The Italian Cultural Institute of Amsterdam, in partnership with the Italian Embassy in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, presents a double retrospective exhibition devoted to the artist Daniel Schinasi, founder of the Neofuturist movement. The retrospective, edited by the artist’s daughter, Sarah Schinasi, allows visitors to explore the painter’s artistic world and discover his contribution to the contemporary art panorama.
The first section of the exhibition – “A Message in Motion” – will be held in the famous Pulchri Studio in The Hague, featuring about 45 artworks and a majestic mural on show from 2 December 2023 to 28 January 2024. This part of the exhibition revolves around Schinasi’s talent to explore the boundaries of Neofuturism seen through movement, music, sports, Nice’s light (a city where the artist has spent part of his life), Jewish roots, rural life and experimental painting.
The second part of the exhibition – “The Verdi Series” – will be on show at the Italian Cultural Institute of Amsterdam. The collection, on display from 6 December 2023 to 26 January 2024, will include a dozen artworks dedicated to the composer Giuseppe Verdi, proving Schinasi’s ability to convey the essence, energy and beauty of music within his brush strokes.
Daniel Schinasi (Alexandria, 1933 – Nice, 2021) was born in a Sephardic family from Spain and Livorno. During his artistic career, he exhibited his works several times and met famous Italian and French artists, such as Sonia Delaunay, Carlo Carrà, and Giorgio de Chirico. His devotion to art allowed him to win awards and hold shows worldwide, with a unique style combining futurist elements with human nature’s most profound traits. Although based on geometrical figures and vibrant colours, Schinasi’s Neofuturism differs from Italian Futurism as it focuses on humanistic values instead of technology. The artist’s works portray daily moments, dancers, musicians and athletes, showing the human being as a physical and spiritual entity.