The catalog of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Modern Art (Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna) about Emilio Isgrò one of the best-known exponents of Italian art in the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 3rd millennium.
Emilio Isgrò is an artist, poet, writer and innovator, the inventor of the theory of “Deletion”.
In 1956 he moved to Milan and immediately joined the debate about the relationship between words and images which was the focus of the artistic and intellectual scenario of the 1960s. In doing so, he opened up a new language which he began to experiment with in those early years and which, today, still emanates the same dynamism and creative daring as it did at the beginning. The exhibition being staged at the National Gallery of Modern Art is organized in two sections: the first focuses on the artist’s most important installations of the last four years (Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy), Disobbedisco (I disobey), Costituzione cancellata (Deleted Constitution), Cancellazione del debito pubblico (Deletion of the National Debt) and Var ve Yok (There is and There isn’t, in Turkish); the second concentrates on the artist’s main works (from his early works of 1964- Volkswagen and Cancellatura (Deletion) – Particolari (Details), his Storie Rosse (Red Stories), Frecce (Arrows), and his writings, ending with the Seme d’Arancia (Orange pip). The aim of the publication is to highlight the relevance of Isgrò’s work and the links between his latest works and his earlier works, which are continuously referred to, since they carry forward and expand his earlier themes and statements.