Jimenez Deredia in Rome
I braved the scorching heat and the crowds yesterday to head out to the MondoPop Gallery opening (I’ll post about that later) and came upon this sculpture in Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina. The beautiful work in bronze is by Costa Rican artist Jimenez Deredia. This sculpture, entitled Sentinella, is just one of many scattered throughout the city in anticipation of a larger exhibition that will open at Palazzo delle Esposizioni on June 22. Deredia a Roma – La Ruta de la Paz has its own separate website where you can read the intention of the artist for the project and see the map of where the sculptures will be located in Rome. The map on the pedestal of this sculpture lists the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palazzo Altemps, Piazza Barberini, Palazzo Massimo, and Palazzo dell Esposizioni as the other locations. Once again for as hard as it can be to see contemporary artwork making its way to the forefront in Italy, there are these interesting installations that pop up and the Palazzo delle Esposizioni is an important space for the exhibit. They’ve proven since their reopening with the Mark Rothko exhibit that they’re committed to showing modern art.
I really enjoyed this piece with its spherical form and round lines which caused the sun the bounce brightly from it. The best observation came from a kid passing by who exclaimed “Guarda la polpetta!” (Look at the meatball!).