Edward Hopper, a retrospective
Portraits and landscapes, preparatory drawings, engravings and oils, watercolors and ever-present images of women: the exhibition Edward Hopper is organized in in Rome, at the Vittoriano - Ala Brasini, from October 1, 2016 to February 12, 2017.
The retrospective is an important meeting with this celebrated elusive and refined American artist, unaccustomed to attending the art world but at the same time popular, recognized and beloved.
"If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint." (E. H.)
Calm, silent, bright, Hopper painted about 60 masterpieces between 1902 and 1960, exceptionally loaned by the Whitney Museum in New York, including iconic works such as Le Bistro or The Wine Shop, Summer Interior, New York Interior, South Carolina Morning and Second Story Sunlight.
One of the outstanding painting loaned is the complex and seductive oil painting Soir Bleu (about two meters long), made by Hopper in 1914 in Paris.
A completely new section is added to the exhibition and is dedicated to the influence of Hopper on cinema and especially on movies whose protagonist is Philip Marlowe, the work of Hitchcock, Psycho and Rear Window, those of Michelangelo Antonioni, up to several references in The Scream, Red Desert and The eclipse.
In Deep Red, Dario Argento reconstructs as "Nighthawks" the sequence of the bar; in Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, David Lynch is inspired by many works by Hopper, as well as Wim Wenders in the movies Paris, Texas and the Coen brothers in the movie The man who wasn't there.
Under the auspices of the Institute for the History of the Italian Risorgimento, under the patronage of the Lazio Region, in collaboration with Department of Cultural Growth - Superintendent of Cultural Heritage of Rome, the exhibition is organized and produced by Arthemisia Group with Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, curated by Barbara Haskell (of Whitney Museum) and in collaboration with Luca Beatrice.