An overview of the artistic movements that spread in Europe and the United States.

“Magic Realism” exhibition in Milan

“Magic Realism” exhibition in Milan

The exhibition offers an overview of the artistic movements that spread in Europe and the United States.


OPENING DAYS: 28 October 2020 – 7 February 2021

OPENING HOURS: Monday 2.30pm-7.30pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday 9.30-19.30; Thursday and Saturday 9.30-22.30


MEETING POINT: Milan, Royal Palace



In Germany Realism showed a strong political imprint by elevating itself as an instrument of social denunciation through a satirical and grotesque language derived from the local experience of Expressionism. Called Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity), German realism included, among others, George Grosz, Max Beckmann and Otto Dix. A similar political commitment can be found in the “social realism” of Mexican muralists like Diego Rivera, engaged in the story of their own people.

If in Italy realism looked to the past, in the United States painting proposes itself as the objective mirror of reality. Next to the protagonists of Regionalism, concentrated on the local connotations of their painting, especially in relation to the theme of immigration, and those of Precisionism, authors of images so precise and mimetic as to be almost photographic, the figure of Edward Hopper emerges. His work focuses on man’s solitude in vast urban spaces, displayed in works that are memorable of Giorgio de Chirico’s metaphysical paintings.

Through 80 paintings flanked by sculptures, drawings and documentary material the exhibition “Magic Realism” at Palazzo Reale in Milan documents with comparisons and insights the characteristics and contradictions of the years between the two wars, marked at the same time by a re-evaluation of the past and by one look at the present, the optimism of the reconstruction and the harbinger of the crisis of 1929 and the second war conflict.

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