This exhibition catalogue presents 52 works by Carlo Carrà, offering a vast, intriguing perspective on the varied inspirations and output of the artist.
The exhibition was held at Acqui Terme from 13 July to 8 September 1996, thirty years after the artist’s death, and was organized in an ideal temporal itinerary, from the paintings of the start of the century to those of the mid-1960s. After a phase of in-depth study of the painters of the 1300s and 1400s, Carrà produced the so-called proto-metaphysical works, in which the object of the expressive research is form perceived as a primal entity. Carrà, first in contact with the leading figures of the Futurist movement, then with De Chirico and Savinio, developed the themes of metaphysical painting in relation to nature and the landscape, capturing a sense of apparition in ordinary things. After the war, following periods in Paris and Ferrara, back in Milan he began that third, grand period of his artistic career, in which reality is magically transfigured. The landscape of Carrà: physical and metaphysical space, of identification and abstraction.