A Major Show Dedicated to Carol Rama Will Open During Venice Biennale

The presentation coincides with the largest exhibition of her work in the U.S. at the New Museum.

Carol Rama, Spazio anche più che tempo Photo by Augustin Ochsenreiter, Bolzano. ©Archivio Carol Rama, Torino
Carol Rama, Spazio anche più che tempo Photo by Augustin Ochsenreiter, Bolzano. ©Archivio Carol Rama, Torino

The Archivio Carol Rama announced its first Venice exhibition in a decade celebrating the late artist Carol Rama in conjunction with the 57th Venice Biennale.

“Carol Rama. Spazio anche più che tempo” (Carol Rama. Space even more than time) will open on May 8 at the Ca’ nova on the Grand Canal. The exhibition is curated by Maria Cristina Mundici and Raffaella Roddolo, members of the Scientific Committee of the Archivio Carol Rama.

Carol Rama, <i>Opera n. 34, 1940</i>. Photo by Pino Dell’Aquila, Torino. ©Archivio Carol Rama, Torino

Carol Rama, Opera n. 34, 1940. Photo by Pino Dell’Aquila, Torino. ©Archivio Carol Rama, Torino

The late artist, born in 1918 in Turin, Italy, is no stranger to Venice; an exhibition of her work was presented as part of the Venice Biennale in 1993, and she participated in four editions of the Biennale. Rama was also the recipient of the famous Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in 2003. 

The exhibition will explore the many stages and development of Rama’s artistic career through 30 works and with particular attention to Rama’s unique command of composition. The exhibit also coincides with “Carol Rama: Antibodies,” the self-taught artist’s first New York museum survey at the New Museum, which also happens to be the largest exhibition of her work in the United States.

Carol Rama in 1997, Photo by Pino Dell’Aquila ©Archivio Carol Rama, Torino

Carol Rama in 1997, Photo by Pino Dell’Aquila ©Archivio Carol Rama, Torino

Rama’s works often use alternative media, industrial material, and daring visuals within a psychologically-charged framework. The presentation pays tribute to Rama’s “absolute eye” where the artist encapsulated personal reactions to known artistic contexts from the likes of Picasso, the Movimento d’arte concreta (MAC), the postwar French avant-garde, and more.

“Carol Rama. Spazio anche più che tempo” will go on view at Palazzo Ca’ nova, Venice, from May 8 – June 28


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