Lia Rumma Archive

Lia Rumma Archive of documentation of the exhibition arte povera più azioni povere, 1968

On the occasion of the exhibition October 1968. “arte povera più azioni povere” at Arsenali in Amalfi (October 13, 2018 – March 31, 2019), Castello di Rivoli received as a donation from Lia Rumma a copy of the photographs taken by Bruno Manconi to document arte povera più azioni povere (Antichi Arsenali della Repubblica, Amalfi, October 4-6, 1968). The exhibition was curated by Germano Celant and was organized by the Salerno-based Centro Studi Colautti, sponsored by collector, publisher and patron Marcello Rumma (Salerno, 1942-1970).

The photographs constitute a unified body of images documenting not only the works of the artists in the exhibition, but also the performative actions and some moments of the public program: the so-called “assembly” saw some of the most important critics, curators, art historians and intellectuals of the then emerging generation come together to reflect on the new expressive possibilities by artists, possible reactions to a rising contemporary art system in Italy and the role of criticism in such an art-historical context.

The exhibition in Amalfi was the first Arte Povera exhibition held in a public, albeit non-institutional, space, and constituted the first important moment of internationalization of the artists’ researches, promoting the meeting between the protagonists of Italian Arte Povera, conceptual art, postminimalist art and Land Art.