|Galatea by Amleto Cataldi, 1925|
But... recently, on a visit to one of our favorite, lightly-visited museums in Rome, the Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Roma Capitale (the city's - as opposed to the state's - modern art gallery) we discovered a Cataldi sculpture virtually headlining the current exhibition on 1920s and 1930s Italian art, originally purchased for what was then called Galleria Mussolini. Unlike his muscular athletes, Cataldi's Galatea here - a late, 1925 work - is smooth and modern (note the hair-do). The fish in her hand is appropriate because the statue was designed to be part of a fountain.
And, we can't resist another preview of this exhibition, "Fragment" by Marino Marini (1901-1980), who lived past the Fascist era. This piece from 1929 is an excellent example of the artistic desire to replicate a ruin - to layer the past and the present. It fits with the importance the Fascists gave to hearkening back to ancient Rome. This fragment nude is a nice contrast to Cataldi's modern female nude.
|Frammento by Marino Marini, 1929|
The gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. - 6.30 p.m. Euro 7.5 for most of us. via Francesco Crispi, 24 - between the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, up the block from the Gagosian Gallery. There won't be any crowds. In fact, you may be the only one there.