Last week at the Fondazione Museo Pino Pascali my colleague and me experienced the opening of the new temporary exhibition at the contemporary art museum in Polignano a Mare (Puglia, Italy), where we are volunteering thanks to Interreg Programe. On display, the groundbreaking career of one of the most famous Italian art gallerists that is Fabio Sargentini.
His exhibitions were revolutionary, they have contributed to reform the contemporary art scene in Rome during the Sixties and Seventies. In 1968 he moved out his art gallery “L’Attico” (The Loft) from an apartment in Piazza di Spagna located in the city centre to a former garage in the oustkirts. The loft appeared too bourgeois to host the newest forms of art: from performance to installation to land art.
The exhibitions that follows are milestones in the art history: Jannis Kounellis with his “Twelve Horses”, “Lo zodiaco” (The Zodiac) by Gino De Dominicis and “Percorso” (The path) by Eliseo Mattiacci, which are still considered a benchmark by contemporary artists and gallerists around the world.
Fabio Sargentini was forward-looking and brave enough to propose a new conception of contemporary art that set new trends in the art field. In the same way, we believe that Altiero Spinelli, Ernesto Rossi, Eugenio Colorni and Ursula Hirschmann had the courage to imagine a new order of our society, ancestor of the European Union.
As young European citizens we are really proud to take part in initiatives that promote and spread European ideals. Thanks to this experience at the Fondazione Museo Pino Pascali, we are learning the role of art in our society, the impact it could have in stimulating our cultural growth and in reforming our social system, being a vehicle of ideals.
The exhibition is on display until next June. We are looking forward to host you here!