Art and Eros
Klossowki, Molinier, Bellmer, Rama

Exhibition - from friday 01 jul 2022 | to sunday 09 oct 2022

  • Pierre Klossowski, "Roberte aux barres parallèles", 1978, Collezione Bilinelli, Milano, © Pierre Klossowski, by SIAE 2022

    Pierre Klossowski, "Roberte aux barres parallèles", 1978, Collezione Bilinelli, Milano, © Pierre Klossowski, by SIAE 2022

  • Ph. Mart, Urlich Egger


  • Ph. Mart, Urlich Egger


  • Ph. Mart, Urlich Egger


When
from friday 01 jul 2022 | to sunday 09 oct 2022
Cost
General admission €11, discount admission €7 (ticket valid for all current exhibitions)
Credits
From an idea by Vittorio Sgarbi and Massimo Minini. Curated by Denis Isaia. In collaboration with BelleArti Association
Where
Mart Rovereto
Type
Exhibition

The exhibition builds on a significant selection of drawings by Pierre Klossowski (1905 - 2001), the brother of painter Balthus and a leading figure in 1960s thought. An intellectual, novelist and translator, in the 1950s he began illustrating his novels. His illustrations, first done in grey lead and then in coloured pencils, not only capture scenes already present in his literary works but also delve into what has been one of the central themes of his production: eroticism. Klossowski's graphic work is underpinned by a "wicked philosophy" that is centred around all-consuming and unrelenting sexual impulses. His characters are dominated by an abnormal and irreverent attitude to reason, wherein their thoughts unabashedly reach beyond the trappings of convention.

The exhibition shows the largest selection of Klossowski's works ever presented in Italy, 48 large-format drawings, establishing a dialogue with the production of three other artists: Carol Rama, Hans Bellmer and Pierre Molinier. Deeply influenced by Surrealism and frequenters of the same circles, they explore the relationship between art and eros with entirely different outcomes. Klossowski's entire production, while bold and provocative, remains controlled, intellectual, as if harnessed in a tension that never seems to resolve itself. On the contrary, Rama, Molinier and Bellmer explore their own passionate worlds in a visceral, psychological, instinctive, irrational, even deprecating way.

The project is complemented by valuable video content including the screening of some scenes from Roberte ce soir, a 1979 feature film starring the artist himself and his wife Denise Marie Roberte Morin-Sinclaire.

Recommended for adult audiences.

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