Filiberto Menna (Salerno, IT, 1926 – Rome, IT, 1988)
Filiberto Menna was an Italian art historian, modern art scholar and professor at the universities of Salerno and La Sapienza in Rome. In 1962 he published his first book, an important essay dedicated to Mondrian, who would constantly recur in his work. Menna continued his research in the field of historical avant-garde art, dealing with Futurism, and positioned himself in favour of the most rigorous forms of abstraction. At the same time he deepened into nature and design: in 19xx the book Industrial design was published as result of this experience and deals with the topic of a possible integration of art in industrial production and therefore in modern society. Over the years he has attentively reflected on the role of criticism (Critica della critica, 1980) and discussed themes of architecture and industrial design (Industrial Design, 1962, La regola e il caso. Architettura e società, 1970). His research has been accompanied with an intense curatorial activity, he was, a.o. commissioner at the Venice Biennale and the Quadriennale in Rome.