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6. L'Informale

This section gives some examples of Italian abstract art of the 1950s forming part of the international trend appearing under the banner of Informal art.
In 1983, the Galleria d'Arte Moderna held an exhibition entitled Informal art in Italy, dedicated to Francesco Arcangeli and curated by Renato Barilli and Franco Solmi, which offered a major overview of the Italian developments of this school.
Among the works on display were some surveys concentrating on the plastic and compositional potential of matter by such artists as Alberto Burri, Carlo Corsi, Leoncillo, Pinot Gallizio, Germano Sartelli and, in photography, Nino Migliori – here shown alongside Antoni Tàpies of Spain – and a view also of the expressive efficacy of line and gesture, as in the work of Gastone Novelli. At the end of the 1950s, artists like Pirro Cuniberti and Concetto Pozzati sought to move beyond these phenomena by hinting at regenerated possibilities of form and figure. Fausto Melotti is instead a figure apart: one of Italy’s leading sculptors of the last century, and a master of modulating forms and colours of particular elegance, laid out in space in a skilled rhythmical development.