The Menil Collection presents "Silent Revolutions: Italian Drawings from the Twentieth Century" opening day

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The Menil Collection presents "Silent Revolutions: Italian Drawings from the Twentieth Century"
Adolfo Wildt, Animantium Rex Homo, 1925. Graphite pencil and charcoal on paper mounted on canvas, 35 3/8 x 51 ½ in. (89.8 x 130.7 cm). Collezione Ramo, Milan. Photo courtesy of Studio Vandrasch Fotografia, Milan Lu

The Menil Collection presents "Silent Revolutions: Italian Drawings from the Twentieth Century," the first large-scale survey of 20th century Italian drawings mounted in the United States.

"Silent Revolutions" will feature 70 drawings by Umberto Boccioni, Alighiero Boetti, Giorgio de Chirico, Lucio Fontana, Jannis Kounellis, Maria Lai, Carol Rama, and others. The works on view will be augmented with several drawings from the Menil’s own collection.

For most of the 20th century, Italy generated a continuous series of revolutionary artistic movements that significantly influenced international artists. From Futurism to Spatialism to Arte Povera, and beyond, artistic production in Italy was characterized by a high level of innovation. Nowhere was this creative spirit more manifest than in the realm of drawing, which 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.

Artists produced autonomous works in their own right, as well as studies exploring ideas to be potentially realized in other mediums. Through drawing, artists tackled themes as varied as history and myth, language, subjectivity, the body, the modern city, space, and abstraction.

The exhibition will remain on display through April 11, 2021.

Event Details



The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross St.
Houston, TX 77006


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Admission is free.