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Eliseo Mattiacci: Sculpture in Action - Book presentation



Eliseo Mattiacci: Sculpture in Action - Book presentation

Book presentation:

Eliseo Mattiacci: Sculpture in Action

Chronicling a great postwar Italian sculptor’s years in Rome

Published by: Ridinghouse


Italian sculptor Eliseo Mattiacci (1940–2019) is known for his contributions to the Arte Povera

and Minimalism movements in postwar Italy.

This lavishly illustrated publication is the first to focus on Mattiacci's years in Rome from the 1960s to the '80s.







Lara Conte is an art historian and professor of contemporary art history in the Department of Philosophy, Communication, and Theater at Roma Tre University. In 2007, she received the National Prize for the history and criticism of Italian contemporary art promoted by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and by the MAXXI Museum in Rome. She has collaborated on research and curatorial projects with numerous museum and cultural institutions, including: GAM - Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Torino; Kunstmuseum, Winterthur; Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano; Museo MAXXI, Rome; Galleria Nazionale in Rome; Kunstmuseum, Vaduz; Magazzino Italian Art, New York. Her research is centered on the study of Arte Povera and on Italian procedural research, from the history of exhibitions and the criticism of the 1960s and ‘70s to the relationships between practices, criticism, and feminism. With Cecilia Canziani and Paola Ugolini, she curated Io dico io – I say I for the Galleria Nazionale di Roma, in conjunction with the Woman Up program. Her publications include: Materia, corpo, azione. Ricerche artistiche processuali tra Europa e Stati Uniti. 1966-1970 (Electa, Milan 2010); Carla Lonzi: la duplice radicalità. Dalla critica militante al femminismo di Rivolta (with V. Fiorino and V. Martini, ETS, Pisa 2011); Carla Lonzi. Scritti sull’arte (with L. Iamurri e V. Martini, et. al, Milan 2012), Paolo Icaro. Faredisfarerifareveder (Mousse Publishing, Milan 2016); Artiste italiane e immagini in movimento. Identità, sguardi, sperimentazioni (with F. Gallo, Mimesis, Milan 2021).


Cornelia Mattiacci is the Exhibition Curator at Fondazione Prada, Milan. She has worked as a researched for the following exhibitions: Post Zang Tumb Tuuum, curated by Germano Celant, (2018); Il Sarcofago di Spitzmaus e altri tesori, a project by Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf (2019). She was the Associate Curator of the K project – an exhibition and book dedicated to the work of Franz Kafka (2020), curated by Udo Kittelmann – and a researcher for the exhibition Human Brains. It Begins with an Idea (2022), an exhibition curated by Udo Kittelmann in dialogue with the artist Taryn Simon. She is the curator of the Studio Eliseo Mattiacci, a project that promotes and values the archive of the artist Eliseo Mattiacci (1940-2019), collaborating on the realization of the retrospective Eliseo Mattiacci, curated by Gianfranco Maraniello, MART- Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (2016), and GONG, curated by Sergio Risaliti, Forte di Belvedere and Museo Novecento of Florence, 2018. Since 2015, Cornelia Mattiacci has been a partner of the Teatro degli Artisti cultural association, curating its recent curatorial and editorial projects, like the cycle of exhibitions Against Sun and Dust, Villa Imperiale, Pesaro (2020, 2021, 2022 – upcoming) and the publication Sculpture in Action. Eliseo Mattiacci in Rome, ed. Ridinghouse, London (June 2022).


Christian Rattemeyer is an independent curator, writer, and translator. He served as Executive Director of Sculpture Center in New York from 2019 to 2020, and as Associate Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Museum of Modern Art in New York from 2007 to 2019. At MoMA, Rattemeyer curated and co-curated nine exhibitions, including SURROUNDS: 11 Installations (2019); Transmissions: Art from Eastern Europe and Latin America 1960-1980 (2015), Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan (2012), and Compass in Hand (2009). Previously, Rattemeyer worked as Curator at Artists Space (2003-2007) and has worked for Documenta11 (2002), documenta X (1997) and documenta IX (1992) in Kassel, his hometown. Rattemeyer has taught at the MFA program and the Center for Curatorial Studies, both at Bard College, as well as Hunter College, Parsons School of Design, RISD, and SVA. He has published many essays and books on contemporary art, including Exhibiting the New Art: When Attitudes Become Form and Op Losse Schroeven, 1969, Afterall Publishers, 2010. Rattemeyer lives and works in upstate New York.




Date: Friday, June 03, 2022

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : IIC-NY

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura - NY