The Second Twentieth Century

In the collections of the Museo d'arte Mendrisio, this period occupies a leading role, both in its declinations linked to the territory and, above all, through the figures of important exponents of post-war Italian art. Among the former are Carlo Cotti (1903-1980), Pietro Salati (1920-1975), Alberto Salvioni (1915-1987), Giuseppe Bolzani (1921-2002), Edmondo Dobrzanski (1914-1997), Gino Macconi (1928-1999), Luciano Uboldi (1898-1986), Mario Ribola (1908-1948), Remo Rossi (1909-1982), Giovanni Genucchi (1904-1979) and Felice Filippini (1917-1988). Among the latter were Carlo Carrà (1881-1966), Arturo Martini (1889-1947), Renato Guttuso (1911-1987), Ennio Morlotti (1910-1992), Marino Marini (1901-1980), Mario Sironi (1885-1961) and Fausto Pirandello (1899-1975) and Vittorio Tavernari (1919-1987), among others, who always maintained a naturalistic and figurative approach, while Tancredi Parmeggiani (1927-1964), Alfredo Chighine (1914-1974) and Aldo Bergolli (1916-1972), for example, moved on to a decidedly informal vision. Among the surrealists in the collection are Max Ernst (1891-1976), Wifredo Lam (1902-1982) and Serge Brignoni (1903-2002); among the abstractionists Hans Richter (1888-1976), Max Weiss (1921-1996), Pierino Selmoni (1927-2017), Mario Radice (1898-1987) and Max Huber (1919-1992). Finally, there is the generation born between 1940 and 1960, represented by, among others, Sergio Emery, Renzo Ferrari, Paolo Bellini, Cesare Lucchini, Samuele Gabai, Adriano Pitschen, Gregorio Pedroli, Adriana Beretta, Anna Bianchi, Simonetta Martini, Luca Mengoni and some Italian leaders such as Piero Gilardi and Franco Francese.