Maria Lai: Holding the Sun by the Hand at Rome's MAXXI.19 June-12 Jan. On the centerary of the artist's birth, MAXXI devotes a major exhibition to Maria Lai (1919-2013), considered one of the most individual voices in Italian contemporary art.
Curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi and Luigia Lonardelli, the exhibition is described as a "fitting tribute to an artist who created, ahead of the latest research into relational art, a language combing sensibility, local traditions and global codes."
The show comprises more than 100 works spanning from the early 1960s through to her final years, and includes sewn books, sculptures, public works and her celebrated “looms”.
The exhibition's Italian title, Tenendo per mano il sole, is a quotation from and tribute to an early "sewn fable" created by the artist who represented Italy at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.
Image: Maria Lai, Tenendo per mano il sole, dettaglio, 1983. Ph. Francesco Casu, courtesy Archivio Maria Lai.
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Maria Lai show at MAXXI in Rome
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