Women. Body and Image Between Symbol and Revolution

24.01.2019 - 13.10.2019

Women. Body and image between symbol and revolution. At the Galleria d’Arte Moderna a reflection on the female figure through artists who have represented and celebrated women in the various artistic currents and cultural temples in the late nineteenth century, throughout the twentieth century and up to the present day.

Women. Body and image between symbol and revolution
About 100 works, including paintings, sculptures, graphics and photography, some of which have never been exhibited before or not exhibited for a long time, coming from the contemporary art collections capitoline – Galleria d’Arte Moderna and MACRO – to document how the universe feminine has always been a favorite object of artistic attention, from an object to be admired, as an angel or a temptress, to a mysterious subject who wonders about his own identity up to the new image born of the contestation of the sixties.

The route of the exhibition
The exhibition itinerary is accompanied by documentary material, video installations, photographic and filmic documents, coming from the Bologna Film Library and the Istituto Luce-Cinecittà Archive, which have taken care of the creation, taken from cinematographic works and newsreels, as well as videos of artist’s performance and film.

In the series of portraits on the second floor of the exhibition stands out, among others, the face of Elisa, the wife of Giacomo Balla, portrayed while he turns to look at something or someone behind him. The iconic value of the image is enclosed in the look that changes the amazement in seduction and curiosity transforming the portrait of the young woman from an object to admire to a mysterious subject.

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The film Bellissima in a room of the exhibition
In a room of the exhibition is shown the film, produced by the Istituto Luce, Bellissima (2004) by Giovanna Gagliardi which, through historical documents of the Luce Archive, film clips, popular songs and interviews tells the story of women’s journey in the twentieth century .

The last section of the exhibition, dedicated to the dynamics and relationships between the developments of contemporary art, women’s emancipation and feminist struggles, presents documentary material from ARCHIVIA – Women’s Libraries Documentation Centers – and testimonies of performance and film artist of some protagonists of that fundamental season coming from private collections, important museums and public institutions (Museum of Rome in Trastevere, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – National Film Library, Galleria Civica of Modern Art Turin, MAMbo – Museum of Modern Art of Bologna, MART – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto – Tullia Denza Archive).

For the entire duration of the exhibition the course is enriched by new works presented to the public with meetings included in the cycle The work of the month according to a calendar being programmed from March.

Location: Gallery Of Modern Art, 24, Via Francesco Crispi, Rome
Date: January 24 – October 13
Time: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00am – 6:30pm
Cost: 7.50 Euros


Gallery Of Modern Art, 24, Via Francesco Crispi, Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy


7.50 EUR

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