Biblioteca Briganti - Livello 5


09 December 2019 - 05 March 2020


Inserted in the articulated topic of the 'artist's book', recently deepened in the initiatives of the Biblioteca e Fototeca Briganti, the exhibition contains a selection of various works by the roman artist, with a multifaceted and nonconformist personality, who has become for many an essential generational model. Defined by critics as an "eclectic genius", he’s characterized by painting, illustration, graphic novels, collages, ceramics, fabrics, jewelry, video, music, writing books, in a concept of art felt as "viral". There are over forty works on paper presented in the exhibition, chosen from a time span ranging from the 1970s to the present. The exhibition opens with the works of the very young Pablo, established with a watercolor micro-painting, executed in small squares, arranged sequentially, flanked by original collages, and not least by a selection of his vast production as an illustrator of covers for historical magazines and editorial series (his famous cover of Porci con le ali from 1976), of comic strips by author, up to the recent books-books. If among the first supporters of the debutant Pablo Echaurren, there are the artist Gianfranco Baruchello, the gallery owner Arturo Schwarz, among the first scholars who pointed out the value of his work, we find besides Emilio Villa, Henry Martin, Achille Bonito Oliva, also Giuliano Briganti, at that time professor of art history at the University of Siena. He will leave some writings on the promising artist, of which we recall "Segnalati Bolaffi 1973" and a review on "La Repubblica", of 27 February 1976. Later many others will write about him, including Renato Barilli, Maurizio Calvesi, Paola Pallottino and Vincenzo Mollica.

Biblioteca Briganti. Livello 5.
09 December 2019 - 05 March 2020

Opening hours

The exhibition can be visited during the opening hours of the Biblioteca and Fototeca Giuliano Briganti:

Monday - Wednesday 10.00am - 1.00pm

Tuesday and Thursday 10.00am - 1.00pm and 3.00pm – 5.00pm

The museum will be closed:

on Christmas day

from 27th January until 4th February 2020



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Salvatore La Spina

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Pablo Echaurren (Rome, 1951) around 1970 has already developed his own stylistic code, creating the first "squares", watercolors and small glazes. Between 1973 and 1975 he exhibited in Basel, Philadelphia, Zurich, Berlin, New York, Brussels and in 1975 at the Paris Biennale. In 1976 he uses the "squares" formula for the publisher Savelli's book covers, of which Porci con le ali remains a sort of generational icon. Shortly after, he decides that the time has come to abandon the artist’s role and participate in the experience of the so-called "metropolitan indians", the ironic and creative current of the protest movement that arose in 1977. Today the Echaurren material connected with the experience of the "indians" is collected at the Beinecke Library of Yale University. Since the 1980s his production has been increasingly distinguished by a contamination of high and low, of pure art and applied art. The last solo exhibitions have all been set up in public spaces and museums: Chiostro del Bramante (Rome 2004), Magazzini del Sale (Siena 2008), Auditorium Parco della musica (Rome 2006 and 2009), MACRO (Rome 2011), Palazzo Cipolla- Museo Fondazione Roma (Rome 2010-2011), MAR (Ravenna 2011), Fondazione Querini Stampalia (Venice 2013), Estorick Collection (London 2014), National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (Rome 2015-2016), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes MNBA (Santiago de Chile 2016), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo MAC (Santiago de Chile 2016), Scala Contarini del Bovolo (Venice 2017), Museo in Trastevere (Rome 2017), Palazzo Platamone (Catania 2017), MART (Rovereto 2019).

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