RECALL SCULPTURE – Koninklijk Museum – Antwerp

In cooperation with Museum Middelheim Antwerp the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp is planning an exhibition about sculptures.

Among the exhibits, there’ll be the sculpture Grande Ferito (bronze), 1960 by Francesco Somaini, exposed at the VI Biennale of Middelhein in 1961 and then collection of the Koninklijk Museum.

October 28 – March 18, 2018

Koninlijk Museum Voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen

Lange Kievitstraat 111-113 bus 100, B-2018 Antwerpen


Presentation of “Contenitoreumano n.1” by Ico Parisi and Francesco Somaini at Triennale of Milan

On the occasion of the first edition of MUSEOCITY, an event that involves art museums, historic house museums and artist’s studio of Milan, at Triennale Design Museum is presented Contenitoreumano n.1 by Ico Parisi and Francesco Somaini, made for Salone del Mobile in 1968 and recently restored by the Restoration Laboratory of Triennale Design Museum. It is an utopian design prototype, related to  living spaces with strong sculptural values, made by foam and painted metal sheet. It has been donated by the Archive Francesco Somaini to Triennale Design Museum on the occasion of the recent exhibition “Francesco Somaini. A sculptor for the city. New York 1967-1976” just ended. Contenitoreumano n.1 was exposed in 1969 as part of “Campo urbano” in Como and later at Venice Biennale in 1978.

La Triennale di Milano, Viale Alemagna 6, 20121 Milan

4 – 5 march 2017, 10:30 am – 20:30 pm

Ph. by Ferdinando Scianna

NEW YORK NEW YORK. The rediscovery of America – Gallerie d’Italia e Museo del 900 – Milan

The exhibition "NEW YORK NEW YORK. The rediscovery of America: Italian Art form  Futurism to Pop Art", curated by Francesco Tedeschi, illustrates 
Italian art production from Futurism to the late sixties of the twentieth century, through 
works that have been developed after the artists' confrontation with North American reality, or which 
have been exhibited in major exhibitions dedicated to Italian art in the United States.

Somaini is exposed in the spaces of the Gallerie d'Italia in Piazza Scala with two large 
works, Proposal for a monument of 1961, related to the Baltimora monumental project, and 
Prometheus of 1963, exposed in the solo exhibition of 1964 at Galleria Odyssia in New York.
These sculptures illustrate the dialogue between the sculptural language and the city landscape..

Gallerie d'Italia, Piazza Scala - Museo del Novecento, via Guglielmo Marconi 1
13 April to 17 September 2017

A sculptor for the city. Somaini at the Triennale of Milan

The Triennale of Milan hosts an exhibition that recalls an important artistic season of Francesco Somaini, focusing on his activity in the United States.
The exhibition, curated by Enrico Crispolti and Luisa Somaini, organised by Francesco Somaini Archive in partnership with the Triennale of Milan, analyses through 16 sculptures, 15 drawings and 14 photomontages, coming from the Francesco Somaini Archive collection and some Italian private collections, the relationship between art and architecture in the modern metropolis. A big monumental sculpture will be placed in front of the main entrance of the museum, while a  design prototype, realized in 1968 with the architect Ico Parisi, will be exposed in the Triennale.

FRANCESCO SOMAINI. A sculptor for the city. New York 1967-1976
inauguration: 12 January 2017
13 January– 5 February 2017
Free entrance

The Triennale of Milano
Viale Alemagna 6
20121 Milano
tel. +39 02 724341


The work for the catalogue raisonné of the sculptor Francesco Somaini (1926-2005) is about to be closed.

The first book, curated by Enrico Crispolti and Luisa Somaini, will be dedicated to sculpture and will be published by Skira.

Collectors are advised to URGENTLY send the following form filled (one form for each work of art), and at least one publishable photograph of the work of art (therefore taken by a professional photographer), together with a photograph of the signature detail.
The Archive is available for any doubt or supplementary information.