POLLOCK AND THE NEW YORK SCHOOL
until February, 24
Complesso del Vittoriano, Ala Brasini – Via di San Pietro in Carcere. Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 09:30 am to 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 09:30 am to 10:00. Sunday from 09:30 am to 08:30 pm – full price ticket € 15.00, reduced price ticket € 13, visitors aged 4-11 € 7
Tel. 06 8715111 | ilvittoriano.com
Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and many other illustrious repre-sentatives of the New York School burst into Rome with all the energy and the breaking character that made them the eternal and unforgettable “Irascibles”. Anti-conformism, psychological intro-spection and experimentation are the three guidelines accompanying visitors of this exhibition: bright colours, harmonic and balanced shapes, abstract subjects and representations take viewers into the magnificent artistic milieu of abstract expressionism.
On display, about 50 masterpieces, including the famous Number 27, Pollock’s over 3 mt.-long large canvas, made iconic by the mas-terly balance between the brushstrokes of black and the fusion of the clearest colors. The exhibi-tion celebrates the May, 1950 revolution, generated by NY’s Metropolitan Museum of Art “scan-dal”: the Action Painters, excluded from an important exhibit, rebelled against the establishment.
In such a scenario of insurrection and social reversal, abstract expressionism stands as a vessel of modern pop culture, conjugating expressiveness of shapes and stylistic abstractionism. Action Painting is innovation, transformation, breaking of schemes, detachment from the past: an exhibi-tion renovating the emotions and feelings of the artists that molded an era in art history.