The first volume in the series on Twentieth-Century Decorative and Applied Arts is dedicated to what is known in Italy as 'Stile Liberty', or Liberty style. Flowers, ribbons, garlands, dragonflies, butterflies and graceful young women dancing, followed by a host of curvilinear, sinuous and spiralling forms: this was Liberty, the new style that at the dawn of the twentieth century, by creating a rupture with traditional artistic forms, spread throughout Europe. Although the movement was short-lived, the First International Exposition of Modern Decorative Arts held in Turin in 1902 showed that it numbered excellent interpreters in every single field. Chini's ceramic works, furniture designed by Quarti and Basile, Mazzucotelli's wrought iron objects, glass-work by Buffa and Cambellotti: pieces that are now much sought after by private collectors and museums.
In 1987 Irene de Guttry and Maria Paola Maino, experts in the history of twentieth-century architecture and the applied arts, founded the Associazione Archivi delle Arti Applicate Italiane del XX secolo, a centre where documents are held and research can be carried out, annexed to a specialised library open to experts and students, located in the Museo Andrea e Blanceflor Boncompagni Ludovisi in Rome.
Contents: The Art Journals Divulging the New Style; Humanitarian Socialism; Italy Land of Artisans; The Physiognomy of the Style; Architecture; The Triumph of the Liberty Style in the Decorative Arts; The Liberty Style and Its Public; The Great International Exhibitions; International Exposition of Modern Decorative Art, Turin 1902; The Great Sempione Exposition in Milan; Turin 1911; Oblivion and Revival; Focus on: Dannunzian Style; Selected References.