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13 January 2020Italian Art and Propaganda under Fascism 1922-1943
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Italian Art and Propaganda under Fascism 1922-1943 Prof.ssa Giuliana Pieri Monday 13 January 2020

Professoressa Giuliana Pieri - Dott. Lett. Pavia; MA Kent DPhil Oxon, Royal Holloway, University of London.

In English and Italian.

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Dear Members and Friends,
We welcome a speaker new to the Society: Professoressa Giuliana Pieri.  Giuliana was born and brought up in Milan and studied at the university of Pavia, attaining Dott.Lett; then came to the University of Kent at Canterbury during her year abroad and decided to stay on  there to do an MA in the History and Theory of Art. Subsequently she moved to Oxford to teach Italian language and embarked on a PhD.  Her first lectureship was at the University of Cardiff and after that, she moved to Royal Holloway in 2000 where she is Professor of Italian and the Visual Arts.  She has published widely on 19th and 20th-century visual culture, cultural history and popular literature; has curated exhibitions at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art (which is located in Canonbury Square, London and well worth a visit); is  editor of several learned journals and is Principal Investigator of the research project 'Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2020:  Interart/Intermedia'.     Giuliana and her English husband have two children and they live in central London. Despite her somewhat daunting programme she has found time to send us this outline of her  talk:  
“It is widely accepted that the cult of Mussolini was vital to the way Italian fascism became a regime and integrated the population into a system of regimented consensus that appeared solid until it was undermined by the setbacks of WWII. The cult involved the weaving of narratives of exceptionality around the figure of Mussolini, the consolidation of these in collective rituals, and the reorganisation of public spaces. The public projection of the image of Mussolini through press, photography, film, painting, sculpture and posters was central to the success of the regime, and points to centrality of the arts in the propaganda strategy of the regime. In this talk, we will explore the close but much debated link between Fascism and Italian art, and the role played by the fine arts in particular in fostering the regime and supporting its leader.”   NB: the body of the talk will be in English and the source material in Italian.

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