Da Duchamp a Cattelan.
Arte contemporanea sul Palatino

curated by Alberto Fiz
28 June - 29 October 2017
Foro Palatino, via di San Gregorio, 30 Rome

The Diagonale Palatina, created in 2016 by Mauro Staccioli for the Arcate Severiane on the Palatine Hill, is being presented in the exhibition Da Duchamp a Cattelan. Arte contemporanea sul Palatino (From Duchamp to Cattelan. Contemporary Art on the Palatine).

The project, which extends from the Stadium on the Palatine to the lower peristyle of the Domus Augustana, with the terraces and Arcate Severiane, consists of 100 works, with large installations, sculptures, paintings, photographs and works on paper by international artists, selected from the Museo ALT collection created by architect Tullio Leggeri.

“The Superintendency has planned this exhibition before the Colosseum Archaeological Park comes into being,” underlines the superintendent Francesco Prosperetti. “And its opening today is clear for all to see. The event has been devised by myself and Alberto Fiz, whom I have had the pleasure of working with for many years. The theme is having artists’ gestures restore vitality to places that life abandoned a long time ago, seen by visitors as sites where time has stood still. It is only through the gestures of artists that visitors can be given the feeling of a renewed sense of life in these places. The installations offer a meeting point between the past and present day. The choice made by the Special Superintendency has been to ask for the support of art institutions: this year we are being partnered with ALT – Arte Lavoro Territorio, the association promoted by Tullio Leggeri, one of the most important and unusual collectors of Italian contemporary art ”.

“We have been working on this project with Tullio for almost a year,” explains curator Alberto Fiz, “to study the best layout for the works. It’s not just a matter of choosing a series of works from a collection, but actually curating a project with works commissioned from the artists, from the 24-metre Diagonale Palatina by Mauro Staccioli, to Archipensiero by Gianni Pettena, and the Capitoline Temple with the gaunt wolf who can’t feed Romulus and Remus. There are a great many works made specifically for this exhibition…”.
(Ilenia Maria Melis, Artribune, 15 June 2017)

Catalogue by Electa