“The Other Half of the Avant-Garde”

Palazzo Reale

“The Other Half of the Avant-Garde” is a show dedicated to the women artists operating within the avant-garde movements from 1910 to 1940. The show gathered together more than a hundred artists about whom, with few exceptions, very little—often nothing—is known. “It’s a flooded universe,” said Lea Vergine, the curator of the exhibition. That it is also a hidden universe is beyond doubt, as was proven by the difficulty that Vergine met researching and assembling the works. Many were kept in the heirs’ collections, others in museum storage. From a historical point of view, the real value of this show is that it brought to light a considerable amount of unknown work, permitting theoretically a necessary art historical revision concerning the female contribution to earlier movements of the avant-garde. However, by isolating this work from its social context, that is, from the movements in

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