a book, an exhibition, workshops and special events
18 March > 27 August 2017
by FATATRAC and the Art Workshop
based on an original ideal by the MoMA-Museum of Modern Art
From 18 March to 27 August 2017, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni will be hosting an exhibition in its Spazio Fontana on What Degas saw, a new illustrated album by Samantha Friedman and Cristina Pieropan on the French artist Edgar Degas, written to tie in with the exhibition entitled Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty and published this year by MoMA – FATATRAC in the wake of the popular Matisse’s Garden and Little Charlotte the Filmmaker.
The Palazzo delle Esposizioni’s Art Workshop, using the collection of the Art Bookshelf, a library specialising in international art publishing for children, is the perfect setting to host the work of the book’s illustrator, Cristina Pieropan. In addition to the original plates that go to make up the book, the exhibition will also be showcasing sketches and rough drafts, zinc plates and a series of etchings with printing proofs accompanying us on our journey of discovery as we explore the techniques of engraving and etching. The full-immersion layout will plunge us back into the atmosphere of fin de siècle Paris, showing how the idea for the book gradually began to take shape in Cristina’s skilled hands.
In the book Degas’s work is interpreted with sensitivity in the text written by MoMA Curator Samantha Friedman and in Cristina’s elegant engravings, telling the story, page by page, of the master’s transition from his initial phase, so strongly imbued with classicism, to the style that was later to make him an unquestioned celebrity thanks to the attentive gaze with which he observed people, from ironers and the crowds at the horse races to the ballerinas at the Opera.
The exhibition is accompanied by a rich programme of workshops that lead schools and families through the streets and into the houses of fin de siècle Paris. Tours of the exhibition and workshops explore the techniques of engraving and the functioning of calcographic machinery works, from the press and the burin to the gouges on display in the exhibition.
Spazio Fontana – Palazzo delle Esposizioni
Via Milano 13 – Rome
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm
Friday and Saturday from 10.00 am to 10.30 pm
Summer opening hours from 18 July to 27 August
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday from 12:00pm to 11:00pm – Closed on Monday