Laura Barreca is a writer and critic based in Rome. Emilio Vedova, the eminent Venetian painter, was considered to be one of the most important to emerge in his country’s artistic scene after World War II. He passed away in 2006.
Over the course of 70 years, Vedova was among the protagonists of abstract Italian and European art after the Second World War. As Alessandra Barbuto recounts, “the exhibition was born in the rediscovery of a letter from 1964 written from Vedova while he was in Berlin and addressed to Palma Bucarelli, the Superintendent of the National Gallery, in which the artist mentioned a personal project of his in Rome. The show was born as a fulfillment of this ancient promise, but also of our desire to offer a complete vision of Vedova’s work. Moreover, the project was conceived when he was still alive, but after his leaving us suddenly, it became the first retrospective of his work after his death.” …