Loghi Biennale

The Pino Pascali Foundation promotes the exhibition- Collateral Event to the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia within the framework of Biennale Arte 2019.



Curated by Antonio Frugis and Roberto Lacarbonara

with the artistic direction of Rosalba Branà

In occasion of the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia curated by Ralph Rugoff, the Pino Pascali Foundation presents Pino Pascali – Dall’Immagine alla Forma (Pino Pascali – From Image to Shape). Pino Pascali was amongst the most important representatives of Pop Art and Arte Povera in Italy. Fifty years after the artist’s death, this exhibition presents an original and unusual interpretation of the artist’s production, by placing side by side his photographic research to his sculptures and videos.  The exhibition, curated by Antonio Frugis and Roberto Lacarbonara with the artistic direction of Rosalba Branà, is part of a program of Collateral Events of the Biennale Arte 2019 and will open on the 9th of May at 6 pm at Palazzo Cavanis located at Fondamenta delle Zattere. The event will run until the 24th November 2019.

Following the recent discovery of a precious collection of over 160 photographs – taken and printed between 1964 and 1965 – and thanks to the acquisition by the Pino Pascali Foundation of the Photo and Video Archives, the exhibition reveals how important an artist’s planning and formal research can be in creating their work, especially through the use of sketches and photographic notes.

Pino Pascali (1935-1968) saw photography not only as a mean to document, interpret and analyze reality, but also, and in particular, as a way to give shape to an individual tale that will smoothly be introduced in his linguistic research.

In the 1960s, photography quite clearly became one of the languages used to express art and acquired importance as a relevant theoretical tool in the planning of artworks. It became increasingly common for artists to use photography not only to document their work but also to trace the planning of their work, just as they had previously been using drawings and sketches.

The exhibition compares the graphical notes on the artist’s personal pad with the photographs taken in 1965 and with some of his most relevant site-specific sculptures of which, Attrezzi Agricoli (1968), Contropelo (1968), La ricostruzione della Balena (1966), 9 mq di pozzanghere (1967) and Botole ovvero lavori in corso (1968). This last work returns to be exhibited and restored with the contribution of the Pino Pascali Foundation. This comparison allows to trace the different intuition and project phases the artwork goes through when it is created. This is developed across some important thematic sections that cover the following topics:“Water Things”; “The Harbour, boats and sea”; Geometries and Modules”; “Fake Sculptures”; “Return to land”; “Childhood games”; “Theatre and Masks”.

The exhibition also offers a new interpretation of the “Pascali Method“, which shows how his artistic production was very closely connected to the work he performed for RAI.

The exhibition will run until the 24th November 2019. During this period the Pino Pascali Foundation will hold an interesting program of events organised in collaboration with those cultural institutions with which the Foundation shares common views and goals: The National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome, the Petruzzelli Theatre Foundation, the Apulia Film Commission,  the Apulian Public Theatre Consortium, Apulia Promotion, the Putignano Carnival Foundation, Brindisi and Lecce’s Library and Museum Centre, the Association for Book Protection, the Paolo Grassi Foundation, Valle d’Itria Festival, Di Vagno Foundation, The Apulian Academy of Fine Arts.

The Pino Pascali Foundation was founded in Polignano a Mare in 2010.  The Apulia Region and the Municipality of Polignano a Mare are the Foundation’s institutional partners.  The collection kept at the museum boasts works by, among other artists, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Nathalie Djurberg, Matt Collishaw, AES+F, Hans Op de Beeck, Fabrizio Plessi, Jan Fabre.  In 2018, within the scope of the project Pascali 2018 that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the artist’s death, the Foundation acquired Pino Pascali’s artwork Cinque Bachi da Setola e un Bozzolo, 1968.

In 2011 the Foundation presented as Collateral Event at the Biennale Arte 2019 “Pino Pascali, Return to Venice” (Pino Pascali, Ritorno a Venezia). 

The Board of Directors of the Foundation is composed by Giuseppe Teofilo, President, Maria Melpignano, Christine Farese Sperken. The Scientific Committee is composed by Pietro Marino (President), Valérie Da Costa, Carlo Berardi, Marco Giusti.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with texts by the curators Antonio Frugis and Roberto Lacarbonara, and by Rosalba Branà, Valérie Da Costa, Francesco Stocchi and Marco Tonelli.


curated by Antonio Frugis and Roberto Lacarbonara with the artistic direction of Rosalba Branà

Collateral Event to the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia

Press pre-opening: breakfast: 8th May 2019, 10.30 am

Opening: 9th May 2019, 6 pm
Until 24th November 2019

Tue- Sun: 11 am – 6pm. Monday closed. Free entrance

Palazzo Cavanis: Fondamenta delle Zattere, Venezia


With the support of the following

Institutional Partners
Region Puglia, Municipality of Polignano a Mare

Main Partner
Puglia Promozione, Apulia Film Commission, Teatro Pubblico Pugliese

Partner culturali
Città Metropolitana di Bari, Polo Museale della Puglia, La Galleria Nazionale, Roma


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