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Claire Fontaine


Marinella Senatore

May 8th - June 27th 2021

Diego Aragona Pignatelli Cortes Museum

8B3A1465_© Danilo Donzelli Photography.j

The exhibition

The exhibition proposes three different interpreters of history, generation and culture, associated through a common sensibility towards the themes of individual freedom, in particular feminism. This orientation is expressed by each of them, in their own ways, influenced by their personal and professional experience, but capable of presenting unexpected, sometimes surprising, points of convergence. 

In fact, if Claire Fontaine and Marinella Senatore reflect upon universe themes such as politics, religion, violence, gender difference, and the role of women in the social context, each through a variegated set of expressive modalities (sculpture, drawing, photos, writing, installations, videos, performances…), the “Phenomenon” Pasquarosa (as Cipriano Efisio Oppo defined the painter in 1918), was confronted with the same themes as well, with the difference that, compared to the others, Pasquarosa did so, knowingly or unconsciously, more through her own existence than through the exercise of her profession.

In otherwords, through confronting a series of unusual environmental and social circumstances in her time, Pasquarosa became a pioneer of those movements fighting for women’s economic, civil and political rights that serve as the object of creative expression by Claire Fontaine and Marinella Senatore. 


Claire Fontaine (artistic collective founded in 2004, work in Palermo). Solo show (selection): Palazzo Ducale, Genova (2019); Confort Moderne, Poitiers (2019); Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (2017); Villa Medici, Roma (2016); Museo Pietro Canonica, Roma (2016); The Jewish Museum, New York (2013); CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2013); Museion, Bolzano (2012); MUSAC Contemporary Art Museum, Castiglia e León (2011); Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami Nord (2010); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2010); Art Museum, Aspen (2009); Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2008); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2007); Kunsthalle, Zurich (2007). Collective exhibition (selection): Doing deculturalization, Museion, Bolzano (2019); Shanghai Biennale (2018; 2012); ISelf collection. The Upset Bucket, Whitechapel, London (2018); The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin, The Jewish Museum, New York (2017); Quadriennale, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma (2016); Manifesta (2012); Biennale, Moscow (2011); Biennale, Istanbul (2011; 2007); Biennale, Athens (2011); Contemplating the Void, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); Take the money and run, De Appel, Amsterdam (2009); Fax, The Drawing Center, New York (2009); The irresistible Force, Tate Modern, London (2007); Unmonumental, New Museum, New York (2007); Biennale, Lyon (2007); Mars Pavilion, Venezia (2005).


Pasquarosa (Anticoli Corrado [Rm], 1896 – Camaiore [Lu], 1973). Solo show (selection) Arlington Gallery, Londra (1929); Vetrina di Chiurazzi, Roma (1951); Galleria della Cassapanca, Roma (1955); Galleria Russo, Roma (1958); Galleria del Vantaggio, Roma (1962); Galleria Mares, Pavia (1995); Galleria Campo dei Fiori, Roma (1997); Musei di Villa Torlonia - Casino dei Principi, Roma (2009). Collective exhibition (selection): Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte della «Secessione», Roma (1915; 1916); Collettiva romana, Casa d’arte Bragaglia, Roma (1929); Mostra del Sindacato Laziale Fascista degli Artisti, Roma (1929; 1930; 1932; 1936; 1937; 1942); Biennale di Venezia (1930; 1932; 1934; 1936; 1948; 1954); Quadriennale di Roma (1931; 1935; 1939; 1948; 1955; 1959; 1966).


Marinella Senatore (Cava de’ Tirreni, 1977; live and work in Paris and Roma). Solo show (selection): Geneve (2020); Magazzino Italian Art, New York (2019); The Centre for the Less Good Idea, Johannesburg, (2019); Hayward Gallery, London (2018); Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venezia (2018); Villa Medici, Roma (2018); Kunsthaus Zurich (2017); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017); INSITU, Berlin (2014); Kunst Halle St. Gallen (2014); Museo d’arte contemporanea, Castello di Rivoli (2013); Matadero Centro de Creación Contemporánea, Madrid (2012); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2012); Macro, Roma (2011). Collective exhibition (selection): Bienal de São Paulo (2020); Bodies–Cities Collections and Excursions, Museum der Moderne Salzburg (2019); Emerge, Musée d’art contemporain, Montréal (2019); #VillaMedicimylove, Art Club, Villa Medici, Roma (2019); La strada. Dove il mondo si crea, MAXXI, Roma (2018); Manifesta, Palermo (2018); Agora, Highline, New York (2018); Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, Shenzhen (2017); Action!, Kunsthaus, Zurich (2017); Quadriennale, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma (2016); Biennale, Lyon (2015); Do Disturb, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); New York Procession, High Line, New York (2015); Open Museum, Open City, MAXXI, Roma (2014); The Yellow Side of Sociality, Bozar, Bruxelles (2014); Biennal, Liverpool (2014); Portrait of the Artist as a Young (Wo) Man, Museo d’arte contemporanea, Castello di Rivoli (2014); Premio MAXXI, MAXXI, Roma (2014); Biennale, Athens (2013); Biennale, Moscow (2012); Biennale, Havana (2012); Visible Award, Serpentine Gallery, London (2012); Biennale di Venezia (2011); SI Sindrome Italiana, Le Magasin, Grenoble (2010); Emerging Talents, Cccs, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze (2009); Italics, Palazzo Grassi, Venezia (2008); Guestroom, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2007); Vesuvius, 798 Space, Beijing (2006); L’estetica della resistenza, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como (2005):

Image by Philippe Ramakers

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