The exhibition explores Giacomo Manzù’s work through the prism of at least two different issues. The first: his renewed relationship with the Catholic Church after the “scandal” of the panels exhibited in Milan in 1941. The second: the Vatican’s attempt to establish new links with contemporary art during the 1950s and 60s, years riven with political and ideological strife. A rereading of contemporary sources, a careful analysis of the Maestro’s interpretative experiments and an unusual juxtaposition with Lucio Fontana reaffirm the importance of Manzù and his work, highlighting his role as a protagonist of 20th century art.

Held in the dual venues of Castel Sant’Angelo National Museum in Rome and the Giacomo Manzù Museum in Ardea (Rome), the exhibition Manzù. Dialogues with Spirituality, with Lucio Fontana has been organized by the Polo Museale del Lazio sponsored by the Pontifical Culture Council and in collaboration with the Ardea Town Council and the Giacomo Manzù Foundation. The Department of Architecture, Rome University ‘La Sapienza’ and CSAC – Parma Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione, have also contributed.

The exhibition is curated by Barbara Cinelli (Roma Tre University) with Davide Colombo (Parma University). Other members of the Committee are Penelope Curtis (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon), Maria Giuseppina di Monte (Director of the Giacomo Manzù Museum, Ardea), Flavio Fergonzi (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa), Micol Forti (curator of the Vatican Museum’s collections of Modern and Contemporary Art) and Daniele Menozzi (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa).

The catalogue is published by Electa.

Start date
Thursday 08 December 2016

End date
Monday 17 April 2017

Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant’ Angelo
Lungotevere Castello, 50
00193 Roma
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Museo Manzù
Via Laurentina, km 32
00040 Ardea (RM)

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Curated by
Barbara Cinelli (Università di Roma Tre) with Davide Colombo (Università di Parma)

Promoted by
Polo Museale del Lazio under the aegis of the Pontifical Culture Council and in collaboration with the Ardea Town Council and the Giacomo Manzù Foundation


  • Manzù.

    curated by Barbara Cinelli, Davide Colombo