Gualberto Rocchi: Eighty Years of Sculpture

Curated by Mimmo di Marzio

Open to the Public
April 24–May 8, 2015
From Tuesday to Sunday 10-13 / 14:30–18:30; Closed April 25 and 26, 2015
Palazzo della Permanente
via Filippo Turati 34, Milano
Free Admission

La Permanente di Milano is celebrating Gualberto Rocchi’s (Milan, 1914) centenary with a retrospective exhibition of his most iconic works. Sculptor Rocchi grew up in the Brera of the ’30s and ’40s under the influence of masters such as Francesco Messina, Marino Marini and Giacomo Manzu and is considered among the most interesting portrait artists of the twentieth century.

Among his public works are the bust of the Commissioner Luigi Calabresi the police headquarters in Milan and the bust of Giovanni Falck Permanente in Milan. But what really makes this famous artist who he is are the many portraits of the royal families, politicians and famous Hollywood stars, who he met in his long and adventurous life in countries around the world. Here he is posing with the Spanish royal family and the royal family of Holland, with Mexican President Miguel Alemán, with the conductor Arturo Toscanini, with writer Salvator Gotta, with astronaut Edwin Aldrin who landed on the moon with the Apollo 11; with director Vincente Minnelli (in the collection at the National Portrait Gallery) and actors Henry Fonda, Richard Burton Jack Nicholson, Rex Harrison, Yul Brynner, Rossano Brazzi and James Stewart’s four children. Not to mention the portrait of President Richard Nixon that is in the Capitol in Washington, and that of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (Shah of Persia).

On display at La Permanente are around forty original plaster busts of his most famous works together with a rich photographic reportage that tells of his encounters with the great figures of history become subject of his portraits.