Sunday, November 08, 2009

A dose of culture in Rome

Piazza della Repubblica, between these two buildings there's the Via Nazionale, in the end of which there's the art gallery of Palazzo degli Esposizioni, the best there is in Rome in my opinion.

Last week I got to see the Calder's exhibition with my friends. I love visiting galleries in Rome, especially the one where we went (they've held the Bulgari, Rothko, Stanley Kubrick and Gegory Crewdson's retrospectives for example). It usually costs about ten euros if not more, but every first wednesday of the month it's free. I have to admit I hadn't heard about him before and it was a great discovery. I fell in love with his work. His art is so delicate and elegant. I tried to find some videos of his work, but there ain't no- all I found were these two works what were inspired by Calder's work. Check them out here! and here!
Ofcourse nothing to compare to Calder, but just to make the idea clear.


Some fact you may want to know:
- Alexander Calder, famous US artist born in Lawnton, Pennsylvania, in 1898 and died in New York in 1976.
- He is most famous for inventing the mobile.
- His Mobiles are some of the modern era's most celebrated icons.
- Exuberance, happiness, vigor and a strong and lively sense of humor are features that mainly describe Calder's work.
- After majoring in engineering, being awarded a diploma at the Art Students' League in New York and immersing himself fully in the Parisian Avant-Garde movement in the twenties, Calder went on in the following decade to produce his first Mobiles. In these sculptures, which were to become enormously popular, the artist harmonically fused shape, color and movement into an essential whole, which he himself saw as a "universe" where "each element can move, shift and oscillate back and forth in a changing relationship with each of the other elements".


About the exhibiton
- The exhibition at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni- over 100 works from major public and private collections and the Calder Foundation itself - set out in the form of a chronological journey designed to explore the artist's entire creative cycle starting in the twenties.
- An important selection of works also illustrates the way in which Calder wholeheartedly embraced the Abstract movement after paying a visit to Mondrian's studio in Paris. The visitor will also be able to track Calder's surrealist vein and his interest in biomorphic shapes through a series of masterpieces produced in the mid-thirties.


"Not extractions,

But abstractions

Abstractions that are like nothing in life except in their manner of reacting."


If you're in Rome or coming, until the 14th of Febrary, you should definitely see it!
The Palazzo degli Esposizioni homepage (click!)

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