Nathalie du Pasquier, Campo di Marte

The exhibition at Macro Museum in Rome is conceived as a Gesamtkunstwerk - a "silent symphony" in the words of the artist - which includes a corpus of about a hundred works created from the 1980s to the present day.


date and location: February 3rd - June 20th, 2021, Macro Museum, Rome, Italy

For the youngest of the Memphis group, art and design come together in a polyphony of associations and juxtapositions that redesign the relationship between things. Really everything: the emergency exits, the technical cabins, the pillars - in short, all those elements that usually deeply disturb designers - become, on the contrary, very happy occasions to layout Du Pasquier's world.

As the curator of the exhibition, Luca Lo Pinto states, "Campo di Marte is an imaginary space where reality is guided by fantasy. Here the individual works abandon their specific identity for a moment and become raw material for a choreography in which they lend themselves to continuous associations and juxtapositions."

The vases designed for Bitossi, the oil paintings that have objects as their subject, the drawings that enter into inner demons, the tiles for Mutina or the abstract wooden sculptures that leave the two-dimensional plane of the walls to play with space through shadows, are an orchestra that plays to the rhythm of Memphis, a silent symphony.

Inside this retrospective, we can read the plot of a whole life, with self-taught training, free from the constraints of the academy, made through travel and meetings. Like the one with Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis group of which she was the youngest of the founders in 1981 and which she followed until its official dissolution in 1986.

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