On November 22, 1980 Galleria dello Scudo presented the work by Massimo Campigli in an anthological exhibition organized with the collaboration of the artist’s son, Nicola. The show brought together a selection of over fifty works from public and private collections, chosen among the most famous and representative of Campigli’s whole creative path.
Le amiche (1921), Donna alla fontana and La scuola (1929), Bastimento carico di donne (1936) and Le danzatrici (1939), large canvases from the 1940s such as Donne con ombrellino (1940), Teatro and Donne variopinte (1943), alongside the contemporary Concerto from Museo “Mario Rimoldi” in Cortina d'Ampezzo and the portrait of his wife Giuditta (1944), are moments of a journey that unravels through the typical subjects of the artist, linked to a female archetype that seems to come from an ancient fresco. The show is completed by canvases from the 1950s, like Labirinto di specchi (1957), and by the large compositions of the following decade, where the figure is rendered with an extreme geometrizing and totemic stylization, once again created with a unique technical skill.
The catalogue published for the occasion offers a touching recollection of the artist written by his son, a text by Campigli himself, and critical interventions by Guido Perocco and Marco Valsecchi.