Novecento di carta


Novecento di carta

23 mar – 22 jul 2018



Novecento di carta

23 mar – 22 jul 2018

As part of the series of exhibitions dedicated to Italian art of the 20th century, Sforza Castle is hosting masterpieces of 20th-century Italian graphics, featuring artwork on loan from civic archives and the Intesa Sanpaolo collection. The exhibition focuses on the drawings, engravings and artist’s books created by some of the most brilliant creative minds of the past century. An opportunity for the Castle to showcase a selection of works from an extraordinary heritage, unique in quality and variety, and rarely accessible to the general public because of their intrinsic fragility.

Over 200 pieces of art, including drawings, engravings, prints, artist’s books and hand-painted cards will be showcased in Milan’s cradle of civic art institutions. It is thanks to the Sforza Castle’s art collection, comprising donations and acquisitions built up from the early 20th century, that Milan can boast such a vast public art collection, a heritage which has subsequently been outsourced to the city’s many museums, such as the Galleria d’Arte Moderna, the Museo del Risorgimento, the Museo del Novecento and the MUDEC – Museo delle Culture.

Novecento di Carta is a collection of works by Italian painters, sculptors and engravers such as Alberto Martini, Carlo Carrà, Umberto Boccioni, Amedeo Modigliani, Mario Sironi, Giorgio De Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Luigi Bartolini, Lucio Fontana, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Fausto Melotti, Renato Guttuso, Alberto Burri, Enrico Baj, Federica Galli, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Alighiero Boetti, arranged in chronological order to illustrate the artists and trends of the Age of Extremes.

The artwork is on loan from the Gabinetto dei Disegni, the Civica Raccolta delle Stampe “Achille Bertarelli”, the Galleria d’Arte Moderna, the Civiche Raccolte Storiche, the Museo del Novecento, the Casa-Museo Boschi Di Stefano, the Biblioteca d’Arte, the Centro di Alti Studi sulle Arti Visive and includes 30 pieces from the Intesa Sanpaolo’s collections.

During the Novecento di Carta exhibition the Castle, in collaboration with the its Libraries will be hosting Milano Graphic Art, a two-day event (12-13 May 2018) focusing on graphic arts, with exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops, lectures and guided tours to printers and artists’ studios.

The project has been curated by a group of students studying Cultural Heritage Sciences at the Università Cattolica, under the co-ordination of the “Achille Bertarelli” collection of prints. It will feature works of master engravers and young artists from Milan and the surrounding areas. The project’s goal is to attract the public’s interest to the techniques used for art prints, drawing, artist’s books and the world of illustration and comics.

Start date
Friday 23 march 2018

End date
Sunday 22 july 2018

Castello Sforzesco, Sala Viscontea e Sala dei Pilastri
Piazza Castello
20121 Milano

Visit the exhibition’s website


Tuesday to Sunday 9 am – 5.30 pm
Last admission 5 pm

Closed Monday

Curated by
Claudio Salsi
with the collaboration of the comitato scientifico delle collezioni grafiche

Promoted by
Comune di Milano - Cultura
Soprintendenza del Castello Sforzesco
with Electa
in collaboration with Intesa San Paolo