Corrente. Le parole della vita

Pizziolo, M & Sgarbi, V 2008, Corrente. Le parole della vita, Skira, Milan.

The catalogue of the major retrospective dedicated to the Corrente movement, held in Milan at Palazzo Reale. A new reading of the Corrente movement and of the passion of its protagonists: Arnaldo Badodi, Renato Birolli, Luigi Broggini, Bruno Cassinari, Sandro Cherchi, Lucio Fontana, Piero Gauli, Genni, Renato Guttuso, Dino Lanaro, Mario Mafai, Giacomo Manzù, Giuseppe Migneco, Ennio Morlotti, Gabriele Mucchi, Giovanni Paganin, Fausto Pirandello, Giuseppe Santomaso, Aligi Sassu, Scipione, Forenzo Tomea, Ernesto Treccani, Italo Valenti and Emilio Vedova.

In 1943, when the nightmare of bombing threatened Milan, Ernesto Treccani, founder of the movement, wrote: “In my mind I have a painting, which must be full of life and death. Black, white, grey, and some red, like lightning. We must speak the words of life to men”.
“The misunderstanding of life: how many times has this term, apparently apodictic, been taken on by ideological systems anxious to arrogate the absoluteness of being to themselves. Initially Fascist ideology had also presented itself as vitalistic: but in a totalitarian system the rhetoric of life drowns in the rhetoric of the state, in which the individual is cancelled out. Not by chance, beyond its mystical nebulousness, when Fascism talks of life, it calls life physical, life as a place of the body, athletic because it is strong, strong because it is military. Just as the myth of health is the mental corridor to achieve the health of the race. Life claimed by the proponents of Corrente, on the other hand, is life as a place of feelings, brief happenings that are nourished by time. Not the superhuman time of collective creations behind which every totalitarian system masks its disdain for the individual. Not political time but ethical time. Not the time of the presumptuousness of reason but the time of the bold irrationality of passion.”

Here below you can browse the most interesting section of the book, the essay by Marina Pizziolo, in the eBook version.

Marina Pizziolo, Vittorio Sgarbi and Piero Gauli, one of the protagonists of the Corrente movement

Romano Ravasio and Marina Pizziolo in the exhibition halls at Palazzo Reale before the opening to the public