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  • Scene, from Aldiga Ice Cream Olympia's Cup, 1958-59.

    Scene, from Aldiga Ice Cream Olympia's Cup, 1958-59.

    Pino Pascali

    Castel Sant'Elmo
    via Tito Angelini, 22
    May 6–July 18, 2004

    Curated by Achille Bonito Oliva, Angela Tecce, and Livia Velani

    The sculpture of Pino Pascali (1935-68) marks the moment of transition in Italy from Pop poetics to the investigations of anti-form materials and processes that characterized arte povera. The artist’s ironic spirit and varied aesthetic approaches are evident throughout his career, from the machine guns and life-sized howitzers made from salvaged carburetors, camping gear, and other detritus to his last pieces constructed from natural materials such as straw and wood or from artificial textiles like plush fabrics. Centered on a group of works donated to the Italian state by the artist’s family, this exhibition examines not just these objects but also Pascali's videos, film work, photography, and drawings.

    Translated from Italian by Marguerite Shore.