A moment full of protagonists and ferments, in which the drive for political and social renewal and new cultural openings were closely intertwined with the events of art.
For the first time, MAXXI dedicates a focus to the archive of a gallery, granted on loan to MAXXI by the will of Maurizio Faraoni. Letters, manuscripts, photographs, invitations, posters and publications reflect the various aspects of Ugo Ferranti's work: exchanges with artists and critics as well as the weaving of professional relationships and friendship with Italian and international galleries that will last over the years.
The gallery opened by Massimo d'Alessandro in 1974 immediately established itself as a reference point for European and American conceptual art. The documents on display show the dialogue of the works with the exhibition space, born from the reflections of the mid-seventies around radical architecture, minimalist and environmental art. The focus presents moments and central figures of the time including: Richard Nonas, Niele Toroni, Richard Tuttle, Mario Schifano, Christo, Marcia Hafif, Giulio Paolini, André Cadere, Maurizio Mochetti, Domenico Bianchi, Bruno Ceccobelli, Gianni Dessì, Giuseppe Gallo, Daniel Buren, Cy Twombly, Sol LeWitt, Jannis Kounellis.
The project also includes an exhibition focus in gallery 1 dedicated to Richard Nonas, the first tribute by an Italian institution to the great American artist who recently passed away. In addition to these two exhibition moments, a series of in-depth meetings on the art scene of the seventies and early eighties are scheduled. The project as a whole intends to return a scenario full of protagonists and ferments, in which the drive for political and social renewal and new cultural openings were closely intertwined with the events of art.