Beverly Pepper at the Ara Pacis Museum

Beverly Pepper at the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome.

The link between American artist Beverly Pepper and ‘the city of her heart,’ also known as the eternal city of Rome, was established at the beginning of the 1950s. Soon after her first solo sculpture exhibition in New York in 1961, Pepper showed her sculptures in Rome at Gallery Pogliani with a catalogue by Giulio Carlo Argan.

From this point on, Pepper would create her sculptures using different mediums: clay, wood, steel, iron, copper; that would inspire her to create art and installations in cities en-plein-air.

Beverly Pepper at the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome.
Photo: Carlo De Gori – Trevimage

The four monumental sculptures stand between 4 and 5 meters high, and are made of corten steel. Their proportions outside of Ara Pacis are a reflection of the precarious balance between the physical and existential condition. With this work Pepper explores the mystery of the natural form, affirming that the very existence of the sculptures lies purely in the spatial realm.

Beverly Pepper at the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome.
Photo: Gianfranco Gorgoni

Inside of the Ara Pacis another 5 small iron sculptures are displayed, as part of the series Curvae in Curvae. The sculptures complete the exhibition, and invite you to reflect on the instability of modern day.


Museo of Ara Pacis

Lungotevere in Augusta, Rome

Till 15 March 2015
From Tuesday to Sunday h 9.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.
Last admission one hour before closing time


Ara Pacis Museum
€ 10,5 Full; € 8,5 Discounted;

Combined Ticket Museo of Ara Pacis + Exhibitions
€ 18 Full; € 14 Discounted

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