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Italian Modern Art in the Age of Fascism

1st Edition

By Anthony White


232 pages | 8 Color Illus. | 51 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367196271
pub: 2019-07-29
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This book examines the work of several avant-garde artists, including Giorgio de Chirico, Fortunato Depero, Scipione and Mario Radice, working in Italy during Benito Mussolini’s rise and fall. It provides a new history of the relationship between modern art and fascism. The study begins from the premise that artists belonging to avant-garde art movements, such as futurism, surrealism, expressionism and abstraction, could produce works that were perfectly amenable to the ideologies of Mussolini’s regime. A particular focus of the book is the precise relationship between ideas of history and modernity encountered in the art and politics of the time and how compatible these truly were.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction: Modernism, Fascism and Cultural Rebirth; Chapter 2 – The Folk Machine: Fortunato Depero’s Cloth Pictures, 1919 - 1927; Chapter 3 – The Men Who Turn Around: Scipione and Religion in 1930; Chapter 4 – Mario Radice: Abstraction and Architecture, 1934 – 2014; Chapter 5 – Conclusion: Recreations and the Fascist Age

About the Author

Anthony White is Senior Lecturer in the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art and Politics

Routledge Research in Art and Politics is a new series focusing on politics and government as examined by scholars working in the fields of art history and visual studies. Proposals for monographs and edited collections on this topic are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / European
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / Art & Politics
HISTORY / Europe / Italy
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Fascism & Totalitarianism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Media & Internet