Wednesday 22 June 2016 ore 18:00 - 19:30

Book presentationGhenos Eros Thanatos e altri scritti sull’arte 1968-1985

Graziella Lonardi Buontempo Hall – admittance free while places available

Alberto Boatto, one of the leading figurers in Italian art criticism of the last 50 years

On the occasion of the presentation of a book that brings together a number of his writings, we shall be meeting Alberto Boatto, one of the most original figures in Italian art criticism of the last half century, known above all for his pioneering study of Pop Art published in 1967 and for a series of books that have punctuated his career from the 1980s through to the present day, books in which it is possible to measure the originality of his approach, the quality of his writing and the complex web of interests and cultural explorations – psychoanalysis, anthropology, literature, aesthetic theory – that nourish his vision.

Ghenos Eros Thanatos is the title of the important exhibition curated by Boastto at the de’ Foscherari gallery in Bologna in 1974 in which the works of 13 artists (from Alighiero Boetti to Gino De Dominicis, from Giosetta Fioroni to Jannis Kounellis, Eliseo Mattiacci, Vettori Pisani and others) undertook “a voyage around the extremities of life”: birth, sexuality and death. The text that appeared in the “map book” that accompanied the exhibition has now been republished in the book presented on this occasion, Ghenos Eros Thanatos e altri scritti sull’arte 1968-1985, curated by Stefano Chiodi in the series “Fuori Formato” directed by Andrea Cortellessa for the publisher L’Orma of Rome, together with a selection of articles, essays and critical presentations that appeared in magazines and catalogues that are now difficult to find.

A continuous arc from which emerges intact the internal tension of Boatto’s writing, cartographer of the present

Introduced by
Hou Hanru Artistic Director MAXXI

Alberto Boatto author and art critic
Massimo Carboni art historian and essayist
Stefano Chiodi curator

Bartolomeo Pietromarchi Director MAXXI Arte

An event organized in collaboration with the publishing company L’Orma