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  • Spazio Fausto Melotti, veduta dell'allestimento. Ph Mart, Bianca Lampariello
  • Fausto Melotti, "Scultura G (Nove cerchi)" (dettaglio), 1967-1968, acciaio, Mart, Deposito a lungo termine
  • Fausto Melotti, "Kore", 1954, ceramica smaltata policroma, Mart, Deposito a lungo termine
  • Fausto Melotti, "Il sole dell'apocalisse" (dettaglio), (1976), ottone, Mart, Collezione Domenico Talamoni




From 24 March 2018 Palazzo Alberti Poja hosts a permanent space devoted to Fausto Melotti. All the works in the exhibition come from the Mart Collections.





In the prestigious eighteenth-century building managed by the Fondazione Museo Civico di Rovereto a selection of works are exhibited by the great artist Fausto Melotti (Rovereto, 1901–Milan, 1986). On display are drawings, sculptures, ceramics and multi-material installations created within a fifty-year time frame, between 1930 and 1980, in a layout design that brings out the contrasts and the dialogue between different styles and periods.
Palazzo Alberti Poja is both a real and a symbolic access point to the cultural pole that, in addition to the Mart, also includes the Biblioteca Civica Tartarotti and the Auditorium Melotti.    




Sculptor, ceramicist, keen musician, writer of poems and aphorisms, Melotti grew up in Rovereto in the cultural circle to which both his cousin Carlo Belli, theorist of abstract art, and brother-in-law Gino Pollini, rationalist architect, belonged.
After completing his artistic studies with Adolfo Wildt at the Brera Academy, Melotti made his debut at the Milan gallery Il Milione, the fulcrum of research on abstractionism in Italy. Here, in 1935 he exhibited sculptures of a rigorously geometric form composed following rules which remind one of those for harmony and counterpoint in music.
In the following years, Melotti worked with Figini and Pollini on important architectural projects and dedicated himself primarily to ceramics, an art with which he had experimented since 1930 when he began to design objects in terracotta and porcelain for Richard Ginori.
In the 60s Melotti returned to sculpture with works which seemed to defy gravity: his creations are fragile constructions of metal thread and net, cloth and other unconventional materials, the result of a calculated play of equilibrium.
These works can assume the form of a small story, of a musical phrase written on a great stave or environmental dimension.
Melotti met with a success that continued to grow in the 1970s and until his death, as evidenced by his numerous one-man shows at the most important Italian and European institutions. He passed away in Milan on 22 June 1986 and in the same month the 42nd Venice Biennale of Visual Arts awarded him the Leone d’Oro posthumously.

Spazio Fausto Melotti

Palazzo Alberti Poja
41, Corso Bettini
T. 0464.452800

Opening times
Tuesday - Sunday 10 am - 6 pm
Mondays closed

Reduced entry fee of €3 for the holders of the Mart entry ticket and for Mart Membership.