Nicola Verlato — Art and Territory: The Hostia Project

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two man on the ground illuminated by the headligts of a car and three menacing people brandishing bars
Detail from Assassinio. image / Nicola Verlato
painting of a man falling head down from a dome
Detail from Hostia. image / Nicola Verlato
Detail from Assassinio. image / Nicola Verlato Detail from Hostia. image / Nicola Verlato


For several reasons, the relationship between figurative art and territory is considered a complex one, even though, recently there has been a resurgence of interest in it.

In this lecture, Nicola Verlato will present a project he has been working on for ten years about the figure of Pier Paolo Pasolini.

The project, which has been shown in several museums in Italy and abroad, is centered on a proposal to the city of Rome to build a mausoleum dedicated to the poet in the place where he was killed in Ostia under mysterious circumstances.

The project/exhibition is articulated in paintings, sculptures, architecture, large drawings, and music.

Nicola Verlato will illustrate his approach to the idea of extending the artistic practice outside the studio and the art system toward the city and his methodology of work.


Nicola Verlato is a painter, sculptor, architect, and musician born in Verona in 1965.

His numerous exhibitions include the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009, the Prague and Tirana Biennials, the Rome Quadrennial in 1996 and 2008, exhibitions at the Royal Palace in Milan, Triennale Palace, the PAC and the Mart, the National Museum of Stockholm, the National Museum of Helsinki, the Nuit Blanche of Toronto, the Akron Museum, and the White Columns of New York.

His work is represented by Postmasters Gallery New York–Rome, Morten Poulsen Gallery Copenhagen, and Isabel Croxatto in Santiago, Chile.

His works are present in the collections of the Mart Museum in Rovereto, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Los Angeles, the MUSAC in Salamanca, and the Iloilo Museum in the Philippines.

After fourteen years in Venice, seven in Milan, seven in New York, and seven in Los Angeles, he now resides in Rome.


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