• View of “Setsuko,” 2022. Photo: Matteo D’Eletto.

    View of “Setsuko,” 2022. Photo: Matteo D’Eletto.


    Gagosian | Rome

    Rome holds a special place in the heart of Japanese artist Setsuko Klossowska de Rola, better known as Setsuko. She spent much of her twenties and thirties living in the lush splendor of Villa Medici, home to the French Academy in Rome, where her late husband, the painter Balthus, served as director until the couple moved to Switzerland in 1977. It was in Rome that Setsuko began to dedicate herself to art—mostly painting—and also where she met ceramicist Benoît Astier de Villatte, who would spur her work in clay decades later. The intimate exhibition “Into the Trees II” marked the octogenarian’s

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