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Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro - Gastone Novelli, Retrospective Exhibition

  • 09

    March 2006
  • 10

    May 2006
Milano - Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro  

From 9 March to 10 May 2006, the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro will host a major retrospective of the work of Gastone Novelli, one of the great figures in postwar European painting.

Absent from the public eye in Milan since 1983, year of his big exhibition of works on paper at the Padiglione d'arte contemporanea, the show reconstructs Novelli's entire expressive history by way of a selection of c. 200 works, some of which have only been exhibited once, some never at all. It is the largest exhibition ever dedicated to this artist.

The exhibition is organised into three sections.

The first documents the artist at the height of his maturity through large- and extremely large-scaleworks, from "Rosso fiore della Cina" (Red Flower of China) of 1967, more than 5 metres across, to "Cancello per sempre la parola" (I Cancel the Word Forever) of 1968, 350x200 cm.

The show also recreates the gallery at the 1968 Venice Biennial, when Novelli quite probably would have won one of the major awards had the whole thing not been closed to the public under the cloud of tension created by the clashes between protestors and the police.

The second analytically follows Novelli's expressive evolution from his early maturity in 1957 to the end, through a selection of paintings and drawings on paper.

The third examines Novelli's artistic adventures outside the boundaries of painting, starting with the world of publishing, where he illustrated texts by authors such as Pierre Klossowski, Samuel Beckett, Giorgio Manganelli and Alfredo Giuliani, not to mention his fundamental collaborations with writers like Claude Simon, with whom he enjoyed a long friendship, epitomised by Simon's having made him one of the protagonists of his famous novel Le jardin des plantes.

The exhibition shows the original plates and editions of nearly all of these publications. Novelli also helped bring to life historic journals such as L'esperienza moderna and Grammatica, exemplars of the European climate of the late '50s-early '60s.

Realised in collaboration with the Archivio Novelli and the artist's main collectors, the show is curated by Flaminio Gualdoni, artistic director of the Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, and by Walter Guadagnini, with scientific contributions by scholars like Brigitte Ferrato-Combe and Giorgio Maffei, not to mention the loans from museums and private collectors.

The catalogue of the show, published by Skira, reproduces all the exhibited works, accompanied by essays on the artist printed here for the first time and an ample biographical and bibliographic apparatus. 

The exhibition is made possible by the Gruppo Poste Italiane and the patronage of the Province and Municipality of Milan's cultural authority.




Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro
Tel. 02. 89075394

Visiting hours:
Wednesday - Sunday: 11-18 (entrance closes at 17)
Thursday: 11-22 (entrance closes at 21).

Full price - 7 €
Discounted - 4 €

Reservations, guided visits and didactic workshops (including Sunday):
Ad Artem, tel. 02.6596937 - 02.6597728; fax: 02.6599269;