Beauty in contemporary art

Giorgio de Chirico | Ettore e Andromaca

Giorgio de Chirico, Ettore e Andromaca (1956)


Only 20th-century artists have succeeded in demonstrating that beauty is not an aesthetic factor but something that comes from deep within and can be found even in the smallest and most insignificant thing.

Is it possible to describe beauty in contemporary art and its meaning in artistic research through some of the great masterpieces and unpublished works of the 20th century?
21Gallery in Treviso tries with an exhibition that compares the works of Afro, Giacomo Balla, Alighiero Boetti, Giorgio de Chirico, Fortunato Depero and many other 20th-century artists.

Beauty in contemporary art

Giacomo Balla | Marvele

Giacomo Balla, Marvele (1919)

The exhibition consists of 37 works and is designed to document how contemporary art has not provided yet another image of natural beauty, but rather has taught us how to interpret the world, to compose alternative hypotheses for the present, or to give it a different visibility and possibility of meaning.


Giorgio de Chirico sought beauty in the unconscious, while forFuturism there was no beauty except in speed.
Marc Chagall, for his part, pursued the beauty of dreams to find its original purity.
Then came Alberto Burri who found beauty in materials, such as tar, that no one would have defined as beautiful before, while Lucio Fontana thought that beauty should be sought beyond the canvas or perhaps only imagined.

In short, beauty in contemporary art is a recurring thought a constant and almost obsessive search, a perennial attempt to find beauty where others cannot see it.


The exhibition FROM DE CHIRICO TO CHAGALL AND BEYOND. The Sense of Beauty in Contemporary Art (DA DE CHIRICO A CHAGALL E OLTRE
Il senso della bellezza nell’arte contemporanea), curated by Cesare Biasini Selvaggi, presents masterpieces and previously unseen works by 20 giants of 20th century international art on public display for the first time: Afro, Giacomo Balla, Alighiero Boetti, Valerio Adami, Carla Accardi, Marc Chagall, Enzo Cucchi, Giorgio de Chirico, Fortunato Depero, Piero Dorazio, Tano Festa, Lucio Fontana, Jannis Kounellis, Fernand Léger, Piero Pizzi Cannella, Agostino Bonalumi, Alberto Burri, Massimo Campigli, Giulio Turcato.

The exhibition is produced and realised by 21Gallery, with the support of the sponsors: Da Pian srl, InstabileLab srl, ITA srl, Mag spa, Mosca Clothing srl.

Il senso della bellezza nell’arte contemporanea
curated by Cesare Biasini Selvaggi

21Gallery, TAD (Treviso Arts District)

Open to the public: 28 May-30 September 2022, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (closures: 2 June; 13-23 August)

Marc Chagall | Les Mariés sur fond bleu

Marc Chagall, Les Mariés sur fond bleu


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