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View of “Maria Lai,” 2019. Background, from left: Una finestra sul mondo (A Window on the World), 1966; Una finestra sul mondo II (A Window on the World II), 1966; Telaio (Looms), 1965. Foreground: Oggetto paesaggio (Landscape Object), 1967.

View of “Maria Lai,” 2019. Background, from left: Una finestra sul mondo (A Window on the World), 1966; Una finestra sul mondo II (A Window on the World II), 1966; Telaio (Looms), 1965. Foreground: Oggetto paesaggio (Landscape Object), 1967.

Maria Lai

MAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo

On the centenary of Maria Lai’s birth, this exhibition groups more than two hundred of the artist’s works, most seen for the first time, into sections organized around ideas such as mending, storytelling, playing, disseminating, and encountering. Often considered isolated, though by no means an unknown artist, Lai received a surge of international attention in 2017, five years after her death, when her work was included in both the Venice Biennale and Documenta. Curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi and Luigia Lonardelli in collaboration with the Archivio Maria Lai and the Fondazione Stazione dell’Arte in Ulassai, the artist’s hometown in Sardinia, this retrospective focuses on Lai’s experimental period, from the 1960s on. The near-complete absence of her drawings and paintings from the ’40s and ’50s might lead viewers to make a clear distinction between the artist’s more “modernist” period

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