Medardo Rosso. Pioneer of modern sculpture
SEP.22.2023 ──────── JAN.07.2024
Conversazione in giardino [Talk in the garden], 1896-1897
© Galleria Nazionale d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Roma
SEP.22.2023 ── JAN.07.2024
Recoletos Exhibition Hall
Paseo Recoletos 23, 28004 Madrid
In contrast to classically inspired sculpture, conceived as an expression of the immutable through mass and volume, Rosso dilutes the profiles of his figures in an attempt to capture the expression of emotions, in a creative process that explores time and again the differences (of light, of point of view, of materiality…) of sculpting a given figure.
Settled in Paris from 1889, he kept in close contact with intellectuals and artists (Rodin, Modigliani, Degas…) and came into close contact with photography, to the point of incorporating it as one of his working practices, but his career in the French capital was always overshadowed by the powerful influence of Rodin, to the point that on Rodin’s death Apollinaire wrote: Rosso is now, without a doubt, the greatest living sculptor. The injustice of which this prodigious sculptor has always been a victim is not being redressed.
This exhibition recovers his memory and his contribution through a wide selection of sculptures, drawings and photographs of his most experimental and innovative work.
Curator: Gloria Moure.