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Dolce Vita? The joy to create can never be taken for granted

Vittorio Zecchin, Una e mille notte, 1914

Vittorio Zecchin, Una e mille notte, 1914

Enrico Prampolini, Ritratto di Marinetti, poeta del Golfo della Spezia, 1934

Enrico Prampolini, Ritratto di Marinetti, poeta del Golfo della Spezia, 1934

For the second time in a matter of weeks, I strolled, mesmerized, through the “Dolce Vita?” temporary exhibition at Musee d’Orsay in Paris, which covers Italian visual arts in the first half of the 20th century. As we see the poetry of an Enrico Prampolini or an Achille Funi and the exhuberance of a Giorgio de Chirico or a Vittorio Zecchin  gradually grinding to a halt, there could be no starker reminder that the freedom to experiment, the urge to innovate, and the joy to create can never be taken for granted. Read more…

Transformers are no decliners

December 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Italy has been at the forefront of the doom-and-gloom world news of late. And with it, the whole of Europe. And generally speaking, the West. And also, manufacturing output is slowing down in China. And reform bills fail one after the other in India. And then there is global warming. And all the rest. Even those who don’t believe in 2012 end-of-the-world prophecies can’t help prophecize the end of civilisation as we know it. Look at the Roman Empire, they say, once the beacon of the world, now swept away! Read more…