Art Against Propaganda
NYU Arts Digest, Fall 2018
By Niv Sultan
In 1932, to commemorate the first decade of Fascist rule in Italy, Benito Mussolini inaugurated the Exhibition of the Fascist Revolution in Rome. The exhibition, which consisted of 23 rooms filled with myriad forms of art, historical documentation, and artifacts, stayed on display for two years. It proved a massive success, drawing more than 2.8 million visitors.
The Grey Art Gallery is now using 1932—the year of the Exhibition’s opening—as a jumping-off point to explore an artistic project that grew alongside and aimed to counter Fascist propaganda: Italian neorealism.