The collection is divided into two sections. The first includes works from the beginning of the twentieth century until the 1960s, while the second spans the second half of the century from the 1960s until the 2000s – that is the present day. The works are hung chronologically by year, while also taking into account the different artistic movements or tendencies to which the artists belonged or indeed helped found.
The diverse body of work shown in the first exhibition reflects Roberto Casamonti’s curiosity and his varied interests, as he never hesitated to add new artistic styles he encountered to his collection.
“This project reflects my firm belief that we should love art for what it is, not for what it’s worth socially and financially. I fell in love with Fontana and Boetti’s work long before they gained worldwide acclaim. It thrills me to be able to hang works by these now established and international names next to works by other artists who today find themselves outside the glare of the international media spotlight and the machinations of the art market. You will find Fontana, Burri, Boetti and Castellani hanging alongside Ottone Rosai’s portrait of my father and works by Viani, Boldini, de Pisis and Fattori.