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La Mamma

Una mostra di Harald Szeemann mai realizzata

  • Author: Pietro Rigolo
  • Year: 2014
  • Language: Italian
  • Pages: 64
  • Price: 8.00 €
  • ISBN: 978-88-6010-121-1
  • Size: cm 12 x 18
  • Illustrations: 10 b/w

This short essay, based on archive documents, interviews and unpublished notes from the Szeemann archives in Locarno, analyses a series of exhibitions conceived by the Swiss curator Harald Szeemann in the 1970s and never staged. "La mamma", which is one of a series of three exhibitions (“Le macchine celibi”, “La mamma” and “Il sole”) was to be an interdisciplinary analysis of the family ideals that permeate our culture. For the innovative curator, remembered above all for the seminal exhibition "When Attitudes Become Form", it marked a withdrawal to a private, intimate sphere after a period marked by very violent professional clashes.  Rich in reflections drawn from various disciplines such as history of religion, visual arts, theosophy and feminism, “La Mamma” would have been a show without art, dedicated to a study of the female universe, the evolution of the mother figure, and the idea of female deity in general.

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Pietro Rigolo is an archivist at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. He studied at the IUAV University in Venice and did a PhD at the University of Siena - Italian Institute of Human Sciences. In 2013 he published Immergersi nel luogo prescelto. Harald Szeemann a Locarno, 1978-2000.


“Le macchine celibi” (1975)
“La Mamma”
“Monte Verità” (1978) e “Der Hang zum Gesamtkunstwerk” (1983)
Amicizia, amore, sessualità: un progetto per Hannover 2000