FRANCESCA POLA

Art Historian and Curator

PUBLICATIONS

Books and exhibition catalogues
written and edited by Francesca Pola

Gianni Colombo. The Body and the Space 1959-1980, monograph published on the occasion of the exhibition, Robilant + Voena, London, October 2 – November 20, 2015, Marsilio, Venice (co-curator, with M. Scotini).

Arthur Duff, text published on the occasion of the exhibition, Marignana Arte, Venice, 26 September 2015 – 16 January 2016.

Carlo Ciussi, monograph published on the occasion of the exhibition, Villa Pisani, Bagnolo di Lonigo (VI), 19 September– 14 November 2015.

Ignazio Gadaleta. Scritti di Enrico Crispolti, Marsilio, Venice, 2015.

Hsiao Chin. Un viaggio attraverso l’universo, monograph published on the occasion of the exhibition, Robilant + Voena, Milan, May 28 – July 10, 2015.

Italian Neo-Renaissance. Bonalumi Scheggi, exhibition catalogue, Robilant + Voena at Moretti Fine Art, New York, May 5-28, 2015.

Jiri Kolar, monograph published on the occasion of the exhibition, Museo di pittura murale in San Domenico and Galleria Open Art, Prato, April 18– June 28 2015, Carlo Cambi Editore, Poggibonsi (FI).

Bonalumi. Sculture/Sculptures, monograph published on the occasion of the exhibition, Mazzoleni Galleria d’Arte, Torino, October 30, 2014 – January 31, 2015; Mazzoleni Art, London, February 6 – April 4, 2015, Numerozeroeditore, Milano.

Rodolfo Aricò. Unquiet Painting. The Nineties, exhibition catalogue, Monographia 6, in Cantiere del ’900. Works from the Intesa Sanpaolo Collection, Gallerie d’Italia – Piazza Scala, Milano, October 3, 2014 – January 18, 2015, Skira, Milano

Paolo Scheggi, monograph published on the occasion of the exhibition, Robilant + Voena, London, October 1 – November 30, 2014, Skira – Rizzoli, Milano.

Grazia Varisco. Ventilati, exhibition catalogue, A arte Invernizzi, Milano, September 23 – November 5, 2014

Morterone: una soglia poetica. Natura Arte Poesia, book edited by E. Invernizzi and F. Pola, published on the occasion of the exhibition, Palazzo delle Paure, Lecco, September 14 – November 9, 2014, Associazione Culturale Amici di Morterone.

Nicola Carrino, exhibition catalogue, Villa Pisani, Bagnolo di Lonigo, June 15 – November 8, 2014. See the video documentary realized for the occasion

Arcangelo Sassolino, exhibition catalogue, Villa Pisani, Bagnolo di Lonigo, June 15 – November 8, 2014. See the video documentary realized for the occasion

Raum und Licht. Riccardo De Marchi + Francesco Candeloro, Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg, Aschaffenburg, May 18 – July 11, 2014.

Piero Manzoni e ZERO. Una regione creativa europea, Electa, Milano 2014.

Nanni Balestrini. Dominating the Visible, Quaderno della Fondazione Marconi n. 13 published on the occasion of the exhibition, Fondazione Marconi, Milano, April 16 – May 31, 2014.

Una visione internazionale. Piero Manzoni e Albisola, Electa, Milano 2013.

Michelangelo Pistoletto. The Unexpected Image, exhibition catalogue published on the occasion of Frieze Masters 2013, London, October 17 – 22, Robilant + Voena 2013.

Agostino Bonalumi. All the Shapes of Space 1958-1976, monograph published on the occasion of the exhibition, Robilant + Voena, London, October 4 – November 15, 2013, Skira – Rizzoli, Milano. Listen to Francesca Pola’s interview on Radio 3 Suite and see the video documentary realized for the occasion

Marines – Morterone: même combat. Works from the Billarant Collection. Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Stanley Brouwn, Peter Downsbrough, Donald Judd, Sol Lewitt, Claude Rutault, Fred Sandback, Lawrence Weiner, catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition, Palazzo Municipale, Morterone, July 7 – August 28, 2013, Associazione Culturale Amici di Morterone 2013.

