ANIMALS AT THE COURT Lives never seen in the Royal Gardens

Musei Reali Torino

5 may – 16 october 202


curated by Stefania Dassi e Carla Testore


The exhibition, Animals at the Court. Lives never seen in the Royal Gardens, curated by Stefania Dessi and Carla Testore, is the proposal with which the Royal Museums intent to create an innovative tour in which the tecniques and languages of contemporary art interact with the setting of the ancient residence. The path winds, in part, in the Royal Gardens, a fundamental element of the identity of our museum, as well as a precious meeting place and sociality for citizens and tourists. The animal world and its artistic interpretations lend themselves to representing the places of the past, mythology, beliefs and the evolution of mankind itself. Consistent with this representative potential, the works will populate not only the exterior but also some rooms of the Royal Museums (Palazzo Reale, Armeria Reale and Galleria Sabauda), so that references and connections can be established between the sculptures and the animals depicted in the works that constitute the heritage of museums.

Italian artists, of our time or the recent past, each with their own expressive language and with a free choice of executive techniques and materials, were invited to present their own interpretation of the animal world. In the setting of the historic residence, the exhibition transforms the Royal Museums into a place of wonder and knowledge, in which the public is called  to move as if in a sort of colorful and lively zoo.

The artists on display are: Mariagrazia Abbaldo and  Paolo Albertelli, Maura Banfo, Nazareno Biondo, Nicola Bolla, Stefano Bombardieri, Jessica Carroll, Fabrizio Corneli, Cracking Art, Diego Dutto, Ezio Gribaudo, Michele Guaschino, Luigi Mainolfi, Gino Marotta, Mario Merz, Pino Pascali and Velasco Vitali.









Erica Ravenna Gallery – Via della Reginella 3 - Rome

Sunday 24 October 2021, 6 pm


Speeches by Lorenzo Canova, Laura Cherubini, Isa Francavilla Marotta and Andrea Viliani



On Sunday 24 October at 6.00 pm the Gino Marotta Archive will be presented at the Erica Ravenna Gallery.

Lorenzo Canova, Laura Cherubini, Isa Francavilla Marotta and Andrea Viliani, members of the Scientific Committee, talk about to shed light on the common thread that has crossed and united different moments in Gino Marotta's artistic creation.

The Archive aims to become a study and research laboratory capable of promoting and enhancing the overall image of Marotta, his artistic production and his conception of art.


The other members of the Scientific Technical Committee will also be present: Giorgia Calò,  Carlo Francavilla, Manfredi Maretti, Angelandreina Rorro and Nicola Spezzano




Permanent exhibit


L'arte e il design del periodo repubblicano nella Casa degli Italiani


Palazzo del Quirinale Roma e Tenuta Presidenziale di Castelporziano

Open to the public from 1 October 2021


Curate by Renata Cristina Mazzantini



The Italian President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella attended the inauguration of the 2020-2021 edition of “Quirinale Contemporaneo” (Contemporary Quirinale) project at the Quirinale, which saw further additions made to this collection of contemporary works of art and design objects open to the public. The Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini was also present.

Cristina Mazzantini, Professor of Preservation at the Politecnico di Milano, curated all the stages of this initiative, including its scientific aspects, selected the artists and exhibits, and was also responsible for the catalogue, edited by Treccani with photos by Massimo Listri.

Since 2019, 101 contemporary works of art and 102 design objects have featured in the three editions of Contemporary Quirinale, enriching the extraordinary cultural heritage of the presidential collection at Palazzo del Quirinale, the Castelporziano Estate and Villa Rosebery.

Artists on display will include Giorgio de Chirico, Lucio Fontana, Gino Marotta, Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani, Giulio Paolini, Luciano Fabro, Fausto Melotti, Marino Marini, Gastone Novelli, Pino Pascali, Leoncillo, Piero Manzoni, Emilio Isgrò, Paolo Scheggi as well the brilliant designs of Gio Ponti, Fornasetti, Gae Aulenti, and Bruno Munari, Alessandro Mendini, Carlo Scarpa, Ettore Sottsass, Aldo Rossi, Enzo Mari.

