I Marziani discovers and reconsiders certain chapters of Italian art history from the last century through works on paper (most of which have never been shown in museums) from the angle of new visual and intellectual intersections. Critical reception is the key of interpretation to understand what has taken place in the past and to expand the contemporary viewpoint through drawing, which has meant so much also for artists who did not make it their elective medium of expression, and are not very well known for their works on paper.
The aim is to prompt reflection on the critical response to the artists, on what their contemporaries thought of their art and how we perceive it today, precisely in relation to their status as outsiders then, and to the ups and downs of the acclaim that has brought them to our attention over the years. Through biographical notes flanked by comments and articles from different eras placed between the works, readers are encouraged to ponder the destinies of these talents. With its selection of some of the most maverick personalities, I Marziani presents the Italian 20th century in a new light.