Homage to Claudia Gian Ferrari
Claudia Gian Ferrari hall
curated by Anne Palopoli
the exhibition’s closing has been extended to Sunday 8 November
“For what you really collect is always yourself,” wrote Jean Baudrillard, and a collection is, therefore, the personal story of those who create it little by little.
On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the death of the scholar, gallerist and passionate collector, Claudia Gian Ferrari, MAXXI pay homage to her with a focus in the room dedicated to her.
Claudia Gian Ferrari’s legacy to the Museum reveals some constants in the dynamics and choices of her collection, which has been built up through her ongoing relationship with artists, collectors, gallery owners and connoisseurs, with the contemporary art system that has developed in Italy since the 1990s.
Her house in Rome, – which overlooks the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore – was full of works, objects, sculptures and videos. Many of those are displayed now, telling fragments of our art history in addition to her passion and commitment. To promote and disseminate the art she loved the most and to make it accessible to a vast public, Gian Ferrari has made important donations in the last years of her life to enrich the heritage of various public collections, including the one destined for MAXXI in 2010 and consisting of 58 of the contemporary artworks in her collection in the Roman home. A gesture of incredible generosity and trust towards an institution that was then taking its first steps.