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30/09/2010 - 08/05/2011

Mario Ballocco. Odissea dell'Homo Sapiens

Mario Ballocco. The Odyssey of Homo Sapiens
Type: Contemporary Art

On display, for the first time, “Homines” by Mario Ballocco: disturbing, cruel and desperate, stylized entities, that embody the dynamics of anthropological and social aspects of our daily lives: falling in love, conflicts, submissiveness, betrayal, cultural and political commitment and much more.

The 51 drawings on display were made in the context of the second half of the forties, after the terrible and traumatic experience of the war. Years in which Mario Ballocco, was frantically searching for authenticity and “truth”, and thus he left Italy for Argentina, where he met Lucio Fontana and tried new paths.

Ballocco’s Homines are disturbing stylized entities, cruel and desperate in their huge empty eyes, mouths wide open to gnash their teeth threateningly. The author reveals the passions and the deepest motives of action of people and of the masses, thus composing a gallery full of sardonic humors. This peculiar Odyssey represents the pessimism of the great moralists, together with a devastating irony, and a deep ethical impulse, translated into an expressionistic tilt.

Pola F.
2011, 127 p., ill., brossura
Editor: Marsilio
Language: Italiano


Opening hours

Tuesday-Sunday: 11.00 am - 10.00 pm;
December 24 and 31: 11.00 am - 2.00 pm;
Last admission 1 hour before closing time;
Closed: Monday, December 25, January 1.

Entrance ticket

PLEASE NOTE: Museum open and special admission charge of € 1,00 on May 1-2, 2011.
Adults: € 11,00 - Concessions: € 9,00
Roman Citizens only (by showing a vaild ID): Adults: € 10,00 - Concessions: € 8,00


Info: +39 060608 (every day from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm)

Further information

Promoted by Roma Capitale, Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali e della Comunicazione – Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali


MACRO - CRDAV (Centro Ricerca e Documentazione Arti Visive)

With the collaboration of

Archivio Mario Ballocco

With the technical assistance of

Cassettiere MACRO: OTTART Prodotti per l’Arte

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