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1. Arte e ideologia

Arte e ideologia relates the civil, political and social commitment which featured much of the artistic panorama in the early 1960s and the ongoing characterization of Bologna as a “political and intellectual laboratory”, an image that emerges also in many works in the MAMbo’s collections.

Among the most well-known of these is Renato Guttuso’s I Funerali di Togliatti. Guttuso himself provided the voice for the prose parts in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s film, La Rabbia, of which an emblematic extract is presented here. The director and poet is in turn the protagonist in Fabio Mauri’s action, Intellettuale, which took place in the historic site of the Galleria d'Arte Moderna the year the museum was founded: 1975. Among the many exhibited works, stands out Roberto Sebastian Matta's Morire per Amore (‘Dying for love’), which stimulates a discussion on the theme of “Art and Revolution” by referring to the killing of Che Guevara.

On the whole, what emerges in the start of the GAM’s activities is a clear political vocation and a marked ideological structure.