Independent and unconventional, with a strong and lively personality, capable of combining different worlds and cultures in her works, Antonietta Raphaël was a leading exponent of the Scuola romana and life partner of the painter Mario Mafai. The paintings, sculptures and works on paper on display at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, accompanied by documents, photographs, letters and pages of her diaries, make up a multifaceted portrait of the “Lithuanian of Rome”, recounting her intense life, her complex and original artistic parable.
The title of the exhibition alludes to the strong autobiographical component in Antonietta Raphaël’s work and evokes dreamlike and imaginative dimensions in which the female figure is the main protagonist. The mirror, which stands for self-representation, splitting in two, a tool for investigating her own inner world, thus becomes the leitmotif and the metaphor of his poetics.
Curators Giorgia Calò and Alessandra Troncone identified four themes Raphaël’s artistic activity: the self-portrait, with the famous “Autoritratto con tuta blu” from the 1940s; femininity and motherhood, with the sculpture “Tre sorelle” dedicated to her daughters Miriam, Simona and Giulia; Jewish origins, the subject of several works that offer new insights into female representation, in particular through the figures of Judith and Tamar; and finally the relationships with her entourage, with the portraits of leading figures and personalities of her time, such as Giacomo Manzù, Renato Guttuso, Katy Castellucci.
The exhibition includes a selection of works by Mario Mafai together with an original video documentary realized specifically for the show.
From Tuesday to Sunday from 9.00 to 19.00
Last admission 45 minutes before closing
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