Lifestyle - May 9, 2023

Between dreams and revolutions, a new exhibition in Forlì dedicated to the art of fashion


The Art of Fashion. The Age of Dreams and Revolutions, 1789 – 1968” is a major exhibition conceived and realized by the Fondazione Cassa dei Risparmi di Forlì that will be held at the San Domenico Civic Museum from March 18 to July 2, 2023. The exhibition, directed by Gianfranco Brunelli and curated by Cristina Acidini, Enrico Colle, Fabiana Giacomotti and Fernando Mazzocca, recounts the relationship between art and fashion through three centuries, from the 18th to the 20th century. A true tale, including paintings, sculptures, accessories, period and contemporary clothes from important national and international museum institutions.

Among the artists, designers and fashion houses featured we will find Tintoretto, William Hamilton, George Romney, Francesco Hayez, Silvestro Lega, Telemaco Signorini, James Tissot, Giovanni Boldini, Vittorio Corcos, Henry Matisse, Giacomo Balla, Piet Mondrian, Umberto Boccioni, Giorgio de Chirico along with Charles Frederick Worth, Ventura, Mariano Fortuny, Paul Poiret, Coco Chanel, Germana Marucelli, Valentino, Giorgio Armani, John Galliano for Dior, Gucci, Tom Ford, Cristobal Balenciaga. Fashion painted, portrayed, sculpted and made by great artists represents a relationship in which art reflects, creates and becomes fashion, and conversely, fashion belongs to the arts.


“The exhibition in Forli is an embrace between art and fashion. They merge into a single breath, telling the story of beauty in a journey through the centuries.”



This exhibition was made possible thanks to the collaboration of important entities locally and nationally. In particular, Intesa Sanpaolo, main partner of the exhibition. Then, among other partners, Apt Servizi and Destinazione Romagna, Elfi, Florence Group, Hera, Ima and Mapei.

The exhibition in Forlì features more than 300 works that tell the story of the relationship between art and fashion through the centuries. The works, including paintings, sculptures, period and contemporary clothing, show how fashion has been represented and interpreted by artists over the centuries. Among the works on display are masterpieces from major international museum institutions and Italian museums. The Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Belvedere Gallery in Vienna, the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in Geneva, the Klimt Foundation and the MAK- Museum of Applied Arts, in Vienna, the Galerie Neue Meister in Dresden, Le Domaine de Trianon|Château de Versailles, the Kunstmuseum in The Hague, the Museum National in Krakow, and the Royal Castle in Warsaw. In Italy, however, the Gallerie degli Uffizi in Florence, the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome, the Pinacoteca Agnelli in Turin, the Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Trento and Rovereto, the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte in Naples, the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples, the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, the Musei Civici in Mantua, the Istituto per il Teatro e il Melodramma – Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, the Museo del Novecento in Milan, and many others.

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