Opened in December last year, the exhibition on the CoBrA movement will close its doors April 3, 2016. It is hosted in Palazzo Cipolla in Rome, in the central Via del Corso (www.mostracobraroma.it).
The CoBrA group was founded in Paris on 8 November 1948 at the Notre Dame Hotel: a meeting with artists like Asger Jorn, Karel Appel, Constant, Corneille, and writers Christian Dotremont and Joseph Noiret. One hundred fifty artworks are shown off: a dip in art full of colors, defined lines and fantasy. An art group born after the Second World War in a Europe dramatically changed. Here it is the reasons for such audacity in design and color: a hunger for freedom, for change, for daring desire. semi-abstract and primitive drawings figures. CoBrA, active until 1951, gives prominence to the sudden spontaneity, genuine creativity, no structures or patterns to comply. You can recognize childish traits in the artworks, an approach to drawing and painting as if they were still children. You can feel the pleasure of painting, carefree, keeping in mind the colors, strong colors to be used, and lines new idea. For this reason the artists of the group held in high esteem the art of children and people with mental disorders: they do not have supports to aid the hand, but only the direct contact between the wide range of color shades, pencils and brushes. Also, these type of art creates a clean break with the classical one.
The exhibition, in addition to exposure of the artworks, it is enriched with drawings and journals published by the CoBrA group: a printed dissemination of ideas, biographies and news about artists components of the movement, and a way to raise awareness of the circulating free thinking among guests.
Article by Claudio D’Adamo
English Translation by Piergiorgio Mancini