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CONTEMPORARY

Spoleto has a privileged relation with contemporary art, due to the sparkling atmosphere in the city since the mid-20th century.
It is in this fecund milieu, testified to by the excellent collection at the Carandente Museum, that the artists of the “Gruppo di Spoleto” could mature, and initiatives such as the “Spoleto Prize” and “Sculptures In The City” could be conceived.
This exceptional opening to the contemporary is fed by the vitality of Palazzo Collicola Visual Arts and its continuously evolving collections, and by many artists who, by birth or by choice, contribute to keep this age-old city alive and young.

Sculptures In The City

In summer, 1962, on the occasion of the Festival’s fifth edition, Spoleto was the stage of “Sculptures In The City”, the first exhibition featuring interacting ancient architecture and contemporary sculpture.
Conceiver and curator o...

Nino Franchina Spoleto 1962

The sculpture, named “Spoleto 62” reminds the pioneering initiative by Giovanni Carandente, when the most famous sculptors of the time exhibited their works in Spoleto.
Among the great artists involved, there was also Sicilian Nino Fra...

Lynn Chadwick Stranger III

Lynn Chadwick sent this 1959 sculpture to Spoleto, on the occasion of the “Sculptures In The City” exhibition organized by Giovanni Carandente for the 1962 Festival Of Two Worlds. Along with this bronze, still perfectly integrated with the ...

Pietro Consagra – Spoletan Conversation

Pietro Consagra brought two sculptures to Spoleto, that were created in one of the plants made available to the artists by Italsider, a major sponsor of the exhibition. “Colloquio con il vento” (Conversation With The Wind), a spinning work,...

Beverly Pepper The Gift of Icarus

The work in iron and steel was designed in 1962 by American artist Beverly Pepper, at her first approach with sculpture. Along with the works “Nature in Iron” and “Leda”, it was created inside the ITALSIDER plants in Piombino, on the occasi...

R. B. Fuller - Spoletosphere

Designed in 1967 by American architect Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), it was given to the City on the occasion of the 10th Festival Of Two Worlds. It is a geodetic cupola composed of a network of triangular elements that becomes proportion...

Arnaldo Pomodoro Voyager’s Column

This 6-m tall steel column is the first large work by sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro, whose language is fed and enlivened by the “relation between full and hollow and by the contrast technology-poetry”.
Once the exhibition was over, the w...

Alexander Calder
Teodelapio

In March, 1962, when Giovanni Carandente invited Alexander Calder to participate in “Sculptures In The City”, he asked him to create a Mobile that would serve as triumphal entrance to town and become its symbol.
The American sculptor a...

Sol and Spoleto

SOL LEWITT Hartford (Connecticut), 9 September 1928 – New York, 8 April 2007 The relation between one of the giants of 20th-century art and Spoleto starts in 1971, when the American artist was invited by art dealer and gallery manager Mar...