This ongoing initiative proves that far from resting on the laurels of its magnificent tradition, Italy, today as in the past, is an extraordinary powerhouse of creativity.” explains Cristina Mazzantini.







Fondazione Pino Pascali - Via1 Parco del Lauro 119, Polignano a Mare

2 July -15 November 2021


Curate by di Rosalba Branà and Lorenzo Canova



The exhibition Dialoghi: Pino Pascali / Gino Marotta opens on 2 July at 6.30 pm at the Pino Pascali Foundation. Artifici Naturali, curated by Rosalba Branà and Lorenzo Canova, a comparison and encounter between two protagonists of the renewal of Italian and international art in the 1960s.

Peers - both were born in 1935 - the two artists were united by a bond of friendship made of poetic affinities and vision. Pascali and Marotta have given life to a new idea of ​​the work of art and its relationship with the viewer, through the encroachment and immersion of environmental art, to which the two artists have made basic and still very topical contributions.

Interest in the new materials offered by the industrial world and, in contrast, the continuous return to nature, the contamination with the sectors of scenography and advertising, television and cinema, in which both have been active.

The two authors have traced a research path in fundamental exhibitions such as Lo Spazio dell'Immagine in Foligno (1967) and 4 artistes italiens plus que nature in 1969, the famous Parisian exhibition of which Pino Pascali was the protagonist together with Marotta ( with Mario Ceroli and Jannis Kounellis), despite having tragically passed away the previous year.

With this exhibition, the Pino Pascali Foundation continues its path of critical historical investigation that places Pascali's work in comparison with that of other masters, in a game of references, poetic visions, common inspirations. The exhibition can be visited until October 17, 2021 in compliance with the anti Covid-19 regulations.





A.B.O. THEATRON. Art or Life


Museo d'Arte Contemporanea - Castello di Rivoli

25 June 2021 – 9 January 2022


Curatorial development and coordination by Andrea Viliani
Concept by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Achille Bonito Oliva



Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea presents ‘A.B.O. THEATRON. Art or Life,’ an exhibition dedicated to one of the most important Italian contemporary art historians, critics and curators, Achille Bonito Oliva.

‘A.B.O. THEATRON. Art or Life’ is part of the overall project Espressioni which investigates the multiple forms of expressivity that cross the history of art and society seeking an understanding of “Expression” that transcends the Eurocentric canon and any unique artistic movement.

In conjunction with this exhibition, Achille Bonito Oliva has donated his entire archive to the CRRI, making the valuable intellectual heritage he has collected over more than sixty years – from his early teenage writings to his most recent productions – available to national and international scholars. Achille Bonito Oliva’s archive will be studied, displayed and published for the first time on this occasion.

“It has been a continuous discovery and a great privilege,” comments Andrea Viliani, Curator and Head of CRRI, “to have had the opportunity to dedicate two years to the study of a yet unpublished archive such as this one, attesting to the over sixty years of critical and curatorial activity of Achille Bonito Oliva. Our exhibition is a milestone in the Castello di Rivoli and CRRI program dedicated to the greatest curators of the 20th century.”

On the occasion of this exhibition, a bilingual (Italian/English) fully illustrated catalog has been published by Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea and Skira, with an introductory essay by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and an interview between Achille Bonito Oliva and Hans Ulrich Obrist. New essays by Marcella Beccaria, Andrea Viliani, Cecilia Casorati, Laura Cherubini, Clarissa Ricci, Stefano Chiodi, Andrea Cortellessa, Carlo Falciani and Paola Marino are also included and complemented by entries dedicated to the main exhibitions curated by Bonito Oliva, plus an extensive bio-bibliography and chronology.

