Concurrrently with her retrospective at the MAXXI in Rome, Maria Lai's work will be displayed in a solo show at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Paris in collaboration with the Fondazione Stazione dell'Arte, the Archive of Maria Lai, the Fondazione di Sardegna, and the patronage of the Municipality of Ulassai. The exhibition, curated by Davide Marani, focuses on how Maria Lai 'follows the rhythm' in her art to make it an experience that is both poetic and social.
This exhibition features contemporary artworks that combine the best of two disciplines highlighting the role of human hands. Homo Faber: Craft in Contemporary Sculpture sheds a new light on contemporary sculpture after 1990 by showcasing sculpture works created with crafting skills. This exhibition represents a formalistic approach that highlights the validity of the genre at the crossroads of sculpture and craft.
On the occasion of the centenary of the artist’s birth, MAXXI is devoting a major exhibition to Maria Lai (1919–2013), one of the most individual voices in Italian contemporary art.