Troubled Times: The Role of Design in Fascist Italy

Sugar bowl, jugs, and bottle, c. 1932, Nicolaj Diulgheroff (Bulgarian, 1901-1982) Casa Giuseppe Mazzotti, Albisola (Savona), Earthenware various dimensions

Bertrand Russell famously argued that propaganda is better at fostering hate than love, but a group of three interrelated exhibitions on Italian art and design between the world wars, currently on view at the Wolfsonian-Florida International University museum in Miami Beach, tells a different story. “The exhibition [The Birth of Rome] starts with promotional posters, made under Mussolini, that show the vision he had for Rome,” says curator Silvia Barisione.

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