Emilio Scanavino “This is Tomorrow”
Exhibition ‘This is Tomorrow’, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 9 August – 9 September 1956. Group 4: Anthony Jackson, Sarah Jackson, Emilio Scanavino. Photo by Emilio Scanavino. Courtesy of Archivio Emilio Scanavino.


Archivio Scanavino
Piazza Aspromonte, 17, 20131, Milano, MI


01 Apr 2022 - 20 Jun 2022

Emilio Scanavino “This is Tomorrow”

To inaugurate its new premises to the public in conjunction with the centenary of the artist’s birth, the Archivio Scanavino presents an exhibition curated by Marco Scotini.

One of the masters of Italian painting in the second half of the twentieth century, Emilio Scanavino (1922-1986) was – although descriptions like this are always rather incomplete – one the leading figures of the so-called Art Informel generation and Spatialist movement that emerged in the aftermath of the Second World War. Scanavino’s distinctive style – graphic and sculptural, physiological and tangible, organic and abstract – was focused for over thirty years on creating his own alphabet and alternative language whose ‘words’ did not lie. A language to be deciphered rather then read in such a way as to constantly showcase the artistic medium and the secrets its signs held. In this sense, Scanavino is like a Champollion from the Cold War period.

Showcasing more than 60 glazed terracottas, slipware, majolica and metal objects designed between the early 1950s and the end of the 1960s, Emilio Scanavino. This is Tomorrow is a unique opportunity to discover the artist’s relationship with polychrome ceramics and to explore his studies into key stylistic issues more closely. The exhibition is the first project devoted to this specific side of his work, often neglected because it tends to be encompassed in Scanavino’s sculptural projects.