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Arnaldo Pomodoro

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Double Relief (Rilievo doppio), 1999
Bronze, 58.5 x 19.5 x 11 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice
Gift in honor of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection
by the artist and Art of This Century 2000.63
© Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan


Trained as a goldsmith, the Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro translated his structural relief sensibility into his symbolically-infused geometric and calligraphic works. In her lifetime Peggy Guggenheim acquired two sculptures by him of the 1960s (still in her collection today). Double Relief, from 1999, epitomizes the persistence of Pomodoro’s aesthetics more than thirty years later. At once rational and lyrical, the work evokes a cuneiform tablet, the semi-geometric patterns of which however are indecipherable. Like a visual narrative, Double Relief reveals that the poetics of signs, like a language, can only be manifest when placed within a framing structure.

credits: Hangar Design Group