Via Margutta sculpts Contemporary Art

16th September – 16th October 2016

Via Margutta, Rome
Curated by Gabriele Simongini

Cocktails served in the Galleria Monogramma


The exhibition will be opened by the Executive Councillor for Arts of Roma Capitale, Luca Bergamo, and the Chairman of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Italia e Mediterraneo, Professor Emmanuele F.M. Emanuele.

Great art returns to Via Margutta, a road which is now a legend and a place where five centuries of constant creativity flourished almost miraculously and a fervent and cosmopolitan world of painters, sculptors, photographers, stylists, musicians poets, film directors and actors played the leading role.  The beauty of this central yet secluded and quiet road, with its magnificent courtyards and the verdant embrace of the Pincio Hill, together with the vivid memories of the happiest times of his life (from the post-war period to the end of the nineteen sixties) induced Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emmanuele, Chairman of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Italia e Mediterraneo, to promote and support, in association with Giovanni Morabito’s Galleria Monogramma Arte Contemporanea, a project to combine two excellences, namely via Margutta and a selection of great Italian sculptors (Antonietta Raphaël may be considered Italian by adoption), two of whom had worked in this road for some time: Pietro Consagra and Pericle Fazzini.

Hence, in order to reillumine Via Margutta with great art in the hope reviving it, we decided to hold an outdoor exhibition, in the road.  For a month Roman citizens and tourists may stroll along this road accompanied by the discreet yet ineluctable presence of fourteen important sculptures (many of which have been kindly lent by Nicola Loi from the Studio Copernico in Milan), which Gabriele Simongini chose amongst the trends that varied throughout most of the twentieth century.  Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele declares, “I am delighted to have made a significant contribution, by means of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro-Italia e Mediterraneo which I have the honour to Chair, to the accomplishment of this project that involves some of the most esteemed artists of our times.  When I arrived in Rome as a youth, via Margutta was one of my favourite roads.  During the nineteen sixties this road was the epicentre of cultural life in Rome, as I often recalled when I held an exhibition in in Palazzo Cipolla entitled “The Unrepeatable Sixties”, which was crowded with the artists I loved, who in time became my friends such as Schifano, Angeli, Festa, Mambor and others”.

In his essay in the exhibition catalogue (Gengemi editore), the curator, Gabriele Simongini, states, “Throughout the twentieth century Italian art undeniably maintained the international leadership, which it had long since lost in painting, due to the excellence of its sculptors.  Hopefully, in the future Rome too will hold a major exhibition of international sculpture, like ‘Sculpture in the City’ in London.

Giovanni Morabito emphasises, “I have been thinking of this great event for many years: the monumental works by some of the most important twentieth century sculptors, two of whom actually worked in via Margutta, will enhance the world’s most famous road for an entire month.  I trust that this will be the first of a series of cultural events which aim to seriously revive this beautiful road that has hundreds of years of artistic history and was and still is greatly loved by many cultural personalities from Italy and Abroad.

The sculptors (in generational order) and the Works

  1. Arturo Martini, “Trilogia dei Re”, 1926/27-1989, bronze: “La principessa”, 100×46,5×26 cm; “La leggenda di San Giorgio”, cm.100×45,5×25; “Sposalizio dei principi”, 100x47x26 cm.
  2. Antonietta Raphaël, “Fuga da Sodoma”, 1935/1968, bronze, 240x105x65 cm.
  3. Francesco Messina, “Lady Macbeth”, 1980/92, bronze, 247x114x80 cm.
  4. Giacomo Manzù, “Tebe sulla sedia”, 1983/2004, bronze, 126x103x118 cm.
  5. Pericle Fazzini, “Figura che cammina”, 1933-1987, bronze,180x65x77 cm.
  6. Pietro Consagra, “Bifrontale uno”, 1977, green marble, 127x92x26 cm.
  7. Arnaldo Pomodoro, “Rotativa di Babilonia”, 1991, bronze, diametro 150×40 cm.
  8. Augusto Perez, “Kronos”, 1991, bronze, 240x100x160 cm.
  9. Eugenia Albini, “Ragazza al sole”, 1975, bronze, 80x40x40 cm.
  10. Giuliano Vangi, “Uomo nudo in piedi”, 1988, bronze, 203x65x52 cm.
  11. Floriano Bodini, “Paola e il cavallo”, 1982, bronze, 73x42x42 cm.
  12. Renato Mambor, two “Raccoglitori di pioggia”, 2011, aluminium, 208x50x120 cm Courtesy Marzia Spatafora Spazio Culturale, Brescia .
  13. Giuseppe Maraniello, “Il gatto dorme rotondo”, 2009, bronze and gold leaf, 220x130x70 cm.



Gianluca Morabito – – 0039 3480537611
Raffaella Salato (Fondazione Terzo Pilastro) – – 0039 3453799190
Francesco Lener (Gruppo HDRA – Consenso) – – 0039 3492806477