These works portray the city of Rome in the early ’60s, transformed and revisited through the visual imagery of the artists of the so-called School of Piazza del Popolo – although many of the artists involved in this period have denied the existence of a single trend, this name is still used nowadays to refer to this era and the stylistic choices of the artists involved, despite the diversity in the works.
“Roma Pop City 60-67”
July 13 – November 27, 2016
MACRO – Contemporary Art Museum Rome
Sala and Foyer, Via Nizza 138, Rome
From an artistic point of view, this is one of the most exciting moments for the city of Rome, full of intellectual and experimental stimuli, due to the intense artistic and cultural activity led by Franco Angeli, Nanni Balestrini, Gianfranco Baruchello, Umberto Bignardi, Mario Ceroli Claudio Cintoli, Tano Festa, Giosetta Fioroni, Jannis Kounellis, Sergio Lombardo, Francesco Lo Savio, Renato Mambor, Gino Marotta, Titina Maselli, Fabio Mauri, Pino Pascali, Luca Maria Patella, Mimmo Rotella, Mario Schifano, Cesare Tacchi and Joseph Hooks.
The artists participating in the exhibition take the rapidly changing city and redefine it by transforming it into art. They achieve this by means of a visual imagination in which Rome, its spaces, its urban components, road signs, advertising, monuments, but also its natural environment become inspiration for a different figurative, iconic, non-descriptive setting that fully meets all the commercial and productive fees of American Pop Art, marking new boundaries, spaces and theories.
A new international artistic reality has been created, passing from the Informal Painting from the fifties into a concept which is strongly attracted to the urban context and the icons of society and mass consumption, also drawing from the historical representation of the Italian movements of the early twentieth century, especially Futurism and Metaphysicality. After all it is the new myths, the needs of the new urban class in the era of economic boom, which are pushing these artists to interact with the population itself.
Pop, popular art or folk, “by the people and for the people” is only one of themes and slogans used in the second half of the 60’s, which brought the recovery of an artistic figurative formula, from 1960-1967. Right before famous 1968 (to which the MACRO will dedicate a further exhibition to be carried out exactly in its fiftieth anniversary), the year which became a symbol “of the revolution”, both visual and political.
In the catalog (published by Manfredi) we will present unpublished essays by: Nanni Balestrini, Lorenzo Canova, Laura Cherubini, Andrea Cortellessa, Claudio Crescentini Alberto Dambruoso, Marco Di Capua, Costantino D’Orazio, Stefano Malatesta, Domenico Monetti, Raffaella Perna, Federica Pirani , Fabio Sargentini, Silvia Volpicelli. Also published will be new interviews to Achille Bonito Oliva and Lorenza Trucchi and the revival of a now historical interview (1990) by Maurizio Calvesi.
From September 2016 a series of meetings with artists, cultural figures and scholars will take place at the MACRO, proposing many different workshops and guided tours for schools of all levels, universities and academies, adults and families, with particular attention to the world of disability, through the activation of specific learning paths.