closed Medardo Rosso

Curated by: Francesco Stocchi, Paola Zatti

The show

The exhibition aims to be an opportunity for a broad reflection on sculpture, which will be able to make use of the juxtaposition of Medardo 's works with some of the greatest masterpieces of classicism kept in the Museum of Palazzo Altemps , in a path of reading the repertoire and modernity of artist therefore made even more stimulating and unprecedented.

The exhibition, in the rooms on the first floor, does not include a chronological but a thematic path, through some of the artist's subjects, of which different versions will be presented, in a choice determined not only for iconographic reasons, but above all for compositional and technical reasons: the Rosso's extraordinary originality in experimenting with absolutely unprecedented uses of materials and the consequent variety of material rendering will be returned through the selection of works in wax, plaster and bronze, the materials congenial to him in the rendering of what he himself defined "fugitive space of the hamlet of a second ".

Red's photographs will also be exhibited . In fact, starting above all from the end of the nineteenth century, photography assumes for Rosso the sense of an autonomous and complete research, an integral and irreplaceable part of an incessant work of shooting a few, essential images, which has, not surprisingly, an equivalent in that continuous reworking of the sculptures he conceived within the early years of the twentieth century that characterized the last decades of his career. For Rosso, photography was the occasion for a study on matter and light, now detached from the confrontation with reality.

The exhibition itinerary also intends to offer an opportunity for dialogue with antiquity, inserting within these extraordinary environments some testimonies of Rosso's relationship with the ancient, not yet properly investigated in the exhibition.

The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Milano, the support of the Medardo Rosso Museum and the organization and promotion of Electa.

Ph. Studiozabalik for Electa


Timetable and tickets


Piazza di Sant’Apollinare, 46
00186 Rome


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