Over 200 art works from Italian and international artists from the 70’s in Rome are on show in the immense marble-clad Palazzo delle Esposizioni, to discover what made the art world tick in this decade of free flowing ideas. The exhibit is divided into separate striking rooms demonstrating a multitude of artistic attitudes. A time of conceptual art, supremacy of the idea rather than skill grew, with a refusal of traditional pressures. Because people in Rome had greater everyday freedom at this time they could express themselves through breaking things down and trying to understand how they work, with some of the first reductions and reproductions of one simple theme.
I especially enjoyed ‘Albero di 3,50 metri’ (Tree of 3.5 metres) by Giuseppe Penone, an early ring of a large tree carved out with painstaking care showing what it looked like many years ago. The concept is inspiring, with a sense of nostalgia through a fresh outlook. What also struck me was the artist’s attempt to create a thesis of everything, as a sum of individual visions; portraying reality with a total abstention of judgement such as ‘Time, Error, Space’ by Gino de Dominicis, a skeleton of a man with roller-skates walking his skeleton dog. In this way artists chose to interpret others and the world through youthful exploration instead of opposition.
17 Dec 2013 – 2 Mar 2014
Palazzo delle Exposizioni
Via Nazionale, 194
Tue-Sun 10am-8pm, Fry-Sat 10am-10.30pm