Arnaldo Pomodoro, Italian (1926 - )

Arnaldo Pomodoro

Arnaldo Pomodoro is an Italian sculptor. He was born on 23 June 1926, in Morciano, Romagna, Italy. He currently lives and works in Milan. His brother, Giò Pomodoro (1930–2002) was also a sculptor.

Pomodoro designed a controversial fiberglass crucifix for the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The piece is topped with a fourteen foot in diameter crown of thorns which hovers over the figure of Christ.

Some of Pomodoro's "Sphere Within Sphere" (Sfera con Sfera) can be seen in the Vatican Museums, Trinity College, Dublin, the United Nations Headquarters in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, American Republic Insurance Company in Des Moines, Iowa, the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio, and the University of California, Berkeley.

In Copenhagen, Denmark, he has created sculptory for the Amaliehaven park which was inaugurated on the waterfront in fron of Amalienborg Palace in 1983. His thematic work "Forme del Mito" (Forms of Myth) was displayed at Brisbane's World Expo '88 and was later purchased by Brisbane City Council for the City of Brisbane. Museum of Outdoor Arts also has a piece by Pomodoro in their collection entitled "Disco Emergente" which is on permanent public display in Greenwood Village, CO USA.

In 1996 he created the stage designs for Eugene O'Neill's Plays of the Sea and for Jean Anouilh's Antigone. In 1998 he produced the stage designs and the costumes for Shakespeare's Tempest. Since 1954 he has lived in Milan and has his studio alongside the docks in Porta Ticinese.

In 1999 he founded Fondazione Pomodoro in Milan. Originally conceived as a centre to document and archive the work of the artist, it opened an exhibition space in 2005, hosting exhibitions of prominent artists such as Jannis Kounellis. The director of Fondazione Pomodoro is Flaminio Gualdoni.

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