The exhibition “Rome Pop City 60-67” is held at "MACRO - Museo dell’Arte Contemporanea di Roma” (translated “Contemporary Art Museum of Rome”) from July 13th until November 27th 2016.


It shows more than 100 works, going from paintings, sculptures and photos to installations, artist films and documentaries, retrieved thanks to the collaboration with the national film library, the “Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Cineteca Nazionale”. These works all refer to Rome in the first years of the 60s, transformed and lived again through the fantasy of the artists from the so-called “Scuola di Piazza del Popolo” (literally “Piazza del Popolo School”).

From the artistic point of view, that particular moment was one of the most exciting ones for the City of Rome, full of cultural incentives and experimental ideas, thanks to the intense artistic and cultural activity by Franco Angeli, Nanni Balestrini, Gianfranco Baruchello, Umberto Bignardi, Mario Ceroli, Claudio Cintoli, Tano Festa, Giosetta Fioroni, Jannis Kounellis, Sergio Lombardo, Francesco Lo Savio, Renato Mambor, Gino Marotta, Titina Maselli, Fabio Mauri, Pino Pascali, Luca Maria Patella, Mimmo Rotella, Mario Schifano, Cesare Tacchi and Giuseppe Uncini. These artists took back their rapidly changing and continuously developing City, converting it into art, through their visual imagination, where Rome, its spaces, its urban components, its road signs, the advertisements, its monuments as well as its nature and environment become inspiration for a new figurative setting-out. This one, iconic but not descriptive, goes beyond American Pop Art’s commercial and productive standards, marking, then, its borders, spaces and theories.

Pop, coming from “popular” or “with a popolar nature”, “from people and for people”, thanks to the retrieving of an artistic formula of pictorial and figurative kind, got concentrated within the span 1960-1967, waiting for 1968, by now considered “the crucial year for our society”, to which MACRO will pledge another exhibition in 2018 for its fiftieth anniversary.

The exhibit, organized by "Zètema Progetto Cultura", promoted by “Roma Capitale – Sovrintendenza capitolina ai Beni Culturali” and curated by Claudio Crescentini, Costantino D’Orazio and Federica Pirani, boasts a Scientific Comitee composed by Nanni Balestrini, Achille Bonito Oliva, Maurizio Calvesi, Laura Cherubini, Andrea Cortellessa, Claudio Crescentini, Costantino D’Orazio, Raffaella Perna, Federica Pirani, Fabio Sargentini and Lorenza Trucchi.

Walkable Rome kindly invites every expat, visitor, and blogger in Rome to visit this exhibition, which takes place at MACRO museum, in Via Nizza 138 (within Salario Neighborhood), until the end of November 2016.

Popular Work by Nanni Balestrini

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