“When you create there is an added energy that surpasses anything else.” – Louise Nevelson
Born in 1899 in Czarist Russia and then raised in America, Louise Nevelson is one of the most important figures of 20th century American sculpture. Having worked and studied under other famous artists like Diego Rivera and Hans Hoffman, Nevelson dabbled in many forms of art before settling on sculpting. She is perhaps most famous for her pieces made of wood.
Nevelson utilised everyday objects in her work. Her works are intricate, often layered with many pieces, and also, often 3D. Much of her art is easily recognisable as she painted many of her pieces in monochromatic black and white, while passing to gold in her later years. Whether Nevelson’s pieces are hanging on the wall, free-standing, or placed outdoors, one can always appreciate the new life that she breathed into the seemingly mundane objects with which she worked.
The Louise Nevelson exhibit at the Fondazione Roma Museo contains over 70 of the artist’s works. The pieces range from drawings, to wall pieces, to free-standing sculptures, to photographs of the artist herself. All is accompanied by detailed writings documenting Nevelson’s growth as an artist over the years. Growth that has seen her go from using mostly wood materials, to playing with plastic, and from painting in black to using gold-color as well.
While the exhibit itself is not very big, you should set aside a decent amount of time to work through Nevelson’s pieces because they are all very intricate and multi-layered. For instance, you can concentrate on all of the everyday objects that she used, and then stand back to see the bold piece as a whole. Aside from large slabs of wood, Nevelson layered all kinds of simples items such as old bed frames, table legs, triangle-shaped pieces, chairs, shovels, and more.
In other words, don’t miss it!
Fondazione Roma Museo
Palazzo Sciarra – Via Marco Minghetti, 22
Tues-Sun 10am-8pm, Entry fee €8-10