ith the presentation of The Collections, the Mart explores over a century of history of Italian and international art. The greatest masterpieces of the museum collections are shown in a display that is strongly coherent with the architecture of Mario Botta. The Mart confirms itself as a great educational machine, whose strengths are the dialogue with the general public and the quality of its cultural offerings.
The Mart’s collection, built up over the years thanks to a far-sighted policy of acquisitions, loans and donations, today comprises approximately 20,000 works. The new layout offers an art-historical itinerary set out chronologically with thematic diversions stressing the great continuity between trends, schools and the currents that have characterised the history of art since the end of the 19th century. The Mart invites visitors to learn about the perimeters of art and go beyond them, through the 20th century and its movements: the avant-garde trends and Futurism on the one hand, and the archaic tendencies and metaphysical schools on the other, exploring the breakthroughs in the research of the latter half of the century and the politics, and on to the experimentation of the present scene and the new media.
The display project, which will be permanent, with regular changes, additions and rotations, is divided into two sections: "The invention of the modern" and "The incursion of the contemporary".
The rooms dedicated to the Futurists Umberto Boccioni, Giacomo Balla, Carlo Carrà, Gino Severini, Luigi Russolo, Fortunato Depero and Enrico Prampolini also contain some rare documents from the Mart’s archival holdings, which is also the venue for the Centro Internazionale Studi sul Futurismo. These are followed by Carlo Carrà, Giorgio de Chirico, Massimo Campigli, Alberto Savinio, Mario Sironi, Arturo Martini and Marino Marini. There are monographic diversions dedicated to such great masters as Felice Casorati, Giorgio Morandi and Fausto Melotti who close the itinerary.
The second floor is dedicated to the works in the collection from the 1950s to the present, the period in which, in the wake of the irruptions of the early 20th century, the languages of contemporaneity were born. The installation highlights the architecture of the Mart and gives ample space to the works through large galleries featuring paintings, sculptures, videos and installations. The chronological sequence unfolds through the works of the protagonists of the second half of the century: Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Mario Merz, Jannis Kounellis, Salvatore Scarpitta, Grazia Toderi. From February 2017 the new installation will also host representative works of the Minimalist and Conceptual Art movements by Joseph Kosuth, Hanne Darboven and Hamish Fulton. Completing the installation are the galleries dedicated to the contemporary enquiries of a diverse group of artists, including Adrian Paci and Mark Leckey, whose experimental work testifies to the dynamics following the fall of the Berlin Wall.