Following its participation in the Spotlight section in 2021 and in the Main Section in 2022, the Galleria Tommaso Calabro is pleased to participate in the 2023 edition of Frieze Masters (Main Section) with a monographic booth dedicated to the Italian sculptor Pietro Consagra (1920 – 2005).
Drawing on the exhibition Pietro Consagra. Immagini Vaganti – held at the gallery between September and December 2022, and curated by Paola Nicolin – the Galleria Tommaso Calabro’s booth at Frieze Masters fosters an unconventional reading of Consagra’s output, partially moving away from the male coding traditionally associated with the imagery of his monumental iron, bronze and marble sculptures. Indeed, the selection includes examples of his Giardini(“Gardens”), Ferri(“Irons”) andPiani appesi(“Hanging plans”) series, coloured sculptures from the 1960s made of intersecting iron and aluminium slabs, in which Consagra engages with the new experimentations taking place in the arena of Pop Art.
Our presentation also focuses on lesser-known creations by the artist, the majority of which are exhibited on this occasion outside of Italy for the first time. The selection includes examples of Consagra’s Lenzuoli(“Bed sheets”) – cotton fabrics painted with washable colors, which the artist produced from 1967, the year he arrived in Minneapolis to teach at the School of Fine Arts – alongside two paintings, and colourful pieces of furniture he designed for his daily life. These works best exemplify the artist’s creative freedom, and his aerial interpretation of sculpture as a combination of colours, surfaces, air and sound.
Wednesday 11.10.2023 | 11 am – 7 pm (by invitation only preview)
Thursday 12.10.2023 | 11 am – 1 pm (by invitation only preview); 1 pm – 7 pm (general admission tickets)
Friday 13.10.2023 | 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday 14.10.2023 | 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday 15.10.2023 | 11 am – 6 pm