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Art, History & Politics

Comparative Mediterraneanisms

Noucentisme, Novecento, and the Politics of Modernist Classicism

April 14, 2023
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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III International Symposium on Noucentisme
Comparative Mediterraneanisms
Noucentisme, Novecento, and the Politics of Modernist Classicism

Thursday, April 13
King Juan Carlos Center at NYU (53 Washington Sq South)

Click here for the April 13 program

Friday, April 14
NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò (24 West 12th Street)



April 14 program:


Welcome by Stefano Albertini, Director, NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò

Plenary Speaker:
Javier Pérez Segura, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
“The Mediterranean in Madrid. Tracing Noucentisme and Italian modern figurative art in the twenties and thirties”

Session 2:
Painting of the New Century between Noucentisme and Novecento

Filippo Bosco, PhD Candidate, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
“‘...comme immergé dans ce mer’: Mario Tozzi, Eugenio d’Ors and the Mediterranean Constructs”
Virginia Magnaghi, PhD Candidate, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
‘Paesi, quasi senza natura’. Noucentisme and Novecento Facing the Paradoxes of Landscape”
Vinyet Panyella, writer and cultural researcher, Sitges
“Joaquim Sunyer and Novecento
Sarah Linford, John Cabot University, Rome
Valori Plastici, ‘Premises and Arguments’ in Interwar Modernism”
Moderated by Ara H. Merjian, NYU
Followed by Q&A

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Session 3:
Mediterranean Crossings

Xavier Castanyer i Angelet, Director, Museu Municipal Josep Aragay, Breda
“The Italianness of Josep Aragay”
M. Mercè Compte, PhD Candidate, Universitat de Barcelona, and
Mireia Freixa, Universitat de Barcelona
“Monumentality in the Mediterranean Private Garden. The Case of the Masia Freixa in Terrassa and the Vil·la Casals in Sant Salvador”
Joan Safont Plumed, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
“D’Annunzio’s Airplane: the Italianism of the Magazine Iberia during the First World War”
Josep M. Muñoz, Director, L’Avenç, Barcelona
“Jaume Vicens Vives’ Discovery of Italy and the Search for Mediterraneanism”
Moderated by Robert Davidson, Director, The Northrop Frye Centre, University of Toronto
Followed by Q&A

Keynote Address:

Elena Pontiggia, Politecnico di Milano
“The Return to Plato in Margherita Sarfatti’s Thought and in Novecento Italiano”

Concluding Remarks by Jordi Falgàs, Director, Fundació Rafael Masó, Girona



This symposium is presented by
NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
King Juan Carlos Center at NYU
Fundació Rafael Masó

With support from
Institut Ramon Llull
Center for European and Mediterranean Studies at NYU
Department of Italian Studies at NYU
Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures at NYU
NYU’s XE: Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement