After the Coronavirus hit Italy like yet another disaster, we witnessed a wave of exhibitions (sadly called “the Italian way”) in which the works were collected and exhibited without the authors’ knowledge (despite being living artists).
It has reached a point when it is surprising to see an exhibition in which the city and the curators have asked for the artist’s permission. And the artist also announced the project in a beautiful post on their Instagram page. It happens in Rome, at the GAM, where the Wunderkammern Gallery together with Claudio Crescentini and Fedrica Piraini curate an exhibition of the legendary street artist Shepard Fairey aka Obey the Giant called “Shepard Fairey, 3 Decades of Dissent”.
In the museum you can also see an installation by the artistic duo Sten and Lex called “the Renaissance”.
Enjoy and please, let’s repopulate our museums!
Paulo von Vacano
Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy
From September the 17th to October the 22nd
Shepard Fairey is one of the most well-known Urban artists globally. His fame peaked following the famous sticker campaign, which spread virally, featuring the face of the wrestling champion “OBEY The Giant”.
The artist later reached the pinnacle of his fame thanks to his well-known portrait of Obama, represented by the artist in the 2008 with Hope, the poster for the presidential campaign.
Fairey presents the iconic images that have characterized his work to date. Through connections, suggestions and interferences in a dialogue with artworks from the collection of the Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Roma, in a series of thematic, iconographic and political references.
Alongside the exhibition, an installation by Sten Lex. Rinascita, the creators of the stencil poster technique, will be on display. Sten Lex will present a work that aims to emphasize an aesthetic renaissance in Rome.
The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Wunderkammern Roma – Milan.
Curated by Silvana Editoriale. Text by Maria Vittoria Marini Clarelli, Claudio Crescentini, Federica Pirani, Arianna Angelelli with the collaboration of Daniela Vasta and Wunderkammern Gallery