Rome

Gino de Dominicis, Calamita Cosmica (Cosmic Magnet), 1990. polstyrene, resin, iron, vinyl, glue, dimensions variable.

Gino de Dominicis, Calamita Cosmica (Cosmic Magnet), 1990. polstyrene, resin, iron, vinyl, glue, dimensions variable.

Rome

Gino de Dominicis

MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo
Via Guido Reni 4A
May 30–November 7, 2010

Curated by Achille Bonito Oliva

The meaning of the “AXXI” in MAXXI is “arts of the 21st century,” yet this new museum, having asked Zaha Hadid, no less, to design its building, is opening with a show on Gino de Dominicis, born 1947, died 1998. Perverse? No doubt. But if Italy seems to have its own sense of time, de Dominicis certainly did. His work, in many media, ranges in reference from ancient Sumer to interplanetary space, and though its enigmas are heavily deliberate, they remain unsolved. The centerpiece of this 130-work retrospective, spanning the entirety of de Dominicis’s career, will be the amazing Calamita Cosmica (Cosmic Magnet), 1990—a double of the artist’s skeleton, anatomically exact except that it has a conical nose and is nearly eighty feet long.