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Committenze Contemporanee 2

  • 08

February 2008

The Past in conversation with the Present: Giulio Paolini at the Villa Borghese Aviary.

Combining an exhibition dedicated to a Maestro of the past with a talk by a contemporary artist is the objective of the ten-year Committenze Contemporanee project at Villa Borghese (Rome). Linked to the exhibition programme of the historical Gallery, dedicated to leading figures in art history, is the work of contemporary artists who have had the opportunity of meeting and reflecting on the Borghese Collection, an archetype and part of the Country's identity. The next protagonist in this project will be Giulio Paolini.

Concluding the exhibition entitled Canova e la Venere Vincitrice (Canova and the Venus Victrix), Paolini creates a dialogue with Canova and Neoclassicism and presents, Tre per tre (ognuno è l'altro o nessuno) (Three for three (each the other or no one)) specially re-worked for the three rooms at the Villa Borghese Aviary. The comparison and reflection on the iconography of the neoclassical world — one of the topics that are dearest to the artist — are the source of the plaster casts of the same life-size seated figure, taken from L'Étude du dessin (1748-49) by Chardin. One of the three sculptures welcomes visitors in the foyer, while the remaining two are located at the centre of the two symmetrical side areas, facing each other. Several suggestions have been put forward: the idea of the portrait and the copy from the original, the theme of repetition, incessant self-questioning on the definition and reason of the work.

The Committenze Contemporanee project is part of a valorisation scheme for the historical collection of Galleria Borghese — consisting of prestigious masterpieces representative of the Country's identity — perfectly in line with UniCredit's commitment directed at supporting and safeguarding the territory, updating and spreading information regarding the artistic heritage.
This project has been created thanks to UniCredit & l'Arte , organized by Anna Coliva, director of Galleria Borghese and the Directorate General for quality and safeguard of the landscape, architecture and contemporary art. The works are on loan to UniCredit at the MAXXI in Rome to create a coherent body of work within the museum's collections.

The press conference is planned for 8 February at 11.00 am.


Piazzale Scipione Borghese 5, Roma
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