LA DOLCE VITA. Avant-garde artists in post-war Rome


20 October - 20 December 2017

Passage de Retz, 9 Rue Charlot - Paris



In the 1950s, Rome was recovering from the wounds of WWII. While this dark past was in the background, these were the years of the economic boom and rebuilding. At that time Rome also became a destination that attracted international intellectuals and artists, such as Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly. This exhibition explores the way the art that emerged in Rome at this time, were inspired by the cultural panorama of those years to push the boundaries of painting in a way that still influences contemporary art today. La Dolce Vita documents this historical moment in Italian art with a selection of 40 works– including those by Alberto Burri, Carla Accardi and Piero Dorazio – created between the 1950s and 1960s, and others made in the years following La Dolce Vita, by artists such as Jannis Kounellis and Mario Ceroli, directly inspired by their experiences of the Post-War Roman art scene.