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EDWARD HOPPER 16th FEBRUARY 2010 > 13th JUNE 2010


The Edward Hopper exhibition, after the great success had at Palazzo Reale in Milan, will arrive in Rome at the Museo Fondazione Roma. The roman venue will add other masterpieces from American museums, be displayed in an original, engaging exhibition layout and a new edition of the catalogue will be published.
Promoted by the Fondazione Roma, the initial driving force behind the exhibition, thanks to the initiative of its Chairman Professor Emmanuele Francesco Maria Emanuele, the exhibition is produced with Comune di Milano – Cultura and Arthemisia Group in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Fondation de l’Hermitage in Lausanne. The exhibition is curated by Carter Foster, the Whitney Museum curator. Edward Hopper’s career is closely linked to the Whitney Museum of American Art, which hosted various exhibitions of his works from the first in 1920 at the Whitney Studio Club, to the memorable shows held in the museum in 1960, 1964 and 1980. Since 1968, thanks to the bequest of the artist’s widow Josephine, the Whitney has been home to his entire legacy: more than 2,500 works which include paintings, drawings and etchings.
Aside from the 160 works on show in the Milan exhibition, the Rome event will feature more of the artist’s great masterpieces, including the beautiful Self-Portrait of 1925-1930, as well as The Sheridan Theatre (1937), New York Interior (circa 1921), Seven A. M. (1948), and South Carolina Morning (1955) along with their preparatory drawings. These extraordinary paintings will complete the group of famous works exhibited in Milan, such as Summer Interior (1909), Pennsylvania Coal Town (1947), Morning Sun (1952), Second Story Sunlight (1960), A Woman in the Sun (1961) and the stunning Girlie Show (1941). The exhibition explores the whole of Hopper’s oeuvre, and all the techniques used by an artist now viewed as a great master of the twentieth century.
Most of the works are length by the Whitney Museum but also by other important American museums as the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, the Terra Foundation for American Art in Chicago and the Columbus Museum of Art.
Structured in seven sections according to chronological order and theme, the Italian exhibition covers Hopper’s entire oeuvre, from his education, to his years as a student in Paris, up to his “classic” and best-known period of the 1930s, 40s and 50s, closing with the large, intense images of his later years. The show explores all of the artist’s favourite techniques: oil, watercolour and etching, and devotes special attention to the fascinating relationship between his preparatory drawings and his paintings: a vital aspect of his work that up till now has not been greatly explored in the exhibitions dedicated to him. The exhibition also exceptionally includes one of his Artist’s ledger Book, the famous ledgers he and his wife compiled, and which contain sketches of many of his oil paintings. The visitor will have the opportunity, thanks to a touch screen, to glance through it.
The captivating layout designed by the team Master IDEA with the eye-catching, evocative settings is focused on the visitor’s interaction. The aim is to let visitors experience Hopper’s works as reconstructions of physical spaces, focusing above all on the architectural element. The audience enter the exhibition through an atmospheric nocturnal setting, with a reconstruction inspired by the bar of the famous painting Nighthawks, this entrance invites exhibition-goers to enter literally Hopper’s world and become part of the painting.
The exhibition also features a photographic, biographical and historical component, tracing American history from the 1920s to the 1960s: the Depression, the Kennedys, the boom years. An opportunity for greater insight into today’s global recession and Barack Obama’s America.
After Rome the exhibition will be displayed at the Fondation de l’Hermitage in Lausanne.

Nature according to De Chirico 9 April - 11 July 2010

Palazzo delle Esposizioni Roma

In conclusion of the celebrations dedicated to the great Italian master Giorgio de Chirico during 2008-2009, Palazzo delle Esposizioni is honouring the founder of Metaphysical Art with a major exhibition. Metaphysical Art, one of the most significant and fertile cultural movements of the 20th century, will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2010.

Born of an Italian noble family in 1888 in Volos, the heart of classical Greece, de Chirico was educated in Munich where he was influenced by Symbolist painting and the philosophy of Nietzsche and Schopenhauer. Metaphysical Art came into being in 1910 in Florence when the artist painted The Enigma of an Autumn Afternoon and was further developed in Paris and Ferrara. De Chirico (who passed away in Rome in 1978 at 90 years of age) dedicated his entire life to exploring the poetic possibilities of an art aimed at revealing the enigmatic quality of reality.

The exhibition, which presents works from the entire range of the artist's production - from his symbolist debut, to the development of Neo metaphysics in his later years - places an accent on a specific theme: de Chirico's consideration of Nature. The concept of Nature is a constant focal point in de Chirico's work: whether idealised in mythological landscapes, exalted in the poetical apparition of his famous still-lifes, transfigured in the hallucinating urban landscape of the Italian Piazza, or frozen within the strict geometry of the mannequin. Whether interpreted as ordered Cosmos or as Chaos, Nature is undecipherable on its own and requires the artist to come up with a solution to the enigma of its appearance, an enterprise Giorgio de Chirico endeavoured upon over the course of his long artistic career.

Curated by one of the most celebrated art critics of today, Achille Bonito Oliva, the exhibition will examine circa 120 paintings on loan from some of the most important public and private collections, including rarely show works and some that have never been seen before. The show comprises seven distinct thematic sections, distributed in a rich and evocative itinerary in the seven galleries surrounding Palazzo delle Esposizioni's monumental Rotunda.
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