The Gallery on the London Art Week 

The 2021 edition of London Art Week, which will take place online with the works visible from life in the Gallery in Rome, will allow a series of new acquisitions to be presented to the public.  

It¬†is¬†now¬†a¬†tradition¬†for¬†our¬†Gallery to¬†present¬†significant¬†portraits¬†and self-portraits¬†of¬†Italian¬†artists¬†of the¬†twentieth¬†century¬†for¬†this¬†event. In¬†addition¬†to Galileo¬†Chini’s¬†Self-portrait¬†as¬†a¬†painter¬†and¬†ceramicist¬†of 1933, the¬†rediscovery¬†of¬†extraordinary¬†images,¬†such¬†as¬†the¬†self-portraits¬†by¬†Emanuele Rambaldi¬†and¬†Edmondo Poletti, and by¬†Tripodi in¬†sculpture,¬†allows¬†us¬†to¬†deepen¬†the story of¬†these¬†perhaps¬†peripheral¬†and¬†little-known¬†masters,¬†but¬†capable¬†of¬†leaving¬†a¬†mark¬†in the art of the time. The¬†same¬†can be¬†said¬†of Carlo Romagnoli,¬†engaged¬†in the¬†portrait¬†of an¬†elegant¬†man.¬†

Different¬†is¬†the case of the¬†Portrait¬†of Gabriele D’Annunzio¬†by Paolo¬†Troubetzkoy,¬†executed¬†in Paris in 1911, a work¬†already¬†famous¬†in¬†his¬†time and¬†today¬†testified¬†by¬†this¬†unique,¬†precious¬†bronze¬†version.¬†

Added¬†to¬†this¬†selection¬†is¬†a large cartoon,¬†preparatory¬†for a figure painting,¬†Romanzo (Novel),¬†where¬†the founder of “Valori Plastici” and¬†protagonist¬†of the¬†Return to¬†Order Mario Broglio¬†represented¬†bathers,¬†absorbed¬†in the¬†suspended¬†atmosphere¬†of¬†magical¬†realism.¬†

If these works are related in chronology and figurative currents, definitely isolated, in every sense, it appears a masterpiece of architecture, which is due to one of the greatest modern masters, Zaha Hadid, recently passed away. This is the study model, almost a three-dimensional preparatory drawing, created for the final phase of the 1999 MAXXI competition and donated by the author to the Superintendent of the National Gallery of Modern Art at the time, Sandra Pinto, who had initiated and chaired the competition. 

Paolo Troubetzkoy РGabriele D’Annunzio

Carmine Tripodi – Self-portrait

Emanuele Rambaldi – Self-Portrait

Edmondo Poletti – Self-Portrait with Palette and Nude

Ettore Ferrari – Cum Spartaco pugnavit

Mario Broglio – Bathing in the Park (preparatory drawing)

Carlo Romagnoli – Male portrait

Giuseppe Siccardi – Self-portrait

Galileo Chini РSelf-Portrait 

Zaha Hadid – Projectual model for the contest of the Maxxi in Rome, final competition