16th International Architecture Exhibition

Venice, Giardini di Castello – Central Pavilion

May 26th – November 25th 2018

“Everyday Wonders CZ reads LCD”.  The interest of scholars continues for the exceptional collaboration established since the mid-fifties between the architect Luigi Caccia Dominioni and the sculptor Francesco Somaini. The architect Cino Zucchi, curator of the exhibition, has included three large graffiti on a painted table made in 1958, as preparatory drawings of the floor mosaics realized by Somaini for the building designed by the architect Caccia Dominioni, located in Corso Italia 22, Milan. Also photographic documentation of the great wall graffiti, performed by Somaini in the early sixties for the fireplace (currently destroyed) of his mother’s apartment, and other original solutions, designed by the architect for the sculptor’s residence, located in the same building complex .

The exhibition is accompanied by a monographic catalogue

Opening time: 10.00 – 18.00  Closed on Mondays (except on May 28th, August 13th, September 3rd, November 19th)


Francesco Somaini at MiART 2018

Open Art Gallery of Prato exhibits two important works by Somaini: Grande Martirio Piagato (II versione), 1960 (pewter) and Memoria dell’Apocalisse II, 1962 (bronze).

MiArt  http://www.miart.it/en

April, 13th-15th,  Fiera Milano City, Viale Scarampo  Gate 5

Friday and Saturday: 12-20, Sunday: 11-19

PAD. 3, Gate 6,  Stand A48

2018 May 7-8 – Commission for authentications

It is announced that the next commission for authentications will meet on 7 and 8 May 2018.

Please send the works to be examined few days before at the Milan headquarters of the archive where they will be examined by Prof. Enrico Crispolti and Prof. Luisa Somaini.

Further information in the “Archive” section



RECALL SCULPTURE Sculptures from the collection of the KMSKA

RECALL SCULPTURE is an exhibition of tabletop sculptures from the 1950s to the 1970s. The works come from the collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp (KMSKA), and were purchased at the biennials the Middelheim Museum organised since its inception.

These fifty small sculptures bear witness to the renewed creative and artistic freedom discovered by post-war artists. In addition, they are precursors of contemporary art, not least through their choice of subject and material. The sculptures are therefore coming home to the Middelheim in more ways than one. The museum is hosting the exhibition as part of the Dicht maar dichtbij (Closed but close by) programme of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, pending its reopening in 2019. Curator of the exhibition is Greta Van Broeckhoven, conservator art of the 20th century, KMSKA.

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.

Opening festivities on Saturday 28 October
28.10-2017 – 18.03.2018
October to March – 10 am to 5 pm
Closed on Mondays and 1 November

Middelheimlaan 61
2020 Antwerp – Belgium
Tel.: +32 (0)3 288 33 60 – Fax: +32 (0)3 288 33 99
E-mail: middelheimmuseum@stad.antwerpen.be

Robilant+Voena. Italian Post-War Sculpture

Between Figuration and Abstraction

On the occasion of Frieze Masters 2017, in the London branch of the gallery, Robilant+Voena hosts an exhibition, curated by Francesca Pola, on Italian postwar sculpture . This exhibition presents works created during the pivotal moment after the war when Italian sculptors rejected the past and redefined the meaning, purpose and manifestation of their art. As sculptors built new and extraordinary forms, concurrently, their country built a new and buoyant Italy.
Sculptors represented include Andrea Cascella, Pietro Consagra, Lucio Fontana, Marino Marini, Umberto Mastroianni, Fausto Melotti, Eduardo Paolozzi, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Alberto Viani and Francesco Somaini (Da sotto la polvere: quasi un volo (la guerra ritorna), 1967-69, bronze in nickel bath, 23,8×38,3×26 cm).

october 4th – november 17th 2017

Robilant+Voena, London
38 Dover Street, W1S 4NL
monday – friday 10AM-6PM


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.