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Sironi at La Scala

by Vittoria Crespi Morbio.
Essay by Vittoria Crespi Morbio, Palaces Galore.
Appendices: Mario Sironi on the Artistic Board of the Teatro alla Scala; Sironi and his Boccanegra manqué; biography; catalogue of the works; chronology of the performances.
Collection «Performing Artists at La Scala».
Amici della Scala – Umberto Allemandi & C., Turin, 2011.
Italian edition, pp. 83.

In the theatre Mario Sironi (1885–1961) displayed the same acute and pungent poetics as in his pictorial world. His anthropomorphic images, his desolate suburbs, his factories express in the form of myth his quest for greatness, his grievous perception of solitude. At La Scala for Tristan und Isolde (1947) Sironi designed a similarly rugged and grandiose set, a forest which is a fossilised labyrinth, the prow of a ship looming over the Wagnerian world like a threatening carved countenance. A visionary and dramatic staging.