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The Somaini Foundation is based in a complex owned by the FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) located at number 31 of Corso di Porta Vigentina. It is a well-preserved example of a “casa di ringhiera”, one of the typical social housing of old Milan, today rather rare. The building, which develops around a cobbled central courtyard and surrounded by galleries, overlooks Corso di Porta Vigentina and the medieval Via Cassolo.

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Francesco Somaini and Enrico Crispolti

From 3 June To 31 December 2021

Digital Exhibition This digital exhibition, created in collaboration with the Enrico Crispolti Archive in Rome, could be visited on the Francesco Somaini Foundation website. It documents the salient stages of the collaboration and friendship established between the sculptor and the critic from 1956 to 2005 (year of death of the artist), through some personal photos, works’ images preserved in the Crispolti collection, book covers and catalogs, as well as some letters taken from their monumental correspondence. The young critic was struck by the sculptor’s work at the Venice Biennale in 1956, where he was present with two large works in…

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Somaini in the USA

From 8 September 2021 To 31 May 2022

Somaini Foundation The new headquarters and the exhibition activities of the Foundation are inaugurated by an important personal exhibition of the sculptor that explores the fortunes of his work in the United States for about twenty years, starting from the end of the 1950s. As a matter of fact, Somaini received in 1959 the prize for best foreign sculptor at the São Paulo Biennial in Brazil and in 1960 he held his first solo show at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, organized by the Odyssia Gallery and presented by Giulio Carlo Argan. The selection, curated by Luisa Somaini…

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Somaini for Milan and the cities of the world

From 31 May To 31 August 2022

Somaini Foundation The exhibition, conceived and curated by Fulvio Irace, explores the different approaches implemented by Somaini from the mid-1960s regarding his reflection on the relationship between sculpture, architecture and urban context, which has its own systematization in the publication Urgenza nella città (1972), co-written with Enrico Crispolti. Through the presentation of a significant collection of sketches, design drawings, sculptures, models, sketches of monumental works, photographs and photomontages, the exhibition continues and enriches the topics covered in Somaini. Uno scultore per la città. New York 1967- 1976, set up at the Triennale Palace in Milan in 2017, with unpublished or…

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The Foundation’s first important initiative is the edition of the Catalogue Raisonné of the Sculpture, edited by Skira and curated by Enrico Crispolti, the art critic and historian who has followed Somaini’s creative career since 1956, and by Luisa Somaini. Indeed a great undertaking of cataloguing the plastic works created by the Master in over sixty years of intense research, of ordering the descriptions of the individual sculptures within chapters

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