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11 December 2023

US avant-garde art stars in new Rome exhibition

Visitors look at "Orange disaster" by US artist Andy Warhol. The artwork is part of the "Guggenheim Collection: The American Avant-Garde 1945-1980" exhibition at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. (AFP)


Sixty works by leading post-war American artists including Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol feature in a new exhibition opening on Tuesday at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome.

The show entitled "The Guggenheim: The American Avant-garde 1945-1980" will run until May 6 and looks at the most seminal artistic movements of the era, from abstract expressionism to Pop Art to minimalism and conceptual art.

Works by around 50 artists exhibited will include paintings, sculptures and installations from the Guggenheim in New York as well as the Peggy Guggenheim collection in Venice and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao in Spain.

Other famous artists featured include Roy Lichtenstein, Alexander Calder, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra, Kenneth Noland and Church Close.

"Thanks to these exceptional loans, the exhibition documents the formidable creative energy of avant-garde American art," said Emmanuele Emanuele, the director of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in central Rome.

The show "gives a historical context to the works, the artists and the decisive movements in forming Western cultural sensibility," he said.