The curatorial project ‘A.B.O. THEATRON. Art or Life’ was developed by Andrea Viliani, Curator and Head of CRRI, from a concept by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Achille Bonito Oliva. He was assisted by an advisory committee whose members are Marcella Beccaria, Head Curator and Curator of the Museum Collections, along with Cecilia Casorati, Laura Cherubini, Stefano Chiodi, Paola Marino, art historians and curators who, over the years, have closely followed Achille Bonito Oliva’s research, publications and curatorial activity.





THE MAN AND ART. Lucas Cranach il Vecchio, Giorgio De Chirico, Jean-Auguste-Dominique

Ingres, Jannis Kounellis, Gino Marotta, Giulio Paolini, Mario Schifano.


Erica Ravenna - Arte Contemporanea, Via della Reginella 3, Roma

21 april – 10 july 2021


Catalog edited by Fabio Benzi, Laura Cherubini



The gallery reopens with the exhibition The Man and the Art (L'Uomo e l'Arte). Once again it underlines the importance of the relationship with history as a founding element of the various expressions of visual art.

A selection of works by Jannis Kounellis, Gino Marotta, Mario Schifano and Giulio Paolini, in which the reference to past and more recent art history is evident, is mirrored in an unprecedented comparison with the original sources of inspiration: Lucas Cranach the Elder, Giorgio De Chirico and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.

This presents a dialogue that reveals the history of images and questions the collective representations of the Western memory and culture. The exhibition will outline the results of a research that the iconologist Aby Warburg would have called the eternal “survival of the ancient”, from the classical era to the early twentieth century.

In the Sixties, a new generation of creatives broke traditional previous artistic canons. A new multifaceted approach emerged and seemed to want to break once and for all with the bridges of the past and denied historical references. Marinetti had already loudly urged the destruction of museums, libraries and academies in Italy. A country whose artistic heritage is intrinsically part of the construction of the national identity. However, this warning could only have been taken by future generations as a premonition.

In fact, the works in the exhibition show how the Italian artists belonging to this generation, have frequently drawn from the repertoire of ancient art history and beyond. These recover formal stylistic features and intentionality, re-elaborating or directly quoting iconographies, thus testifying how the past can never be said to be completely concluded in the present.

It is of this relationship that this exhibition wants to speak of. It underlines the value that it has had in Italy and Europe in the formation of a cultural identity proper to the Western world, and of how it can be traced even in the latest art movements.





The six years of Marcello Rumma 1965-1970

Museo MADRE - Neaples

15 december 2019 – 29 june 2020


Curated by Gabriele Guercio, Andrea Viliani



Donnaregina Foundation for Contemporary Arts presents the first retrospective exhibition, curated by Gabriele Guercio with Andrea Viliani, dedicated to Marcello Rumma (Salerno, 1942- 1970), a central figure in the Italian and international cultural debate between the 1960s and 1970s.


Marcello Rumma developed his research, both short-lived and intense and pioneering, as a promoter of exhibition and editorial projects, connoisseur and passionate collector, intellectual and friend of the artists, organizing exhibitions and promoting publications dedicated to the most experimental artistic practices of his time. Projects recognized today as central experiences in the history of contemporary art such as, among others, the three editions of the International Exhibition of Figurative Arts of Amalfi (Aspects of the «Return to things themselves», by Renato Barilli, 1966; The impact perceptive, edited by Alberto Boatto and Filiberto Menna, 1967; Arte povera + poor actions, by Germano Celant, 1968).

In addition to supporting and making these initiatives possible, Rumma was also active in other fields, from teaching (he was the founder of the Centro Studi Colautti and awards and magazines for young artists) to publishing initiatives (launching, in 1968, the Rumma Editore publishing house which he published, in a timely manner, fundamental texts in philosophy, art, theater and cinema, including the first Italian translation of the writings of Marcel Duchamp, Machand du Sel, and the artist's book The Black Man, the unbearable side of Michelangelo Pistoletto ).


