Dino Lanaro e gli artisti di Corrente

Pizziolo, M 2004, Dino Lanaro e gli artisti di Corrente, Mazzotta, Milan.

The catalogue of the exhibition held in Rome in the sumptuous rooms of Castel Sant’Angelo. It presents a historical reconstruction of the painting of Dino Lanaro within the Corrente movement. One of the most important movements of 20th century Italian art.

This exhibition also had the merit of presenting the Corrente movement for the first time in Rome. The movement had its base in Milan but enjoyed significant national support.
The world represented by the Corrente painters and sculptors is a restless world. Prey to the timeless silence that floods the gynaecea, symbols of a segregated humanity. The spectator to a battle that spreads only into the territories of myth or history, though. The oppressive scenery surrounding the objects that crowd the still-lifes, filled with skulls, candles, open cages: wreckage thrown up onto the shore by the huge storm.

“The realistic option, for the Corrente artists, is nevertheless somewhat distant from the flat veristic interpretation. The Corrente artists set the vibration of line and the flickering of colour against the cold forms of reality. They set the anti-rhetoric of their shortened human forms against the obtuse muscular plasticity of the titans called up by the dictator. They set the shudder of naked skin against the rough black cloth that aimed to reduce Italians to a huge compact crowd. The masters to look to are the German Expressionists, capable of bending reality with the exuberance of emotion, and the Impressionists, with their teaching of morality and expressive liberty”.