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«Ogni artista è “sulla” terra per creare un mito»: Roberto Sebastian Matta e l’arte a Roma all’inizio degli anni Cinquanta

Mattia Patti

Roberto Sebastian Matta lived in Rome between 1949 and 1954, in a very important moment for the renewal of Italian art after the end of World War II. Matta – who had previously played a central role in the surrealist movement during his stays in Paris and New York – actively participated in the cultural life of Rome, where he held numerous solo shows. In Rome, above all, he closely cooperated with some of the most important artists of the time (among them Alberto Burri, Giuseppe Capogrossi and Piero Dorazio). Matta helped spreading the lesson of Surrealism in Italy, urging young Italian artists to carry out technical experimentations and to seek a deeper and stronger relationship with reality.