, Enrico Castellani, Gianni Colombo, Gabriele De Vecchi, Luciano Fabro, Tano Festa, Giosetta Fioroni, Jannis Kounellis, Francesco Lo Savio, Renato Mambor, Piero Manzoni, Gino Marotta, Manfredo Massironi, Fabio Mauri, Mario Merz, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Vettor Pisani, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Mimmo Rotella, Piero Sartogo, Paolo Scheggi, Mario Schifano, Cesare Tacchi, Giuseppe Uncini and Gilberto Zorio.

Ugo Mulas, the photographer most closely involved with the international art scene at the time, was commissioned to cover the event, which he did in his unmistakable style. The 130 photographs taken, which remained largely unpublished on their author’s death at an early age, now appear in this volume some forty years later. They capture the artists, the installations and the visitors in an extraordinarily lucid photographic reading a crucial exhibition for Italian contemporary art.

The book also provides useful insight into the history of photography, shedding light on the photographer’s work and his dialogue with artists. It was during the show’s inauguration that Mulas took one of the first shots of the “Verifications” series, regarded as among the most important photographic works of the period in terms of formal rigour and analysis of the medium.

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Giuliano Sergio (Venice, 1974), historian of art and photography, was the scholarly editor of the catalogue Ugo Mulas. La scena dell’arte (Electa, 2007) of the exhibition of the same name organized by the MAXXI in Rome, the PAC in Milan and the GAM in Turin.

He currently teaches art history at the IUAV in Venice and the Naples Academy of Fine Arts. His forthcoming publications include a text on Arte Povera and photography for the catalogue of the exhibition ‘Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph 1965–1977’ at the Art Institute of Chicago. He is in charge of research on photographic archives at the Venice Foundation for the Museo del Novecento in Mestre.

Foreword - Graziella Lonardi Buontempo

Editor's note

Vitality in Negative: the Image of an Exhibition, Giuliano Sergio

“Vitalità del negativo” and its Rooms, Achille Bonito Oliva

Vincenzo Agnetti — Carlo Alfano — Getulio Alviani — Franco Angeli — Giovanni Anselmo — Alighiero Boetti — Agostino Bonalumi — Davide Boriani e Gabriele Devecchi — Enrico Castellani — Gianni Colombo — Gabriele Devecchi — Luciano Fabro — Tano Festa — Giosetta Fioroni — Jannis Kounellis — Francesco Lo Savio — Renato Mambor — Piero Manzoni — Gino Marotta — Manfredo Massironi — Fabio Mauri — Mario Merz — Giulio Paolini — Pino Pascali — Vettor Pisani — Michelangelo Pistoletto — Mimmo Rotella — Piero Sartogo — Paolo Scheggi — Mario Schifano — Cesare Tacchi — Giuseppe Uncini — Gilberto Zorio 

Afterword - Massimo Minini
Works of art in Mulas's photograps

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