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  • Lori-Ann Touchette

“Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture in Italy”

The exhibition “Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture in Italy” at the Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna was an extraordinary event in 2015 that presented works of 64 artists from the post-war period to the present day. Curated by Nino Caruso and Mariastella Margozzi, the first room was dedicated to Leonardo Leoncillo (1915-68) in the centenary of his birth. From the 1930s onwards, Leoncillo’s special relationship with the then director of the GNAM, Palma Bucarelli, resulted in major holdings of his works (11 in total) in the collection. The works on display traced his stylistic evolution from figuration (“San Sebastiano” 1929) through neo-cubism (“Bombardamento notturno” 1954), to “Arte Informale” (“San Sebastiano bianco” 1962). In the 2016 installation of the GNAM “Time is Out of Joint”, the pieces have been detached from their chronological framework but are valorised by their association with works in other media and artistic idioms. #romacittàdellaceramica #romeceramiccity #terracotta #ceramics #leonardoleoncillo #GNAM #contemporaryceramicsculptureinitaly @ La Galleria Nazionale

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