curated by Germano Celant and Eduardo Cicelyn
In October 1968 Marcello and Lia Rumma, a young couple of collectors from Salerno, called Germano Celant, a 28-year-old art historian already militant on the avant-garde circuit, to curate what today would be called an exhibition-event. More than forty years later, in fact, no one can doubt that the mythical "Arte Povera più Azioni Povere" in the ancient Arsenali d'Amalfi was a founding stage of the movement that renewed the artistic practice and imagination of Italy in the sixties from an international perspective.
Today the exhibition in the Chiesa Donnaregina is the seventh station of "Arte Povera 2011", a complex series of exhibitions in some of the most prestigious Italian museums, which aspire to take stock of an artistic experience still current in the propulsive charge of its poetics.
Historical works by Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Marisa Merz, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Gianni Piacentino, Michelangelo Pistoletto, and Gilberto Zorio, in some cases installed for the first time in Amalfi, have been chosen for this event. Works from the same period by Pierpaolo Calzolari and Giuseppe Penone, two protagonists of Arte Povera who were not present on that occasion, have been included.