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  • From 16 December 2023 to 19 May 2024 present in “Matter and Memory” in Suzzara (MN)

Tullio Vietri


Globalization advances rapidly, changing the production’s world and commercial relations

Rules are broken and levels of competitiveness are raised in all sectors. Technological research and innovation capacity are the system’s vital challenges. Trade unions and parties lose strength and credibility, the economy prevails over politics. Fashion, luxury, beauty, image, career and success become myths and collective aspirations. These are the years of the “Reagan hedonism” and of “Milano da bere” (“Milan to drink”)

In change, Vietri captures the lack of collective and individual interest in the values of freedom and justice, equity and solidarity. He shows a city increasingly alienated and estranged from man, overwhelmed by technique, by the car and traffic as well as box-like buildings that leave no living space for man and nature. Compared to the 1960s, the forms become more schematic, the colors more anti-naturalistic, almost trying to reproduce the functionalist geometry and prevailing technicalism.

Fiat happening exhibition

The automobile, the flywheel of the development model, emblematic product of industrialisation, becomes for Vietri a symbol of technique and of technical rationalization of production processes, of relations between men and between men and nature. Vietri dedicated the exhibition “Happening” – that he organized in 1983 in the exhibition hall of the Fiat branch in Bologna – to the automobile, a provocation to make counter-information and call for critical reflection.


The gaze is on the city, where everything is movement, traffic of cars, motorbikes, buses, trucks; the man is overwhelmed by it, just as he is overwhelmed by the large buildings of the new suburbs, where he seems to get lost without perspective. Abandoned countryside and bare trees imprisoned between houses like human beings, sometimes similar to the point of not standing out, characterize the pieces of these years. The city produces loneliness, while the wounded nature seems to threaten the city. Always towering are the big brands of cars, oil, energy.

Tullio Vietri

The Atelier

The atelier preserves the family’s rich pictorial and graphic collection (approximately 1,500 pieces, between paintings and graphics). It periodically organizes temporary exhibitions within its spaces, in order to promote knowledge about the collection, displaying the works in rotation.

It is located in Bologna in Via Saragozza 135 under the historic portico of San Luca.
The Atelier can be visited, by appointment, from October to June. Guided tours available.

Tullio Vietri

The Museum

The Biblioteca Civica, managed by the Oderzo Cultura Foundation, displays the core of the collection owned by the Municipality of Oderzo, by the artist’s behest, custodian of his artworks (about 4000 pieces including paintings and graphics).

It is located in Oderzo (TV) in Via Garibaldi 80 at the Civic Library.
It can be visited during library opening hours and by appointment.