Tribute to Master Calabria at Palazzo Cipolla

ENNIO CALABRIA – Rome
Exactly sixty years after his first solo exhibition (Galleria La Feluca, Rome, November 1958) and just over thirty years after his last anthological exhibition in Rome (Museo di Castel Sant’Angelo, 1987), Ennio Calabria receives an important tribute through the large anthological exhibition held in the halls of Palazzo Cipolla as requested by Professor Emmanuele F. M. EmanueleThe exhibition curated by Gabriele Simongini, has been promoted by Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale and produced by POEMA in association with the Archivio Calabria with the technical support of Civita Mostre.
Around eighty artworks between paintings (some of which have been produced in 2018 for the occasion) and pastel drawings will recount the entire career of this master of Italian and European visionary and existential figuration.  Since 1958 this Roman artist had created works rich in a complex and anxious pictorial vitality and strongly imaginative that agree with a very lucid philosophical and anthropological speculation.  In practice, with surprising and highly imaginative dashes Calabria has painted and is painting pictures that manage to represent the transformation process of our society and people today, almost prophetically denoting his potential future metamorphoses.  He believes that painting primarily has a testimonial value; it is a metamorphic and complex living entity into which the artist pours all his heart.
Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele, Chairman of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale affirmed,  “Ennio Calabria has ferried Italian and European figurative art from the last century up to the present, establishing himself as a leading artist always in keeping with his time.  The works of this artist, to whom I am delighted to dedicate such a rich and complete anthological exhibition, emanate energy and vitality which mirror his critical and passionate approach to the world that surrounds him and lead to a comprehensive investigation of the existential condition of contemporary individuals and the dynamics of an ever developing era.”
The exhibition will open with a very significant painting “Imponderabile nel circo”, which was exhibited in his first solo exhibition in 1958 and will then present the artist’s most known masterpieces (“La città che scende”, 1963; “Funerali di Togliatti”, 1965, rarely exhibited; “Pantheon”, 1978-79; “Il Traghetto per Palermo”, 1984; “La città dentro”, 1987; “Eretto antropomorfo”, 1993, etc.). There will be ample space to display artworks produced from 2000 to date (“Presentimento d’acqua” and “Ombre del futuro”, 2008; “Il pensiero nel corpo”, 2010; “Patologia della luce”, 2012; “L’Uomo e la Croce”, 2016, etc.), including the five unpublished paintings created in recent months.  Particular attention will be paid to the portraits (from “Stalin”, 1964; “Mao Pianeta”, 1968 to “Italo Calvino. Voglia di eterno”, 2013 just to mention a few, without overlooking those dedicated to Pope John Paul II) and the self-portraits, pastels and a small selection of posters produced over the years.
The exhibition catalogue, published by Silvana Editoriale, will contain texts by Professor Emanuele, Gabriele Simongini, Claudio Crescentini, Paola Di Giammaria and Ida Mitrano and an interview with Ennio Calabria by Marco Bussagli, as well as all the exhibited works, a selection of the artist’s writings (selected and commented by Tiziana Caroselli) and an ample biography.
Some of the most important documentaries and footage focusing on the artist will be screened at the exhibition.  The artist will welcome visitors to the Museum of Palazzo Cipolla and introduce himself in a video clip produced for the occasion by Raffaele Simongini.