Oro d’Italia, an amazing collective exhibition, was recently inaugurated at the Casoli-De Luca gallery. As exceptional as the gallery, which recently opened in Rome’s Palazzo Albertoni Spinola and was founded by Sergio Casoli – a historic Roman gallerist – and Mattia De Luca – the nephew of important collectors – whom I have known both for several years.
The exhibit offers a historical experience. A journey into Italian art: in particular, from the second half of the twentieth century. A roundup of gilded works. Luminescence and variations on color and on the use of gold that make us rediscover that precious and fascinating metal. From gold in sacred stories to gold used in decorations, Oro d’Italia is an all-Italian poem, telling a story of a material that is part of our identerian tradition, omnipresent even in contemporary times.
From the Portrait of an Artist by Vincenzo Agnetti, in which the artist writes in gold letters on a dark background the phrase “I will go further”, to the golden background of the self-portrait by Michelangelo Pistoletto in 1960, to the notoriously provocative golden sculpture by Maurizio Cattelan, The Ninth Hour (2005), the Pope lying on his side, hit by a boulder (probably a meteorite). Three different works, three significant strands, developed together with more contemporary works, such as Chiara Fumai, Nico Fumai. I ragazzi come me, 1977 (2017), by Chiara Fumai, who recently passed away but will represent Italy at the Venice Biennale this year. And, again, a work in which gold is not seen, but is felt: Il silenzio è oro (1988), by Alighiero Boetti, one of his embroideries from the 1980s.
Oro d’Italia is divided into three parts. The first one is dedicated in general to “gold” (with Giacomo Balla, Fausto Melotti, Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana, Carla Accardi, Gastone Novelli and Piero Manzoni), the second contains a series of works by Arte Povera (with Michelangelo Pistoletto , Alighiero Boetti, Giulio Paolini, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Giuseppe Penone, Gino de Dominicis and Luigi Ontani), the third takes up the theme of “gold” with a focus on painting and sculpture (with Maurizio Cattelan, Chiara Fumai, Lara Favaretto, Giovanni Rizzoli and Rudolf Stingel).
Oro d’Italia is an exhibition full of suggestions, a special book on Italian art. Don’t miss it. A pleasant walk in the center in spring and a visit to the gallery will make you spend unforgettable hours…
Oro d’Italia, Casoli De Luca – Galleria. Artists on show: Giacomo Balla, Fausto Melotti, Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana, Carla Accardi, Gastone Novelli, Piero Manzoni, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Alighiero Boetti, Giulio Paolini, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Giuseppe Penone, Gino de Dominicis, Luigi Ontani Maurizio Cattelan, Chiara Fumai, Lara Favaretto, Giovanni Rizzoli, Rudolf Stingel.