Quirinale Palace in Rome, Italy - sculpture 'Disco in forma di rosa del deserto' by Arnaldo Pomodoro
ith thirty-six works of art and thirty two objects put on display, the exhibition Quirinale Contemporaneo officially opens in the Quirinal Palace (one of the three official residences of the President of the Italian Republic), on the 5th July 2019. Held with the support of the President Sergio Mattarella, Quirinale Contemporaneo celebrates the renovation of the furniture and the permanent art collection of the Quirinal Palace.
A tribute to the Italian creative and manufacturing scenes of the past 70 years, Quirinale Contemporaneo expands a previous collection that went until the end of the Kingdom of Italy.
Although the exhibition has been open for an entire month, the official opening is an opportunity to see firsthand its extensive catalogue. Besides, it represents an opportunity not to be missed for the people who want to visit Rome and desire to learn more about the Italian artistic heritage: the doors of the palace are in fact open to the public to showcase artists the calibre of De Chirico, Burri, Guttuso, Fontana, Manzù, Pomodoro, as well as architects such as Magistretti, Ponti, Scarpa, Citterio, Aulenti, Castiglioni and Rossi, who have played a crucial role in shaping design history.
In addition to contemporary paintings and sculptures, iconic interior design pieces are put on display in grand state rooms such as the Studio alla Vetrata, the iconic Sala degli Arazzi di Lilla and the Sala delle Virtù, as well as in the courtyards and gardens. The tables Eros in white Carrara and black Marquina marble designed by Angelo Mangiarotti in 1971 and re-edited by Agapecasa, the coffee table Arabesco by Carlo Mollino and the console table Quaderna by Superstudio for Zanotta, the iconic Cicognino by Franco Albini for Cassina, the armchair Ghost designed in 1987 by Cini Boeri for Fiam, iconic lighting design by Oluce, Atollo designed by Vico Magistretti in 1977 and Zanuso by Marco Zanuso (1963), the lamp Parola by Gae Aulenti and Piero Castiglioni (FontanaArte 1980), the world-renowned Arco by Flos and the more contemporary Sampei by Davide Groppi, present a portion of what’s on display.
“Contemporary design enters the Quirinal Palace and brings it to live” explains the Secretary-General Ugo Zampetti. “As the palace is the home of the Italian people, we wanted to bring contemporary life in”. In fact, the latest pieces loaned, free of charge, by private artist and designers as well as the objects selected and donated by firms, transform with the help of the pre-existing collection, the spaces and the life of the Quirinal Palace.
Contrarily to an ordinary exhibition, Quirinale Contemporaneo represents the initial phase of a selection (that begins with Arnaldo Pomodoro’s disk in the shape of the rose of the desert and the two sculptures Colloquio Mitico and Miraggio Mediterraneao by Pietro Consagra), destined to expand over time to accompany you on a journey through Italian culture.