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Life and work
He was fascinated by rationalist architecture and was one of the first Italian artists to break from figurative art to join the abstract movement flourishing across Europe at the time.
Radice worked closely with the most important Italian rationalist architects (Terragni, Lingeri, Sartoris and Cattaneo), reaching international popularity with abstract frescoes done between 1933 and 1936 for the famous Casa del Fascio of Como, a masterpiece municipal building by Giuseppe Terragni for the National Fascist Party. Eventually the frescoes were destroyed at the end of World War II but photographic documentation still exists.
His works were shown in nine Venice Biennale from 1940 to 1979, in which he was exhibited in a personal room on three occasions. Recently (2007) some of his works were included in two big exhibits held in Milan's Royal Palace: Camera con vista and Kandinskji and Italian abstract art.
Like the works of the other founder of the Italian abstractist school, Manlio Rho, Radice's art is recognizable for pure and harmonic geometric shapes in warm colors.
- References in Italian
- Mario Radice, Catalogo Generale, Luciano Caramel, Electa
- L'arte Contemporanea, da Cèzanne alle ultime tendenze, Renato Barilli, Feltrinelli, Milano, 1984
- Mario Radice, Guido Ballo - Ilte 1974
- Storia dell'arte contemporanea in Italia, Renato Barilli, Bollati Boringhieri, Torino, 2007
- Peripezie del dopoguerra nell'arte Italiana, Adachiara Zevi, Einaudi, 2005
- L'arte del XX secolo, vol.II - La cultura artistica fra le due guerre - AA.VV. - Skira
- References in Italian with English text
- Camera con vista, Catalogo della Mostra - Palazzo Reale, Milano, 2007
- Kandinskij e l'astrattismo italiano, Catalogo della Mostra - Palazzo Reale, Milano, 2007