Curated by one of the greatest philosophers of our time, Giorgio Agamben, the exhibition traces the more than fifty years of activity of the painter Dieter Kopp (Prien am Chiemsee, Bavaria 1939 - Ardea 2022).
German by birth, Kopp moved to Rome in 1966, binding himself deeply to his chosen city, to the point that Agamben, among the painters he has known, he alone considers truly Roman. The exhibition set up on the first floor of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni presents a selection of works - mainly oils on canvas or wood, but also drawings made with different techniques, especially pastels - through which to retrace all the main subjects that the artist has invested with his painting: the landscapes of Paros (1970s), still lifes (Zurbarán 1 and 2, 1975-1976); Villa Balestra in Rome and other views of the city created over different periods (from Rome in 1989 to the Roman Forum. Afternoon in 2008); the interiors (Reflections, 1977, Courtyard in the morning, 1980-1981), Notre-Dame (1983-1984); the nudes (large-scale paintings, drawings and watercolors from the 1970s and 1980s), the bowls (1990s and 2000s). To define Dieter Kopp's painting, Jean Clair coined the neologism "adsenza", evoking a state of suspension, halfway between absence and presence. A painting that Giorgio Agamben, a friend of the artist since the years of his arrival in Rome, saw placed in a gesture that was both peremptory and nuanced.