Mario Nigro. Werke / Works / Opere 1952-1992, exhibition catalogue, Kunstsammlungen, Chemnitz, December 1, 2012 – February 3, 2013, Kunstsammlungen, Chemnitz (co-curator, with I. Mössinger). Listen to Francesca Pola’s interview on Radio 3 Suite

Mauro Staccioli. Lost Forms, exhibition catalogue, A arte Studio Invernizzi, Milano, September 25 - November 21, 2012

Niele Toroni, exhibition catalogue, Villa Pisani, Bagnolo di Lonigo, June 23 – November 10, 2012.

Arthur Duff, exhibition catalogue, Villa Pisani, Bagnolo di Lonigo, June 23 – November 10, 2012.

Nelio Sonego. Compresenze. Werke von Bruno Querci und Nelio Sonego. Gedichte von Carlo Invernizzi, exhibition catalogue, Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg, Aschaffenburg, May 19 – July 8, 2012.

Bruno Querci, Compresenze. Werke von Bruno Querci und Nelio Sonego. Gedichte von Carlo Invernizzi, exhibition catalogue, Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg, Aschaffenburg, May 19 – July 8, 2012.

Immagine della luce. Artisti della contemporaneità internazionale per Villa Clerici, exhibition catalogue, Galleria d’Arte Sacra dei Contemporanei di Villa Clerici, Milano, May 12 – July 4, 2012 (co-curator, with P. Bolpagni).

Alan Charlton, Ulrich Rückriem, Niele Toroni. The Trajectories of Equilibrium, exhibition catalogue, A arte Studio Invernizzi, Milano, December 13, 2011 – February 22, 2012.

Manzoni. Azimut, book published on the occasion of the exhibition, Gagosian Gallery, London, November 16, 2011 – January 4, 2012, Gagosian Gallery, London, in collaboration with Fondazione Piero Manzoni, Milano. Listen to Francesca Pola’s interview on Radio 3 Suite.

Niele Toroni. Brush Impressions..., exhibition catalogue, A arte Studio Invernizzi, Milano, September 20 - November 30, 2011.

Bice Lazzari. The balance of the space, exhibition catalogue, MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Roma, June 25 – October 30, 2011, Marsilio, Venezia (co-curator, with L. M. Barbero).

Laboratorio Schifano, exhibition catalogue, MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Roma, October 26, 2010 – February 6, 2011 (extended to October 2011), Electa, Milano (co-curator, with Archivio Mario Schifano and L. M. Barbero).

Fabio Sargentini’s ATTICO 1966-1978, MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Roma, October 26, 2010 – February 6, 2011 (extended to May 2011), Electa, Milano (co-curator, with L. M. Barbero).

David Tremlett, exhibition catalogue, Villa Pisani, Bagnolo di Lonigo, June 26 – November 13, 2010.

Bruno Querci, exhibition catalogue, Villa Pisani, Bagnolo di Lonigo, June 26 – November 13, 2010.

Günter Umberg – Elisabeth Vary, exhibition catalogue, Ars Now Seragiotto, Padova, May 27 – July 17, 2010.

Mario Nigro. From Total Space to Satanic Paintings, exhibition catalogue, A arte Studio Invernizzi, Milano, March 18 – May, 2010 (co-curator, with S. Lemoine).

Rome: we were the Avant-Garde, exhibition catalogue, MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Roma, January 23 – April 5, 2010, Electa, Milano (co-curator, with L. M. Barbero).

1959-1969 experimental Turin. A history of the chronicle: the system of the arts as avant-garde, exhibition catalogue, Sala Bolaffi, Torino, February 19 – May 9, 2010, Giulio Bolaffi Editore, Torino (co-curator, with G. Bertolino).

