70’s in Rome

Rome’s importance in the 1970s may be attributed largely to the lively activity of the galleries and cultural associations that played such a crucial role in promoting and hosting contemporary Italian and international art: Fabio Sargentini’s “L’Attico”, Plino De Martiis’ “La Tartaruga”, Gian Tommaso Liverani’s “La Salita”, the International Art Encounters founded in 1970 by Graziella Lonardi Buontempo and chaired by Achille Bonito Oliva, Gian Lorenzo Sperone and Konrad Fischer, Massimo D’Alessandro and Ugo Ferranti, and many others besides. To this list of galleries and cultural associations we may add the activities of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna and of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni itself, as well as the work performed towards the end of the decade in venues “self-managed” either by the artists in person – Gap, Jartrakor, La Stanza, S. Agata dei Goti and Lavatoio Contumaciale – or by such feminist groups as the Cooperativa del Beato Angelico. These players and institutions gave the city a frenzied programme of exhibitions, performances and debates in a rapid succession of events that allowed artists to immediately verify the impact of their work on the general public, and that turned the city into one of the world’s leading centres of contemporary art. But the importance of art in Rome in the ‘seventies was due first and foremost to an exceptional string of artists, many of them from Rome itself, many others from outside the city but who chose to reside in the city and numerous foreigners who lived, and showed their work, in Rome throughout the decade. Their work, the undisputed star of this exhibition, was all either produced or shown in Rome in the ‘seventies. Much of it is now in private or public collections while some of it is still owned by the artists themselves. (Daniela Lancioni)Palazzo delle Esposizioni
17 dic 2013 – 2 mar 2014
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