The exhibition “New Tendencies ’60” represents a tribute to the art scene in Italy in the sixties of the last century. The focus is on three exhibitions: “Gencay, Brtka, Franchini” held in Rome in 1964, then “Forme presenti” also held in Rome in 1965, and the exhibition “Illumination” in Trento in 1967, where was presented the group of the same name.
The exhibition “New Tendencies ’60” in the Gallery of the Student Cultural Center in Belgrade will present the works of all the authors who were at the aforementioned exhibitions: Nobuya Abe and Shu Takahashi from Japan, Aldo Schmid, Bruno Bruno Conte, Paolo Patelli and Antonio Franchini from Italy, Gencay Kasapçi from Turkey, Marcia Hafif from America, Milena Čubraković and Mira Brtka from Yugoslavia. All of them lived and created in Rome in the sixties.
The Italian cultural scene of the 1960s represented an artistic field that was characterized by a distinct diversity and strength of artistic directions and authorial expressions, which developed in that milieu, in the period before the development of postmodernism. The three exhibitions represented cultural and artistic events of international importance, considering that artists from different countries of the world participated in them.
The first exhibition brought together three artists who all came from different artistic backgrounds – Yugoslavia, Turkey and Italy, and all of whom have a rich cultural heritage. Genđaj Kasapci, Mira Brtka and Antonio Franchini, then young artists, found common interests within the framework of new tendencies, exploring above all form, light, space and color in their painting.
On the same basis, a year later, in the same gallery – Scorpio Gallery (Galleria Scorpio di Alfonso Leto) in Rome, an exhibition called “Forme Presenti” was organized, where Brtka and Franchini were joined by Bruno Conte, Shu Takahashi and Milena Čubraković.
The last of the three exhibitions from the sixties that will be “recreated” in Belgrade is actually the first and last presentation of the Illumination group in Trento in 1967. In addition to the Yugoslav artists Brtka and Čubraković, the members of the group were Marša Hafif, Paolo Patelli, Aldo Šmid and the leader and mentor of the group, the Japanese artist Nobuja Abe. As an already respected artist at that time, he gathered a group of authors around the idea that is highlighted in the very name of the group, which is illumination – that is, the spiritual dimension of light.
The exhibition “New Tendencies ’60” in the SKC Gallery brings together the works of these artists in one place for the first time. The Mira Brtka Foundation, which, together with the Arte Gallery, is the organizer of this exhibition, strives to bring the Italian art scene of the sixties closer to the public, as well as the circle of artists in which Mira Brtka worked at the very beginning of her career.
The exhibition was supported by: Student Cultural Center Belgrade, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia, the Secretariat for Culture of the City of Belgrade and the Italian Institute for Culture in Belgrade.
The exhibition lasts until December 28, 2023.