Arnaldo Pomodoro

Double Relief


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.

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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