The bond of Fendi and Bernini
Text Cesare Cunaccia
An exhibition dedicated to the eclectic genius of Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680), for the celebration of twenty years since the reopening of Galleria Borghese. With Fendi as the institutional partner. It has been conceived by Andrea Bacchi and Anna Coliva, director of the Rome’s museum, with the cooperation of a team of researchers and experts of the artworks of the great artist and of the Baroque season in Rome. The show is focused on the sculpture of Bernini, a figure that comes across different creative fields, stretching from architecture, to painting, to theatre, as a metteur en scène and dramatist. The prestigious loans, hailing from museums and private collections worldwide around the glorious Bernini’s corpus, make the show suitable for both experts and a broader public. A dramatic impact is produced within the path structured through the rooms of the building, that housed the treasures of cardinal Scipione Borghese, first client of Bernini, the one who asked him to create autonomous marble units to ‘draw a figure of imagination’ in every room. Bernini’s expressive itinerary is disclosed as of the first works accomplished with his father Pietro until 1617, when a very young Gian Lorenzo imposes his personal stature. Marble is the leitmotiv, but he also touches other materials and media spheres, like painting, his sketches made of fired clay, drawing, the restauration works of the archaeological sculpture which draws an all-round picture of the great artist, looming on the city of Rome during numerous pontificates. European passages are revealed with the sketch and the fired clay maquette of the monument of the French sovereign Louis XIV, while Saint Bibiana is a special case, as Bernini was commissioned it in 1624 by Urban VIII Barberini as a completion of the works carried out in the ancient church on the Esquilino, subject to an accurate open-yard restauration in the atrium of the Gallery and which was restored its full preservative integrity and aesthetic value. The Bernini exhibition proves the strengthening of the relationship between Fendi and the city of Rome, announcing a triennial partnership with Galleria Borghese. A far-sighted project which foresees the creation of the Caravaggio Research Institute, presided over by Anna Coliva, promoted and propagated though an international exhibition programme about the maudit artist, from Los Angeles to the Far East and supported by Fendi over three years in a row further to all the exhibition events at Galleria Borghese.
Piazzale Scipione Borghese, 5 – Rome
1 November 2017 > 4 February 2018
Tuesday > Sunday, 9:00am > 7:00pm