Revolutions (and revolts).

Artistic creation as subversion of the existing.

Mario Comensoli | Karel Appel | Le Corbusier | Street Art

from 19 September at Artrust in Melano

Starting on 19 September, Artrust reopens the doors of its exhibition venue in Melano, via Pedemonte di Sopra 1, with four capsule exhibitions dedicated to four artists or movements. These are very different protagonists, but they share the same rebellious approach towards the existing and the ability to revolutionise, through art, the paradigms of their respective contemporaries.

From Le Corbusier, who overturns the dictates of urban planning and post-Industrial Revolution architecture, to Karel Appel, who theorises a return to an infantile primitivism opposed to the reason that had led, in less than a century, to two world wars and a peace based on the atomic threat. From Mario Comensoli who gave voice to workers, students of ’68, punks and other antagonists of the system, to Street Art that arose in American ghettos as a re-appropriation of urban spaces by those who felt excluded.

“Art in history has often found in the contrast to the status quo, and in the desire to subvert it, one of its main sources of inspiration,’ emphasises Patrizia Cattaneo Moresi, Director of Artrust. ‘In these four separate exhibitions, which our visitors will be able to visit at our premises, we have put together some examples that are very distant from each other, both in terms of theoretical assumptions and artistic outcomes, in which we can nevertheless discern this common trait.



19 September – 16 December 2022

Open Tuesday to Friday
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Special openings on Saturday 15 October, Saturday 12 November and Saturday 3 December.

Closed on public holidays

At Artrust, via Pedemonte di Sopra 1, 6818 Melano


extraordinary closure Nov. 24 and 25 for event


Mario Comensoli

On the occasion of the centenary of the birth of one of the greatest Swiss exponents of pictorial realism, Artrust is dedicating this concise retrospective to Mario Comensoli, with some thirty works tracing the different phases of the artist’s production: from the cubist influences of the early 1950s, to the workerist turn of the beginning of the following decade (the so-called ‘blue’ period, like the workers’ overalls); from the themes of the post economic boom consumer society, with the focus on the youth and women’s emancipation movements that emerged at the turn of the 1960s and 1970s up to the 1980s when his attention was first turned to the libertarian utopias of the punk world of the ‘no futures’ – drowned and silenced by drugs, the great scourge of an entire generation – and then to environmentalist issues, of which he was an important forerunner.

Karel Appel

A small exhibition, with a dozen or so works, sufficient however to introduce us to the colourful world of Karel Appel, Dutchman and founder in 1948 of the Co.Br.A group (from the initials of Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam, the cities from which the group’s main artists came). Within the Co.Br.A group, Appel is among the advocates of a true artistic revolution, which prefigures itself as a return to a childlike primitivism and an abandonment of the formal and rational rigidity of the previous era: the result is figurative-gestural works, realised with brushstrokes of jet and material, violent colours, in which references to the culture, ancestral myths and legends of the Nordic countries abound. Works that take us directly into the inner world of the artist, who – as Appel himself liked to emphasise – should relate to the outside world with the same spirit of a ‘questioning child’, that is, free from the rigidity and dogmas of the adult world.

51 Steps Street Art 

In the short ascending path of the 51 Steps that separates the exhibition rooms from the Artrust offices, Street Art is back in the limelight with a renewed selection of works that retrace the stages of this movement, from its ‘rebellious’ and metropolitan beginnings to the most varied expressions, in terms of means, styles and subjects, of contemporary urban art.

On show are artists of the calibre of Blu, Combo, Crash, Invader, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jonone, Madame, Nevercrew, Obey, OSGEMEOS, Ozmo, Princesse Ficelle, Raul 33, Robert del Naja, Seen, Serena Maisto, Speedy Graphito, TvBoy.


Le Corbusier 

Swiss, naturalised Frenchman, Le Corbusier, pseudonym of Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, is one of the reference figures of 20th century architecture. Known, and at the same time criticised, for his extensive use of reinforced concrete, Le Corbusier is also one of the fathers of contemporary town planning: in fact, he contributes to subverting the conception of urban space, overturning dictates and convictions that are inadequate to respond effectively to the profound transformations of the industrial revolution. In addition to being a world-famous architect, however, Le Corbusier was also an artist, and a great promoter of drawing as a privileged means of analysis and research.  In this capsule exhibition at Artrust, a series of works, drawings and projects are exhibited, exploring the artistic and pictorial component of this eclectic figure.

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