Snapshots of the absurd

Beckett & Beckett

Beckett & Beckett is composed of two confluences: on the one side, an exhibition titled Tommaso Le Pera – Seventy pictures of Giorni Felici by Samuel Beckett – and on the other side, Lane da Dublino, an installation by Raffaele Curi.

Tommaso Le Pera – Seventy pictures of Giorni Felici by Samuel Beckett documents and records the renowned trip of the “photographer of the Italian theatre” through the masterpiece of the Irish writer, published and acted in 1961 for the first time, and subject of numerous representations since then. The exhibition is a parade of the most interesting and fascinating mises-en-scène of the Italian and international scenes: from Antonio Calenda to Robert Wilson, from Mario Missiroli to Anna Marchesini to Claudio Jankowski. And more: Giampiero Solari, Riccardo Caporossi, Andrea Renzi, Giancarlo Cauteruccio, Marco Isidori.

Seventy pictures and ten productions of Giorni Felici – it was titled ‘Happy Days’ in its original version, then translated in French from the one and only Beckett in ‘Oh les beaux jours’.

In between the Beckett shapes and white “Dubliner” jerseys, the installations Lane da Dublino by Raffaele Curi is provocative, but also a tribute to the literary Irish genius. A white wool thread acts as a trait d’union creating a route, visible but also underground, in between the different fragments of action and the exhibiting spaces of the Rhinoceros gallery.

Snapshots of the absurd


Shapshots of the absurd, recognition via images of the absurd theatre and surrealism, the exhibition-event Ionesco, the Rhinoceros in Rome, open to the public from the 16th of April to the 30th of May 2019, is an action which is taken place in the rhinoceros gallery, the building designed by Jean Nouvel for Alda Fendi. The exhibiting spaces of this gallery are revealed through hidden fingerprints, both real and symbolic ones. A kaleidoscope of images accompanies the visitor through installations, projections, photography, music; a new Experiment of the Fondazione Alda Fendi, which has been promoting since 2001 experimentations going above and beyond conventional art borders, with the use of disciplines: starting with the building’s name, which evokes both the classical era and the absurd theatre.

El Greco

The Fondazione Alda Fendi – Esperimenti promotes a new fascinating initiative. Starting from the 15th December the masterpiece Saints Peter and Paul painted by El Greco from the Hermitage collections of St.Petersburg will be exhibited at the rhinoceros gallery. The entrance is free. This choice reflects the Fondazione Alda – Esperimenti aim: the free entrance to their initiatives is a symbolic and clear message, because culture must be a World Heritage. The exhibition, that will be hosted from December 15th, 2019 to March 15th, 2020, sets the second appointment of the three years’ collaboration between Fondazione Alda Fendi – Esperimenti and the famous Russian Museum. This prestigious agreement was born from the desire to increase the cultural relationship between Italy and Russia, through the exhibition of masterpieces from the State Hermitage Museum of St.Petersburg. After the great success of last year with the exhibition of the “Crouching Boy” by Michelangelo, with more than 22.000 visitors, the choice of this year is a real tribute to the city of Rome.

Saints Peter and Paul is an emblematic artwork of the fully mature style of El Greco, recognised in the history of painting as the greatest painter of Spain in the XVI century.

The two apostels are represented together, according to ancient custom, inside a dark space (a quite exceptional thing for the greek painter) and with the traditional iconography: Peter with the key of the Gate of Paradise, and Paul while he is holding an open book, in relation with the letters written for the first Christian communities.