Rome | “Nature Forever”, Piero Gilardi’s works at the MAXXI


The MAXXI is dedicating a major monographic exhibition to Piero Gilardi’ work. Curated by Hou Hanru, Bartolomeo Pietromarchi and Marco Scotini, “Nature Forever” retracts life and work of a master of contemporary Italian art through over 60 works showcase his career, from the Sixties to the present.

cover-image: Piero Gilardi, ANGURIE, (watermelons)1967, expanded polyurethane, 200×200 cm. Fondazione Gilardi collection, photo Piero Gilardi.

Nature Forever” presents Gilardi’s 50-year career in which art, criticism and politics are intertwined. From the complex relationship between man and nature, it investigates the era of consumerism and the use of new technologies in a presentation tackling and exploring themes such as ecology, the relational nature of art and social and political commitment.
The exhibition is divided into four sections, each of which includes both works and archive materials (sketches, texts, original photographs, small works) allowing a comprehensive overview of the artists thinking and poetic.


Piero Gilardi, Rotolo di tappeto – Terreno di montagna, 1966, 100×400 cm. Fondazione Gilardi collection. Photo Leo Gilardi 

As the curators explain:“With over 60 works – from the famous “Nature-carpets” to the interactive installations, and through the Living Art Park of Turin along with important pieces exhibited for the first time in years or reconstructed for the occasion – the exhibition reviews the career of a master for whom art and life are identified with and become militant commitment, starting out from that as an ecologist.
An artist who is also a critic, researcher and political and social activist. For Gilardi, the artistic object goes beyond the purely 
aesthetic dimension: it is not made to be contemplated but experienced, shared and participated. And it is this interactivity that runs throughout the show.


Piero Gilardi, TIKTAALIK, 2010 , 400 x 90 x 120 cm.Fondazione Gilardi collection, foto Francois Fernandez .


Piero Gilardi, IPOGEA, 2010, 200×110 cm. Fondazione Gilardi collection, foto Peter Cox.


1st May parade in Turin, 2016.

Nature Forever
13 April /15 October , 2017
MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts
via Guido Reni, 4 – Rome


Piero Gilardi in Rubiana,11.06.16 .

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