Arnaldo Pomodoro

Double Relief


Trained as a goldsmith, Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro translated his sensibility for structural relief into symbolically-infused geometric and calligraphic works. Peggy Guggenheim acquired two sculptures by him from 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 are however 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.

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Artist Arnaldo Pomodoro
Original Title Rilievo doppio
Date 1999
Medium Bronze
Dimensions 58.5 x 19.5 x 11 cm
Credit line Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York. Gift in honor of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection by the artist and Art of This Century
Accession 2000.63
Collection Acquisitions
Type Sculpture

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Unrecorded Nayarit artist (Ixtlán del Río culture)

Male figure

300 BCE–400 CE

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