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From 12 November 2019 to 6 January 2020 Aleksandra Domanovic (1981, Novi Sad – Serbia) - winner of the 5th edition of the Arnaldo Pomodoro Sculpture Prize - will be the star of a solo exhibition at GAM, Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Milano (Milan's Modern Art Gallery).

Awarded this prize by the Selection Committee presided by Arnaldo Pomodoro and comprising Diana Campbell Betancourt, Anita Feldman, Martino Gamper, Lisa Le Feuvre, Anna Maria Montaldo, Lorenzo Respi and Andrea Viliani, the sculptor, thanks to the support of Modern and Contemporary Art District of the City of Milan, who shared the aims of the Prize, will have the opportunity to present an immersive and site-specific sculptural installation, created specifically for GAM’s Sala del Parnaso (Parnassus Room).

In creating the work, entitled The Falseness of Holes, Aleksandra Domanovic was inspired by a phrase by Medardo Rosso, taken from an interview published on the 17 October 1907 in The Daily Mail: “A sculpture isn’t made to be touched, but to be viewed from a certain distance, according to the effect intended by the artist. Our hand doesn’t allow us to become aware of the values, tones, colours… in a word, the life of the thing.”

Aleksandra Domanovic was pleasantly struck by Medardo’s idea of making us forget about the material the sculpture was made of, and the central role that photography played in the artist’s creative process.

Domanovic's new project will involve one of Medardo Rosso’s wax sculptures, the Portinaia ("Consierge", 1883-1884), carrying on an investigation into the boundaries between matter and digital in contemporary sculpture.
Just as the Italian sculptor transcended the object’s physicality by using photography to study the work, so Domanovic has selected one of Medardo’s works in GAM collections, and installed it in the Sala del Parnaso after integrating it with the technological support of Augmented Reality (AR), which allows the superimposition of virtual images onto the vision of the real context.  Thanks to Augmented Reality the work will offer the visitor an unpredictable trait d'union between traditional sculptural practices and technological innovation, opening up possibilities which were not available at Medardo Rosso’s time, but which are absolutely in line with his idea of a work of art.

The new sculpture will be visible not in a physical space, where Rosso’s work will be exhibited, but on personal portable devices, smartphones and tablets, where visitors will be able to download the accompanying software.  The virtual work can change shape, size or context, depending on the type of interaction and the participation of the public.

Domanovic's site-specific project gives us a first-hand opportunity to explore the frontiers of contemporary sculpture, whilst remaining part of the history of sculpture of which Medardo Rosso was one of the greatest exponents and of GAM collections hold some of the most representative works.

Press release

Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Milano
via Palestro 16 - 20121 Milano       


Tuesday – Sunday 9 am – 5.30 pm
Last admission 1 hour before closing
Monday closed

• full ticket           € 10.00
• discount ticket  €   8.00
The ticket includes the visit to GAM collections, the exhibition of Aleksandra Domanovic and the exhibition Canova. I volti ideali; special discount € 5.00 on the first and third Tuesday of the month, from 2.00 pm, and every first Sunday of the month.

For details, see  Hours and Admission

The exhibition, conceived and produced by Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro in collaboration with GAM - Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Milan, is realized with the support of the City of Milan, which shared the aims of the Prize, with the media partnership of IGPDecaux and the technical partnership of ERCO. Special thanks to Tanya Leighton, Berlin, for its contribution.

In occasion of the exhibition, Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro has promoted a temporary re-arrangement of GAM's Room XXVII to exhibit, alongside Rosso's sculptures, four of his photographs granted by the Museo Medardo Rosso in Barzio.