An outstanding new exhibition, Magnelli: Painting Reinvented is set to bring together 25 paintings by Alberto Magnelli – many of which have never been displayed in public before – in the first such showing of the artist’s work in Paris since that held in the Galerie Maeght-Lelong in 1986.
The show will focus on paintings dating from the 1920s to 1930, a period that represented a key phase in Magnelli’s career. During the course of the previous five years, he discovered the Parisian avant-garde art scene, which was the inspiration behind his first abstract works. He moved to Paris in 1932 to escape from the fascist regime in Italy and made the definitive move to abstraction with ‘Pietre’ (Stones).
In France, his paintings were often grouped with the 1920s Return to order movement, whilst in Italy they were associated with De Chirico’s and Carrà’s rejection of Modernism. However, the artist emphasised that whilst his works from this period were figurative in style, they were no throwback to the past, but examples of "painting reinvented".
Magnelli: Painting Reinvented launches at the Galarie Boulakia in Paris on 18 October and runs until 7 December 2017.
All images courtesy of Galarie Boulakia