1926 (Morciano, Emilia Romagna, Italy)
California / Italy
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|Arnaldo Pomodoro (born 23 June 1926) is an Italian sculptor. He was born in Morciano, Romagna, Italy. He currently lives and works in Milan. His brother, Giò Pomodoro (1930–2002) was also a sculptor.|
Pomodoro designed a controversial fiberglass crucifix for the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The piece is topped with a fourteen foot in diameter crown of thorns, which hovers over the figure of Christ.
Some of Pomodoro's Sphere Within Sphere (Sfera con Sfera) can be seen in the Vatican Museums, Trinity College, Dublin, the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, American Republic Insurance Company in Des Moines, Iowa, the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio, the University of California, Berkeley and the Tel Aviv University, Israel.
In Copenhagen, Denmark, he has created sculptory for the Amaliehaven Park, which was inaugurated on the waterfront in front of Amalienborg Palace in 1983.
His thematic work Forme del Mito (Forms of Myth) was displayed at Brisbane's World Expo '88 and was later purchased by Brisbane City Council for the City of Brisbane. Museum of Outdoor Arts also has a piece by Pomodoro in their collection entitled Disco Emergente, which is on permanent public display in Greenwood Village, CO USA.
In 1999 he founded Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro in Milan. Originally conceived as a centre to document and archive the work of the artist, it opened an exhibition space in 2005, hosting exhibitions of prominent artists such as Jannis Kounellis, Lucio Fontana and Robert Rauschenberg. The director of Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro is Flaminio Gualdoni.
"Arnaldo Pomodoro", Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnaldo_Pomodoro (Accessed 3/30/2013)
|Biography from Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum:|
Pomodoro was born in 1926, in Morciano, Emilia Romagna, Italy. From the
mid-1940s until 1957, he served as a consultant for the restoration of
public buildings in Pesaro, while studying stage design and working as a
goldsmith. In 1954 Pomodoro moved to Milan, where he met artists such
as Enrico Baj, Sergio Dangelo, Lucio Fontana, and others. His work was
first exhibited that year at the Galleria Numero in Florence and at the
Galleria Montenapoleone in Milan. In 1955 his sculpture was shown for
the first time at the Galleria del Naviglio in Milan.
Pomodoro visited New York in 1956 and traveled around Europe in 1958. While in Paris in 1959 he met Alberto Giacometti and Georges Mathieu, before returning to the United States where he
organized exhibitions of contemporary Italian art at the Bolles Gallery
in New York and San Francisco. In New York the following year Pomodoro
met Louise Nevelson
and David Smith. He helped found the Continuità group in Italy in
1961–62. The sculptor traveled to Brazil on the occasion of his
participation in the 1963 São Paulo Bienal, where he was awarded the
International Sculpture Prize. A solo show of his work was included in
the Venice Biennale of 1964. In 1965 he was given the first of many solo
exhibitions at the Marlborough galleries in New York and Rome.
artist taught at Stanford University in 1966. In 1967 Pomodoro was
represented in the Italian Pavilion at Expo ’67 in Montreal, and he
received a prize at the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. In 1968 he
taught at the University of California at Berkeley; in 1970 he returned
to Berkeley to attend the opening of an exhibition of his work that
originated there and later traveled in the United States. During the
late 1960s and early 1970s he executed commissions for outdoor sculpture
in Darmstadt, New York, and Milan. In 1975 a Pomodoro retrospective was
sponsored by the Municipality of Milan at the Rotonda della Besana.
the mid-1970s, Pomodoro has continued to gain renown for his unique
engagement with fundamental geometric shapes, notably the column, cube,
pyramid, sphere, and disc. His massive architectonic forms suggest a
continual process of self-destruction and regeneration.
His work has
been the subject of numerous exhibitions at major museums, including
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris (1976), University Art Museum
at University of California in Berkeley (1981), Columbus Museum of Art
(1984), Hakone Open Air Museum in Kanagawa (1994), Centre of Arts in
Cairo (1997), and Palazzo Magnani in Reggio Emilia (2005). In 1988
Pomodoro was invited to create a one-room installation for the Venice
Biennale. He is perhaps best known for his outdoor public installations
and their dramatic alteration of familiar vistas, including the Urbino
Cemetery (1975), Amalienborg Square in Copenhagen (1982–83), Belvedere
Fortress in Florence (1984), Cortile della Pigna in Vatican City
(1989–90), United Nations Plaza in New York (1996) and Palais-Royal in
Pomodoro has lived a simultaneous career as a set designer
for productions such as Aeschylus’ Oresteia at Teatro Massimo in Palermo (1983), Gluck’s Alceste in Genoa (1987), Ahmed Shawqi’s Passion of Cleopatra in Gibellina (1989), Eugene O’Neill’s Plays of the Sea in Rome (1996), and Puccini’s Madame Butterfly
in Torre del Lago (2004), among others. The Fondazione Arnaldo
Pomodoro, founded in 1995, for which Pomodoro serves as director, has
been dedicated to the exhibition and funding of artists for over a
Pomodoro lives and works in Milan.
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