Vittorio Accornero – Edina Altara. Family group with images, the exhibition curated by Luca Scarlini and devoted to Vittorio Accornero de Testa (Casale Monferrato, 1896 – Milan, 1982) and Edina Altara (Sassari, 1898 – Lanusei, 1983) seeks to draw attention to the work of two artists and illustrators, exploring their complex personal and creative affairs that united them from their very first individual works in the 1920s all the way through to the 1980s.
On this occasion, with the important contribution of a group of set designers working with the Teatro di Sardegna, namely Loïc Hamelin, Sabrina Cuccu and Sergio Mancosu, the MAN is being transformed into a book of fairy tales, a kaleidoscope of elegant twentieth-century images, thereby staging the fairy story of two artists poised between Sardinia, continental Italy and the world.
The exhibition tells the story of Edina and Ninon, divided into different chapters in the various rooms making up the exhibition, comprising graphics (as in the case of the images for the transatlantic liner Rex, and the creation of designer objects and architecture), Altara’s mirrors and Accornero’s neo-Rococo architectural revisitations in Piedmont.
The exhibition is accompanied by an important catalogue published by the MAN with Silvana Editoriale, containing critical essays by Luigi Fassi, Luca Scarlini, Pompeo Vagliani, Silvia Mira, Lauretta Colonnelli, Aurora Fiorentini, Giorgia Toso and Federico Spano.