Adriana Bisi Fabbri and the network of arts (1900 - 1918)
The Museo del Novecento presents the exhibition “Intelligence has no gender. Adriana Bisi Fabbri and the network of arts (1900 – 1918)”, curated by Giovanna Gienx and Danka Giacon and promoted by Milan Municipality, Culture Department. Located into the Archivi del Novecento at the fourth floor of the museum, the exhibition is open until March 8th 2020 and it is focused on the artistic work and biographical experiences of Adriana Bisi Fabbri (1881 – 1918) and her husband Giannetto Bisi (1881 – 1919).
Painter and caricaturist, Adriana Bisi Fabbri appears as a stand-alone figure into the sophisticated artistic scenario she was active into. Self-taught, intrigued by any technique or experimentation she engaged, her iron will to be considered as a complete artist leads her though a time and a space where usually several acknowledgments and training programs were precluded to women.
Resulted from an intense research activity focused on the Bisi Crotti Fund, a property of the Museo del Novecento, the exhibition path is divided into three different narrative flows: Adriana Bisi Fabbri’s biography, her passionate relationship with her husband Giannetto Bisi – who will always support her professional choices – and the thick network of relations the couple forged with the leading characters of two decades of Italian art. The study of these archival sources allowed a complete report of bustling artistic background, full of projects, ideas and movements Adriana Bisi Fabbri and Giannetto Bisi were involved into.
More than two hundred artworks including paintings, graphics, sketches and documents provide a glimpse on the early XX century intellectual life. Art, journalism and the Avant-garde drive the visitor on a journey through Ferrara, Bergamo and Milan, meeting crucial figures such as Umberto Boccioni, Cesare Laurenti, Ugo Valeri, Eugenio Bajoni and encountering the Avant-garde groups in Turin, Florence, Venice and Rome. Adriana Bisi Fabbri and Giannetto Bisi’s point of view – depicted into the unedited correspondence of the couple – provide a, exceptional lecture key of the intellectual background they were close to, from which they drew ideas and suggestions during their professional and sentimental development.
The exhibition is completed by a catalogue published by Mondadori Electa.
Every first and third Tuesday of the month there will be free guided tours of the exhibition with the curators (up to 25 visitors). The entrance at the Museum is free.