On the occasion of the ninetieth anniversary of his birth, Palazzo Merulana presents the first retrospective exhibition dedicated to the artist Roberta Meldini, sculptor and designer who died in 2011, an important protagonist in the artistic panorama of the second half of the twentieth century.
From 6 to 29 November, a selection of over 50 works on display - 16 sculptures in bronze, concrete, and terracotta and 36 between paintings, engraving graphics and continuous line drawings - representative of the artistic production that, starting from the early 70s , reaches the end of the 90s of the twentieth century, although the artist's complete work spanned five decades, from the 1950s to the early 2000s.
Three of the artist's favorite themes are on display. Women: its sinuous monolithic figures are depicted isolated, in the most disparate poses - lying, sitting, standing - or in pristine naturalistic contexts with a fairytale character; portraits of people close to the artist or unknown characters, belonging to the most disparate social classes; finally the animals, a "humanized and typified" subject, very dear to Roberta Meldini: her bronzes, such as the Chant Clair, the Peacock, the Tortoise, the Chameleon and the Dying Cormorant, are as eloquent and independent as the animals are who live in the uncontaminated nature in which Meldini sets its graphic, engraving and continuous line production.
The different souls of the artist, as the curator of the exhibition Brigida Mascitti points out, are present through the common denominator of "praise to life", in any form of expression - human, animal and natural therefore - and through the peculiar stylistic code of Meldini, in his constant search for an original and distinct sign, but at the same time mindful of the national figurative sculptural production - Giacomo Manzù, Marino Marini, Emilio Greco, Venanzo Crocetti - and international - Henry Moore and Constantin Brancusi - of the early twentieth century.