MACRO presents Streets of Rome and Other Stories

MACRO presents Streets of Rome and Other Stories by American artist Jimmie Durham, an exhibition on view November 29, 2012–February 10, 2013.

Streets of Rome and Other Stories is the first large solo exhibition in an Italian public museum dedicated to Jimmie Durham, celebrating the long career of one of the world’s most recognized and established artists, characterized by a critical and political commitment.

The exhibition moves between installations, drawings and videos, and is meant to gather the artist’s most significant works from the past ten years. The aim is to also provide the public with a new and transversal look across his formal and critical poetic universe, in which objects and materials regain a primitive and pre-verbal strength, becoming symbols of a new cosmogony at the boundary between nature, technology and civilization.

Moving from reflection on the special and close relationship with Rome—where Durham lived for five years, from 2007 to 2012—and the important role the Capital has had in recent productions, the title of the exhibition is borrowed from the work La strada di Roma, presented in 2011 at MACRO Testaccio. The most important works that the artist created in those years will also be displayed, including: Templum: Il sacro, il profano ed altro (2007), Spring Fever (2010), Underground and Cloud Connections (2012).

Additionally, the artist will realize a large work created specifically for MACRO that will create a dialogue with some of his most recent works, illustrating his willingness to work with materials found in the area, like Carrara marble and various types of wood.

A series of installations that document his interest in art history and iconography complete the exhibition, including Deposizione (2006), Homage to Constantin Brancusi (2011), Arch de Triumph (Red) (2007) and Joe Hill Painting (2002).

Curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi.

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