exhibition
19 November 2021 > 25 September 2022

Ugo Ferranti ArchiveRome 1974 - 1985

the exhibition’s closing has been extended to Sunday 25 September 2022

lobby/archive wall
curated by Maria Alicata

opening hours

Monday closed
Tuesday to Friday 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday 10 am – 7 pm
the ticket office is open until 1 hour before the Museum closing

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A moment rich in characters and ferment, when the drive for political and social renewal and the new cultural openings were closely intertwined with the world of art.

For the first time, MAXXI is devoting a focus to the archive of a gallery, granted on loan for use to MAXXI at the behest of Maurizio Faraoni. Letters, manuscripts, photographs, invitations, posters and publications illustrate the various aspects of Ugo Ferranti’s work: the exchanges with artists and critics and the weaving of professional relationships and friendships with Italian and international galleries that would last over the years.

The gallery, opened by Massimo d’Alessandro in 1974, immediately established itself as a point of reference for European and American conceptual art. The displayed documents reveal the dialogue between the works and the exhibition space, which was born out of reflections in the mid-1970s on radical architecture, minimalist art and environmental art. The focus presents central moments and figures of the period including: Richard Nonas, Niele Toroni, Richard Tuttle, Mario Schifano, Christo, Marcia Hafif, Giulio Paolini, André Cadere, Maurizio Mochetti, Domenico Bianchi, Bruno Ceccobelli, Gianni Dessì, Giuseppe Gallo, Daniel Buren, Cy Twombly, Sol LeWitt, Jannis Kounellis.

The project also includes an exhibition focus in Gallery 1 dedicated to Richard Nonas, the first tribute by an Italian institution to the great American artist who recently passed away. In addition to these two exhibitions, a series of in-depth meetings on the art scene of the 1970s and early 1980s is also planned. The project intends to portray a scenario rich in protagonists and ferment, in which the drive for political and social renewal and the new cultural openings were closely intertwined with the events of art.

header: Pubblico siede sulla scultura Plow (Roma) all’inaugurazione della mostra di Richard Nonas, Roma, ArtePer, 20 giugno 1974. Foto Mimmo Capone