The exhibition, organized in close collaboration with the Rumma Archive, is also the result of a research project carried out as part of the ARCCA-ARchitettura della Conoscenza CAmpana Project.






Italian landscapes in 150 years of art, photography, video and installations

PALP Palazzo Pretorio - Pontedera

8 December 2019 - 26 April 2020


Concept and organization by Daniela Fonti and Filippo Bacci di Capaci



The exhibition is divided into various sections that, using painting, photography, video, film and installations, lead visitors to immerse themselves in the feelings and reflections that the landscape has inspired in the artists and photographers and to appreciate and understand works that aim to be not only engaging images, but also documents going through the entire culture of an era. The fact is that landscape painting is the result of a very complex process of interpretation and ’reconstruction’ of nature, which involves the historical reference moment with its system of relationships, the artistic culture to which the artist belongs, and individual history.

Through a long story that uses painterly, sculptural and decorative arts, photography and new media – from the mid-nineteenth century to today – the exhibition revolves around creative thinking about the landscape...

… Since the 1960s the landscape has mostly been an internalized reference to a deeply individual experience. However, it is on the side of pop art and nascent conceptual researches that the landscape takes on full legitimacy in artists committed to focusing on the theme of the encounter between painting and new expressive media and new industrial materials, in an effort to create new languages ​​and total objectification of the image.


On display there are works by Giovanni Fattori, Giovanni Boldini, Giacomo Balla, Fotunato Depero, Giulio Aristide Sartorio, Duilio Cambellotti, Antonio Donghi, Ottone Rosai, Giorgio Morandi, Mario Mafai, Afro Basaldella, Carlo Levi, Fausto Pirandello, Tancredi, Giulio Turcato, Mario Giacomelli, Gino Marotta, Mario Schifano, Luigi Ghirri, Gabriele Basilico, Michelangelo Pistoletto and others.






Civic Museums of Palazzo d’Avalos - Vasto

19 July - 6 October 2019


curated by Lorenzo Canova



A project dedicated to a fundamental line of late twentieth-century Italian art, an itinerary that brings together the main protagonists of a special historical moment, an intertwining of visions and expressive forms that left the younger generations a fundamental legacy: the Superpop exhibition 20/21 aimed to present the vitality of the artists’ research related to the context of Pop Art...


The itinerary starts from the leader of an artistic movement, Mimmo Rotella, a precursor of the School of Piazza del Popolo and of the Roman Pop area, on display with Franco Angeli, Umberto Bignardi, Marisa Busanel, Mario Ceroli, Claudio Cintoli, Tano Festa, Giosetta Fioroni, Sergio Lombardo, Renato Mambor, Bruno Mancinotti, Gino Marotta, Titina Maselli, Pino Pascali, Luca Maria Patella, Mario Schifano, Cesare Tacchi.

In this current we also find protagonists of art in Milan like Valerio Adami, Enrico Baj, Paolo Baratella, Lucio Del Pezzo, Emilio Tadini, or in Turin, Bologna and Florence, like Piero Gilardi, Ugo Nespolo, Concetto Pozzati, Gianni Bertini, Umberto Buscioni and  Gianni Ruffi, showing the freshness and diffusion of these researches extending to the visual poetry of Nanni Balestrini.






MACTE, Termoli Museum of Contemporary Art

28 April - 28 May


curated by Laura Cherubini and Arianna Rosica.



MACTE inaugural exhibition, the Termoli Museum of Contemporary Art, the first space dedicated to contemporary art in Molise.

There are about sixty works on display among the over 400 of the Termoli Prize Collection, dated from 1955 until today, mostly paintings on canvas but also sculptural works created with a variety of techniques and materials, selected by Laura Cherubini and Arianna Rosica for setting up the seven MACTE exhibition halls. In the central space of the museum the curators pay tribute to Mario Ceroli and Gino Marotta, two great artists who participated in the Termoli Prize.





