Enzo Cucchi and Rome: We Were The Avant-Garde

Enzo Cucchi and Rome: We Were The Avant-Garde

MACRO - Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome

Enzo Cucchi
Study for Costume Interiore, 2009
Courtesy: the artist

January 15, 2010

Enzo Cucchi: Costume Interiore


MACROroots of the contemporary
Rome: We Were The Avant-Garde

In collaboration with Incontri Internazionali d’Arte

23 January – 5 April 2010

Via Reggio Emilia 54 Roma


MACRO is pleased to present: Enzo Cucchi Costume Ineriore, a “visionary tower” that unfolds a magnific world of images, and Rome: We Were The Avant-Garde, a retrospective on the great 1970′s avant-garde exhibitions “Vitalità del Negativo” and “Contemporanea,” which pays homage to Graziella Lonardi Buontempo.

The great installation by Enzo Cucchi, Costume Interiore, is a “visionary” tower consisting of three metal cylinders, one on top of the other, which the visitor is invited to enter, in order to discover the universe of images it reveals. Inside the tower, anthropomorphic presences and hanging figures (heads, skulls, agglomerations of paint, and thin spheres) reverberate in an emotional and visual counterpoint and create a real “inner costume.”

Emerging from the fundamental link between Cucchi’s work and the world of theatre (which transforms the attire of performance into “costume”), Costume Interiore turns into an intimate and interior “other” place, and takes the visitor on a visionary journey to the very origins of the image and of the senses.

Rome: We Were The Avant-Garde, curated by Luca Massimo Barbero and Francesca Pola, is a story in images devoted to the work of Graziella Lonardi Buontempo, a prime mover in the Rome’s art scene since the early 1970s, and a tireless promoter of the most advanced art research.

The exhibition, part of the project “MACROroots of the Contemporary,” is the first to be dedeicated entirely to a reinterpretation of two key moments in the history of contemporary art: “Vitalità del negativo nell’arte italiana 1960/70″ – which in 1970 transformed Palazzo delle Esposizioni into a gigantic multimedia world – and “Contemporanea” – an international interdisciplinary review that inaugurated the vast underground parking lot of Villa Borghese in 1973. Both exhibitions, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva and made possible by Graziella Lonardi, represented in that time a new and revolutionary way of presenting and discussing art.

Rome: We Were The Avant-Garde will show art-works, photographs, documents, letters and films that will enable visitors to re-experience these two highly significant moments in the history of Twentieth-Century art in relation to the present world.

The exhibitions are promoted by the City of Rome, Council of Culture and Communication – Superintendence of Cultural Heritage

Via Reggio Emilia 54, Roma, Italy.
Tuesday – Sunday 9 am-7 pm
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