Vincent Van Gogh, Portrait of a Young Farmer (1889)
Vincent Van Gogh, Portrait of a Young Farmer (1889)

Discoveries and Massacres

Uffizi Gallery


September 27, 2016


January 8, 2017

Scoperte e Massacri (Discoveries and Massacres) at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence is the first monographic exhibition dedicated to Ardengo Soffici (1879-1964).

Soffici was an Italian painter, writer, sculptor, art critic and intellectual. He lived an intense life, very much in contact, and often also in contrast, with the contemporary movements of the Italian and European art scene. He organised and supported all kinds of cultural events, among which the first exhibition on Italian Impressionism, in 1910 in Florence.

The title of the exhibition refers to Soffici’s essay Scoperte e Massacri of 1916, which today is recognised as crucial in understanding the development of 20th-century Italian art.

Next to works by Soffici, the exhibition also includes works by his contemporaries, which have been selected based on Soffici’s preferences and aversions. These include works by artists like Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso, Giovanni Segantini, Edgar Degas, Medardo Rosso and Giorgio de Chirico.

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