This exhibition presented two of Giulio Turcato’s key series from the 1960s: the “Tranquillanti” (Tranquillizers), which he created for Galleria il Canale in Venice (where the works were first exhibited in 1961), and the “Superfici lunari” (Moon Surfaces), which he started in 1964 and showed two years later at the Venice Biennale. Both expressed a new material-oriented direction for Turcato characterized by vibrant two-toned or monochrome surfaces and punctuated by insertions or material swellings that further developed ideas about color as an animate space for psychic evocation that he had explored in his earlier abstractions.
Immediately following World War II, Turcato became an influential figure in the Italian art world, as well as an active player in some of the earliest avant-garde circles of the time, such as the Art Club, Forma 1, Fronte Nuovo delle Arti, and Gruppo degli
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