GIORGIO DE CHIRICO, BACK TO THE FUTURE. Neo-metaphysics and contemporary art

GAM - Turin

19 April-25 August, 2019


Curated by Lorenzo Canova and Riccardo Passoni



The exhibition Giorgio De Chirico Back to the Future, Neo-metaphysics and Contemporary Art at GAM in Turin affords a dialogue between the neo-metaphysical painting of Giorgio De Chirico and the generations of artists who, in particular from the sixties onwards, were influenced by his work, recognizing that he was the master who inspired their new vision and that with his neo-metaphysics he set up a direct dialogue with the younger generations.


The exhibition connects De Chirico’s works with Italian and international art trends such as Pop art by Andy Warhol, Valerio Adami, Franco Angeli, Mario Ceroli, Lucio Del Pezzo, Tano Festa, Giosetta Fioroni, Ezio Gribaudo, Gino Marotta, Ugo Nespolo, Concetto Pozzati, Mimmo Rotella, Mario Schifano, Emilio Tadini…





LIGHT MOVEMENT. The experimental cinema of Marinella Pirelli

Museo del Novecento - Milan

22 March - 25 August, 2019


Curated by Lucia Aspesi and Iolanda Ratti



The Museo del Novecento presents Luce Movimento Marinella Pirelli's experimental cinema, produced by the Municipality of Milan Culture with Electa and curated by Lucia Aspesi and Iolanda Ratti. The works that saw her involved in experimental cinema will be presented, taking into consideration the period between 1961 and 1974, in which Marinella did her last work.

At the centre of the exhibition is Film Ambiente, a cinematographic structure you can walk through, created, patented and presented at the De Nieubourg Gallery in 1969.

In the catalogue Tommaso Trini describes it as follows:

The subject of the film is the elementary symbols contained in the parallelepiped sculptures of the New Paradise by Gino Marotta; the idea of the environment was initially modelled on the spatiality of the work of the Roman sculptor. In the De Nieubourg experiment, the soundtrack was done by Livio Castiglioni.


Other films featured in the exhibition and inspired by Gino Marotta's sculptures are the following:

New Paradise, 1969 (Film, 16 mm, 7’50’’).

It is inspired by the series of sculptures by Gino Marotta entitled The New Paradise exhibited at the De Nieubourg Gallery.

Natural-Artificial, 1968-69 (Film, 16 mm, 15’30’’).

Based on the exhibition Natural-Artificial by Gino Marotta held at the Ariete Gallery 1968.

Light movement, 1967 (Film, 16 mm, 10’30’’).


In the film there is a succession of abstract and geometric shapes based on the works presented in the exhibition Light and movement in Europe, at the Ariete gallery in Milan in 1967. The film shows with great precision the installations by Gianni Colombo, Bruno Munari, Gino Marotta, Lucio Fontana and Grazia Varisco.






Erica Ravenna Fiorentini Gallery - Via Margutta 17, Rome

16 October 2018 - 15 February 2019


Curated by Laura Cherubini and Erica Ravenna



"I have always acted on the basis of uncontrolled curiosity, of an idea of ​​art as a synthesis of nature and artifice."


Gino Marotta (Campobasso, 1935 - Rome 2012) is one of the protagonists of the Italian and international artistic scene of the 1960s, who presents an innovative vision of art, through the use of new chemical/industrial materials, in particular methacrylate, which he works out poetically, deriving lyrical universes from it.

With this means, the artist chooses to explore what most characterizes his poetics, that is the dualism between nature and artifice, light and transparency, work and environment that leads him to recreate imaginary scenarios populated by transparent figures, drawn from the world of nature but openly artificial and emptied of any corporeal consistency.

The Erica Ravenna Fiorentini gallery paid tribute to Gino Marotta with a one-man exhibition, retracing the most significant stages of his artistic career, from big iron bands to methacrylate sculptures, the expression of his investigation of modernity.

