Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
Bonjourno, my friends.
Recently my wife and I traveled to Rome and as if there wasn’t already plenty of sights to take in we happened to be walking one day and came upon the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. If I am not mistaken we were walking to the zoo but needless to say this provided us with a most pleasant detour.
With exhibits ranging from Duchamp to brightly painted Vespas, espresso bars and so very much more, the museum had it all.
One of the most striking exhibits is Alfredo Pirri‘s Steps.
As you enter the museum you cross this symbolic threshold. As written by the artist, “…a zone of self-critical and at the same time celebratory passage. Crossing it is a ceremony that accentuates perception of a spatial and temporal dimension, unreal but at the same time radically and intimately material.”
The effect of this sculture is magnificent leaving one with the impression that they are as much a part of the sculpture as the statues. The artist described the broken mirros as “carrying out a twofold simultaneous action of demolition and reconstruction of the image.” He continues by adding that, “experiencing the action of looking at himself upside down, and feeling that infinitesimal space like a skin that binds him to and separates him from his own image, he will come to be part of it in a “natural” manner, in the same way that he is part of the world.”
Placing onseself with the sculpture provides a unique perspective indded. Art ceases to be a mirror of the world as you walk across the cracked and broken mirrored floor. You become a part of the story and the statues placed around become the spectators. Silently watching as you casualkly stroll through the sculpture.
As is the case with all art, my simple few photographs do not do justice to this incredible piece. IT does not allow your mind to let you feel as though you are walking on water or perhaps ice. Gazing at not only your own reflection but those of the statues in their groups.
As I said at the beginning. There is much to see in the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome.