The Palazzo delle Esposizioni presents an exhibition project as part of Mostre in mostra. The cycle aimes at studying and enhancing contemporary art through the reconstruction of some relevant exhibitions that took place in Rome since the second half of the 20th century.
Mario Merz. Balla, Carrà, de Chirico, de Pisis, Morandi, Savinio, Severini was realized in 1978 and inaugurated at the historical Galleria dell'Oca near Piazza del Popolo on 15 March of the same year. It was born from the collaboration between Luisa Laureati Briganti, founder of the gallery, and the gallery owners Luciano Pistoi and Gian Enzo Sperone. The exhibition displays Mario Merz, a great exponent of Arte Povera, together with the leading Italian painters of the 20th century. It broke down, at the time, stylistic, chronological, and ideological barriers, just following the common thread of the history of art and the great quality of the works.
The path displays the three works originally exhibited by Merz and a further one presented at the same time at the Gallery of Gian Enzo Sperone, which significantly outline the artist's characteristics and materials: the neon, the Fibonacci numbers, the igloo, the wax, the taxidermied animal, the fagots and painted images on unframed canvases.
You can admire many of the artworks exhibited in 1978, created by Giacomo Balla, Carlo Carrà, Giorgio de Chirico, Filippo de Pisis, Giorgio Morandi, Alberto Savinio, and Gino Severini during their most productive years. Some of them have been replaced with others akin in terms of both quality and date due to the impossibility of tracing their current location.
The reconstruction follows a philological method and a certain approximation: the first is to reconstruct the original event, and the second is to give life to a complete and enjoyable current one. The most important documents - from the archive of Luisa Laureati Briganti - on which the reconstruction of the exhibition is based, are available for consultation at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni.
Certain features see Mario Merz. Balla, Carrà, de Chirico, de Pisis, Morandi, Savinio, Severini. Rome 1978 into dialogue with Pier Paolo Pasolini. Everything is Sacred. The body poetic, set up simultaneously at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni: the presence of de Pisis and Morandi, two of the intellectual's most loved painters, and his leading role in making the Galleria dell'Oca one of the liveliest places of the Roman season, as testified by a series of 1967 photographs exhibited alongside the documentary material relating to the exhibition.
Mario Merz. Balla, Carrà, de Chirico, de Pisis, Morandi, Savinio, Severini. Roma 1978 is promoted by Roma Culture and Azienda Speciale Palaexpo.
dal 29 novembre 2022 al 26 febbraio 2023
dalle ore 10.00 alle 20.00 (ultimo ingresso ore 19.00)