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Giulio Turcato, accidents of colour

The master of abstract art is the protagonist of an exhibition at Rome’s MACRO focusing on the period between 1950 and 1975

With the exhibition “Soon to come. Giulio Turcato. Stellar”, the Rome Museum of Contemporary Art (MACRO) celebrates – on the centenary of his birth – Giulio Turcato (1912-1995), one of the leading Italian artists of the second half of the 20th century.
From 6 October to 13 January, the Museum’s Project Room 1 exhibition space will host a retrospective on this Lombardy-born artist, whose entire career was devoted to balancing form and colour in abstract art and to a constant search for new temporal and spatial horizons. As Turcato himself explains, his painting «is instinctive, irrational, unstudied: the presence of the unexpected, the unknown, and the subconscious is strongly felt».
The exhibition, which focuses on the period between 1950 and 1975, provides an extensive overview of Turcato’s artistic output, through works such as Stump speech (1950), featured at the Venice Biennale that same year, and the Mines series (1950), which describes that era’s social and political climate.
The exhibition is fleshed out by extensive documentation – comprising photographs, drawings, letters, other drawings, and clippings from magazines and catalogues – from the Giulio Turcato Archives, thanks to whose collaboration the exhibition was made possible.
Giulio Turcato, Stump speech, 1950
Giulio Turcato, Stump speech, 1950


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