As the artist stated, the combined use of methacrylate and artificial light lays bare the mechanism of thought. Through methacrylate the immateriality of light becomes material itself. A fundamental feature of his work is showing the internal construction procedures: this is another sign of the artist’s belonging to the great cultural line of modernity.


Conversation on Gino Marotta

On Monday 3 December 2019, a conversation will be held on Gino Marotta on the occasion of the exhibition The Fabulous World of Gino Marotta.

The speakers will include the following: Lorenzo Canova, Laura Cherubini, Maria Vittoria Marini Clarelli, Isa Francavilla Marotta, Daniele Cordero di Montezemolo and Piero Sartogo.


Catalog presentation

On Wednesday 6 February 2020, at 6.30 pm, at the Erica Ravenna Fiorentini Gallery in via Margutta 17, in Rome, the presentation will take place of the catalogue of the exhibition The fantastic world of Gino Marotta, curated by Laura Cherubini and Erica Ravenna, with a text by Laura Cherubini.

The speakers will include Laura Cherubini, Ludovico Pratesi and Angelandreina Rorro.





OCTOBER 1968. “arte povera piu’ azioni povere” at the Amalfi Arsenals

Castello di Rivoli Research Institute

13 October 2018 - March 31 2019


An exhibition of photographic documentation from the archive of Lia and Marcello Rumma organized by CRRI



On the occasion of the Contemporary Day promoted by AMACI and the fiftieth anniversary of the poor art plus poor actions festival (Old Arsenals of the Republic, Amalfi, 4-6 October 1968), the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art dedicates a documentary exhibition to this fundamental moment of post-war art. poor art plus poor actions was organized in 1968 by the Colautti Study Center in Salerno promoted by Marcello Rumma, an enlightened collector, publisher and patron, and curated by Germano Celant.

The exhibition was the first important moment of internationalization of the artists of the Sixties in which protagonists of conceptual art, post-minimalism and Land Art met, looking forward to renowned exhibitions like When Attitudes Become Form (Kunsthalle Bern, Bern; Institute of Contemporary Art, London, 1969), Op Losse Schroeven: Situaties and Cryptostructuren (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 1969) and Documenta 5 (Kassel, 1972).

The Amalfi festival can be considered the first Arte Povera exhibition held in a public space. The participants included Ableo, Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Jan Dibbets, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Paolo Icaro, Pietro Lista, Richard Long, Gino Marotta, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Gianni Piacentino, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini, Ger van Elk and Gilberto Zorio.





100%ITALIA. One hundred years of masterpieces

Ettore Fico Museum - Turin

21 September 2018 - 10 February 2019


Exhibition conceived, curated and coordinated by Andrea Busto

Pop Art and the like, curated by Lorenzo Canova



100% Italia is an exhibition dedicated to the last hundred years of Italian art, from the early twentieth century to the present day. With an exhaustive historical pathway, the project is an opportunity to highlight the pre-eminent role of Italian art, which succeeded in leaving a deep impress on European and world creativity. The artists, considered as cornerstones of international culture, are each present with one or more works representative of their development and the historical period they belong to. The greatness of the artists can therefore be assessed in an unicum and in a sequence that allows the visitor to make an extraordinary journey through a period of one hundred years.


From Lorenzo Canova’s catalogue text: … Italian Pop thus found one of the natural centres of irradiation in Rome, the city of mass media, cinema, radio and television, where there exploded what has happily been called the School of Piazza del People which, starting from the work of Mimmo Rotella, witnessed the activity of many protagonists like Franco Angeli, Mario Schifano, Tano Festa, Sergio Lombardo, Renato Mambor, Cesare Tacchi, Mario Ceroli, Gino Marotta, Giosetta Fioroni, Claudio Cintoli, Luca Patella and Umberto Bignardi, in a context also involving the activity of female artists like Marisa Busanel, Laura Grisi and Titina Maselli.



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