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Mario Sironi

(Sassari, 1885 – Milan, 1961)

Mario Sironi is an Italian artist born in 1961. He is considered as one of the most important protagonists of the twentieth century. He was born in Sardinia and then he moved with his family to Rome, where he met Boccioni and Severini and where attended Balla’s studio. In 1913 he approached the movement of futurism, thanks to the inspiration given by his friend Boccioni. In 1914, the first exhibitions of this movement took place in the “Permanente Futurista” Gallery in Rome, where Mario Sironi was present. After the war, he moved to Milan, where he gave life to the series of paintings dedicated to the suburbs and urban landscapes, which are among the highest artistic results of his career. In 1919, he got close to fascism which, for him, was intended as a possible rebirth of Italy and of the Italian art, but, on the other hand, it weighed heavily on the judgment of his works. In 1921, he began working with “Il Popolo d’Italia”, a collaboration that will continue uninterruptedly until 1942, at this time he was in fact known mainly as an illustrator. In 1922, he founded the “Novecento” movement in the “Galleria Pesaro” of Milan, for a classical, purist painting. In 1926, he participated with other artists in the great “Novecento Italiano” exhibition at “Palazzo della Permanente” in the city of Milan. In 1932, he took part in the XVIII Biennial of Venice and was commissioned to work on some of the most important rooms at the Fascist Revolution Exhibit. These rooms were representing: “La marcia su Roma”,  “Salone d’onore” “L’Italia in marcia, and “Galleria dei fasci” which he decorated with a large bas-relief. The thirties are marked mostly by mural painting, the canvases are essentially abandoned in favor of an art that can speak to as many people as possible. In 1961, he was awarded the City of Milan Prize, the city where he died after a few months.


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