Open Studio is the cycle of exhibitions set up in the spaces of Arnaldo Pomodoro’s Studio with which the Foundation explores and rediscovers works or moments in the artist’s career..
La negazione della forma. Arnaldo Pomodoro tra minimalismo e controcultura points the spotlight on the period 1966-1970, an extremely lively season, during which Pomodoro develops an unprecedented experimentation with forms – influenced by phenomena such as Minimal Art – giving life to groups of sculptures characterized by a extreme formal synthesis such as the Rotanti, the Forma X and Onda, the Vuoto pieno, but also a series of graphics in bright colors, which recall the chromatic ranges favored by Pop and Op artists.
In these same years, Pomodoro was the protagonist of crucial and stimulating experiences, between the United States and Italy: he taught on the Stanford and Berkeley campuses; he initiates and takes care of “counterculture” initiatives with other friends such as the avant-garde critical magazine Che Fare or the cycle of “public art” exhibitions Una scultura nella strada; he is a member of the organizing commission of the 1968 Venice Biennale…
The exhibition – curated by Federico Giani, curator of the Foundation – presents more than forty works by Pomodoro – including sculptures, graphics, multiples, drawings, models and prototypes –, a selection of archival materials, and some works by American artists – colleagues and students from the American campuses – with whom Pomodoro became friends in those years, such as Harold Paris, Sue Bitney, William T. Wiley and Stephen Laub.