Arnaldo Pomodoro - 20th Century to Now London Friday, June 30, 2023 | Phillips
  • “The concerns of my work as an artist have always centred on the relationship between the individual sculpture and the space in which it is sited. A sculpture, indeed, is the realization of a space of its own within the greater space in which it lives and moves. When a work transforms the place in which it is located, it takes on the valence of a true and proper witness of the times that spawned it, and thus places a mark on its context, enriching it with additional layers of memory. Today I think of my sculptures as crystals… I see them as relating to borders and voyages, to the worlds of complexity and imagination.”
    —Arnaldo Pomodoro

    • Provenance

      Galerie Semiha Huber, Zurich
      Private Collection, Switzerland
      Koller Auktionen AG, Zurich, 1 December 2022, lot 3434
      Thomas B. Lemann, New Orleans (acquired at the above sale)
      Thence by descent to the present owners

    • Exhibited

      Zurich, Galerie Semiha Huber, Arnaldo Pomodoro, 1988 (another example exhibited)
      Novara, Palazzo del Broletto, Galleria Sorrenti, Arnaldo Pomodoro, May - June 1989 (another example exhibited)
      Hakone Open-Air Museum, Arnaldo Pomodoro, 15 January - 21 March 1994, p. 60 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
      Milan, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Sala Napoleonica, Scene del Mediterraneo, 1995 (another example exhibited)
      Sarzana, Fortezza Firmafede, Il mito e il classico nell'arte contemporanea 1960-1990, 28 April - 15 July 1995, p. 148 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
      Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Opera: Percorsi nel mondo del melodramma, 17 December 1997- 9 March 1998 (another example exhibited)
      Cantù, Riva R1920 Centre, Arnaldo Pomodoro. I profgetti scenici-, 2003 (another example exhibited)

    • Literature

      B. di Gioia, 'Arnaldo Pomodoro, L'arte lunga', Iterarte, Bologna, October 1993, no. 37, October, pp. 37-45 and p. 43 (another example illustrated)
      Yukan Fuji, 1994 (illustrated)
      Flaminio Gualdoni ed., Arnaldo Pomodoro: Catalogo ragionato della scultura, Milan, 2007, vol. II, p. 681, no. 836 (another example illustrated)



Porte dell'Edipo

incised with the artist's signature, title and number '"PORTE dell' EDIPO Arnaldo Pomodoro 6/9' on the base
63 x 74.1 x 40.1 cm (24 3/4 x 29 1/8 x 15 3/4 in.)
Executed in 1988, this work is number 6 from an edition of 9 plus 2 artist's proofs.

Full Cataloguing

£60,000 - 80,000 Ω♠

Sold for £88,900

Contact Specialist

Leonor de Osma
Head of Sale, 20th Century to Now
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20th Century to Now

London Auction 30 June 2023