DONNE. CORPO E IMMAGINE TRA SIMBOLO E RIVOLUZIONE
until October, 13
Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Roma – Via Francesco Crispi, 24. Full € 7.50, reduced € 6.50
Tel. 06 0608 | www.galleriaartemodernaroma.it
From object of admiration to mysterious subject questioning her own identity, to the brand new image born from the ‘60s protests, the exhibition is an in-depht reflection over the female figure through the vision of those artists belonging to many and different art movements who repre-sented and celebrated women, from the turn of XIX century to our days.
The exhibition parades over 100 works – paintings, statues, graphic works, photographs and video-clips, some of which for the first time on display – belonging to Rome’s contemporary art collec-tions, testifying the centrality of feminine universe in art. Until the dawn of 20th century, repre-sentation of femininity is nestled into an oxymorous denouncing its ambivalence: on the one hand, the ethereal angel, on the other, the temptress, source of sin and perdition.
The deep social and political changes following the end of WWI, causing the crisis of traditional values, also caused the first scratch in this consolidated imagery. The social, cultural and political changes are reflected in the new feminine representation of visual arts.
Among the displayed portraits, the astonishing face of Elisa, Giacomo Balla’s wife, portrayed as she is turning to look someone, o something standing behind. The iconic value of the image lies in the glance turning surprise into seduction, the object of admiration into a mysterious and chal-lenging subject.
Reflections of images in mirrors wonder about their identity, enigmatic faces are blank to glances, realistic expressionistic nudes alternate with visions of a carefree mankind living in a timeless space.
The exhibition is further enhanced by video-installations, photographic reports and by the projec-tion of Giovanna Gagliardi’s movie “Bellissima”, that, by the means of Archivio Luce’s historic doc-umentation, movie clips, folk songs and interviews, tells by images the long path of 20th century women. The last section – dedicated to the connections between contemporary art evolution, fe-male emancipation and feminist struggles – exhibits documentary material by ARCHIVIA (Archivi Biblioteche Centri Documentazione delle Donne) taken from performances and authorial movies belonging to private collections, renown museums and public institutions.