Cesare Tacchi. Una retrospettiva at Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, February 7 – May 6, 2018

Cesare Tacchi. Una retrospettiva is a monographic exhibition, an exercise of attention, study and enhancement, which traces, through the events in the artist’s life, the intellectual tensions of over half a century. The exhibition narrative focuses on the works of Cesare Tacchi (1940–2014) to whom the city of Rome is paying tribute a little over three years after his death. Portrayed by critics in 1959 as ‘a silent and chaste young solitary man’, Tacchi did not change his temperament over the years. Perhaps it was this that allowed him to eliminate the inconsistencies that abounded in contemporary visual culture, and to undertake, without proclamations, new and undefeated directions. Over one hundred works displayed in chronological order will reconstruct his entire artistic career.” — Palazzo delle Esposizioni 

Struttura bianca su nero (White structure on black), 1962. Enamel on woven paper, 122×140 cm. Private collection, Roma. Photo: Salvatore Piermarini – Archivio Cesare Tacchi

Super n. 3, 1962. Enamel on woven paper, 122×158 cm. Private collection, Roma. Photo: Simona Filippini

Circolare rossa (Circular red), 1963. Enamel on woven paper, 140 x180 cm. Private collection, Roma. Photo: Sergio Pucci

Paola e poltrona (Paola and armchair), 1964. Painting on canvas and relief (enamel, pastel, canvas, nails, capoc, wood), 145×100 cm. Stefano Dello Schiavo Collection, Roma

Piazza Navona (detail), 1964. Painting on canvas and relief (enamel, pastel, canvas, nails, capoc, wood), 63×70 cm. Private collection. Courtesy Erica Ravenna Arte Contemporanea

Poltrona gialla (Yellow armchair), 1964. Painting on canvas and relief (enamel, pastel, canvas, nails, capoc, wood),  160×120 cm. Private collection. Photo: Archivio Galleria d’Arte Niccoli, Parma

I fidanzati (The engaged couple), 1965. Painting on printed fabric and relief (enamel, pastel, felt-tip pen, two different fabrics, one printed and one solid color, sewing thread, capoc, staples, nails, screws, metal hinges, wood). Two elements, overall size, 130×200 cm. Lillo Collection, Paris. Photo: Archivio Cesare Tacchi

La primavera allegra (Cheerful spring), 1965. Painting on printed fabric and relief (enamel, pastel, felt-tip pen, 6 different printed fabrics and one solid color, sewing thread, nails, capoc, metal hinges, wood). Three elements, overall size 210x301x8 cm. Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia

Quadro per una coppia felice (Artwork for a happy couple), 1965. Painting on printed fabric and relief (enamel, pastel, felt-tip pen, two different fabrics, one printed and one solid color, sewing thread, staples, head, wood), 100×120 cm. Courtesy Galleria Tega, Milano

Renato e poltrona (Renato and armchair), 1965. Painting on printed fabric and relief (enamel, pastel, felt-tip pen, printed cloth, nails, head, wood), 140×160 cm. Private collection, Svizzera. Photo: Salvatore Piermarini – Archivio Cesare Tacchi

Foglioline bianche (Small white leaves), 1991. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 167 x 92 cm. Photo: Salvatore Piermarini – Archivio Cesare Tacchi

Foglioline nere (Small black leaves), 1991. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 167 x 92 cm. Photo: Salvatore Piermarini – Archivio Cesare Tacchi

I fogli (Sheets), 1955. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 200 x 12 cm. Photo: Salvatore Piermarini – Archivio Cesare Tacchi

Defogliato (Defoliated), 1995. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 200 x 125 cm. Photo: Salvatore Piermarini – Archivio Cesare Tacchi

I segni (Signs), 1995. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 200 x 125 cm. Photo: Salvatore Piermarini – Archivio Cesare Tacchi.

Cesare Tacchi in his studio, Roma 1965. Photo: Plinio De Martiis. Archivio Galleria Il Segno

Exhibition was curated by Daniela Lancioni and Ilaria Bernardi.

Images courtesy Palazzo delle Esposizioni.