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November 10December 05, 2020

Rome – Milan: Space and Colour, Rhythm and Matter

Press release

Mazzoleni London is pleased to present Rome Milan: Space and Colour, Rhythm and Matter.
The show brings together a number of the leading figures of the Italian art scene that were operating in these two major Italian cities with works realised mainly between the 1950s and 1960s.
While Milan was principally associated with Northern European research, Rome created a bridge to the North American scene, bringing substantial innovations to the visual culture. There were numerous opportunities for debate and inter-connection between artists during major institutional events such as the Venice Biennale, group shows and art magazines produced in the 1950s and 1960s. The dialogue between Rome and Milan was in fact lively and continuous thanks to the work of historic Italian art galleries of which a number of artworks in this exhibition come from.

Rome – Milan: Space and Colour, Rhythm and Matter, exhibition view 2020, Mazzoleni London
Rome – Milan: Space and Colour, Rhythm and Matter, exhibition view 2020, Mazzoleni London

There is something miraculous in these pictures: sweet abstruse or precious reminiscences of everyday materials, invested with a conceptual exaltation and by an objective severity that is startling…

E. Villa, Burri. Opere 1944 - 1995, p.260

Alberto Burri

Sacco Bianco Nero , 1956

Burlap and oil on Celotex
78 x 50 cm
30 3/4 x 19 3/4 in

Alberto Burri

Nero Cretto , 1978

Acrovinyl on Celotex
51.5 x 71.5 cm
20 1/4 x 28 1/8 in

Jannis Kounellis

Untitled , 2015

Iron and burlap
100 x 70 cm
39 3/8 x 27 1/2 in

Mario Schifano

Manifesto al 1° Canale TV a Marinetti e al Primo Futurismo, 1967

Mixed media on newsprint
112.5 x 73 cm
44 1/4 x 28 3/4 in
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Rome – Milan: Space and Colour, Rhythm and Matter, exhibition view 2020, Mazzoleni London
Rome – Milan: Space and Colour, Rhythm and Matter, exhibition view 2020, Mazzoleni London

Piero Dorazio

Untitled, 1959

Oil on canvas
113 x 147 cm
44 1/2 x 57 7/8 in

Giulio Turcato

Superficie lunare, 1971

Oil on foam rubber on canvas
70 x 100 cm
27 1/2 x 39 3/8 in
Paris, Galerie Stadler,
Paris, Galerie Stadler, "Peintures de Accardi - Sculptures de Delahaye", 1956.

Carla Accardi

Labirinto rosso , 1955

Enamel and casein on canvas
60 x 100 x 2 cm
23 5/8 x 39 3/8 x 3/4 in

Giuseppe Capogrossi

Superficie 127, 1955

Oil on canvas
60 x 73 cm
23 5/8 x 28 3/4 in
Rome – Milan: Space and Colour, Rhythm and Matter, exhibition view 2020, Mazzoleni London
Rome – Milan: Space and Colour, Rhythm and Matter, exhibition view 2020, Mazzoleni London

An art based on the forms created by the subconscious and equilibrated by the reason constitutes a veritable expression of being and a synthesis of the historical moment.

Lucio Fontana, Manifesto Blanco, 1946

Lucio Fontana

Concetto Spaziale, Attese, 1959

Waterpaint on canvas
100.5 x 125.3 cm
39 5/8 x 49 3/8 in

Lucio Fontana

Concetto spaziale, Attese, 1965

Holes and graffiti on aluminium sheet
25.3 x 36.4 cm
10 x 14 3/8 in

Fusto Melotti

Contrappunto IV, 1970 (1971)

Edition of 3 + 1 AP (#3/3)
Stainless steel
100 x 100 x 28 cm
39 3/8 x 39 3/8 x 11 1/8 in

Enrico Castellani

Superficie Bianca, 1968

Acrylic on canvas
81.5 x 100.5 cm
32 1/8 x 39 5/8 in
Rome – Milan: Space and Colour, Rhythm and Matter, exhibition view 2020, Mazzoleni London
Rome – Milan: Space and Colour, Rhythm and Matter, exhibition view 2020, Mazzoleni London

Dadamaino (Eduarda Maino)

Volume, 1958

Waterpaint on canvas
70 x 50 cm
27 1/2 x 19 3/4 x 1 1/8 in

Agostino Bonalumi

Rosso , 1961

Shaped canvas and vinyl tempera
60 x 90 cm
23 5/8 x 35 3/8 in

Piero Manzoni

Achrome, 1958-1959

Creased canvas and kaolin
18 x 24.5 cm
7 1/8 x 9 5/8 in
Manzoni working in his studio
Manzoni working in his studio

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