Atanasio Soldati. Le mie evasioni dall’astratto, exhibition catalogue, LAC Lagorio Arte Contemporanea, Brescia, December 12, 2009 – February 16, 2010.

Cesare Zavattini unknown, exhibition catalogue, MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Roma, October 13, 2009 – January 10, 2010, Electa, Milano (co-curator, with G. Mastinu).

Riccardo De Marchi, exhibition catalogue, Villa Pisani, Bagnolo di Lonigo, June 19 – November 8, 2009.

Alan Charlton, exhibition catalogue, Villa Pisani, Bagnolo di Lonigo, June 19 – November 8, 2009.

Rodolfo Aricò. Germinating Erotic. Rodolfo Aricò’s Work in the 1980s, exhibition catalogue, A arte Studio Invernizzi, Milano, May 19 – July 10, 2009

Enrico Castellani – François Morellet, exhibition catalogue, A arte Invernizzi Seragiotto, Padova, Milano, March 21 – May 18, 2009 (co-curator, with F. Sardella).

François Morellet, exhibition catalogue, Villa Pisani, Bagnolo di Lonigo, June 21 – November 8, 2008.

Igino Legnaghi, exhibition catalogue, Villa Pisani, Bagnolo di Lonigo, June 21 – November 8, 2008.

Ulrich Rückriem, exhibition catalogue, A arte Studio Invernizzi, Milano, 15 May – July 4, 2008.

Pino Pinelli. Pittura, exhibition catalogue, Santo Ficara Arte Contemporanea, Firenze, February 2008.

Gianni Colombo, exhibition catalogue, A arte Studio Invernizzi, Milano December 4, 2007 – February 13, 2008

Toti Scialoja. Time as an absolute gesture, exhibition catalogue, Galleria Open Art, Prato, November 17, 2007 – February 4, 2008, Gli Ori, Prato.

Nelio Sonego. Michel Verjux, exhibition catalogue, Villa Pisani, Bagnolo di Lonigo, September 29 – November 4, 2007.

Gianfranco Zappettini. Traiettorie del silenzio, exhibition catalogue, Cavenaghi Arte, Milano, May 11 – June 3, 2006.

Mauro Staccioli. Space: a Blank Page, A arte Studio Invernizzi, Milano, 2006.

Piero Manzoni e Albisola, Quaderni dell’Archivio Opera Piero Manzoni 1, Milano, 2006.

Dadamaino. I fatti della vita, exhibition catalogue, A arte Studio Invernizzi, Milano, October 7 – November 25, 2005.

Alan Charlton. David Tremlett, exhibition catalogue, A arte Studio Invernizzi, Milano, January 20 – March 11, 2005.

Nelio Sonego. Orizzontaleverticale, exhibition catalogue, A arte Studio Invernizzi, Milano, May 18 – July 9, 2004.

Artisti americani tra le due guerre. Una raccolta di documenti, Vita & Pensiero, Milano, 2004 (co-editor, with F. Tedeschi and G. Scimé, and author of the essay: Arte, istituzioni, politica e società nell’America tra le due guerre, pp. 15 - 23).

Bruno Querci. Figures of Light, exhibition catalogue, Galleria Open Art, Prato, February 15 – March 22, 2003.

Alan Charlton: The Practice of Purity, exhibition catalogue, A arte Studio Invernizzi, Milano, December 13, 2002 – February 12, 2003.

Mauro Staccioli in California, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Los Angeles, 2002.

Michel Verjux. Il buon uso della luce nella luce, exhibition catalogue, A arte Studio Invernizzi, Milano, October 19 – December 1, 2001.

François Morellet, exhibition cataogue, A arte Studio Invernizzi, Milano, December 15, 2000 – February 14, 2001.


Essays and studies by Francesca Pola
in other books and exhibition catalogues

Artists Take the Lead: Strategies of Imagination in Italy, 1957-1967, essay for the book The Artist as Curator. Collaborative Initiatives in the International ZERO Movement 1957-1967, edited by Tiziana Caianiello and Mattijs Visser with Antoon Melissen, Andres Pardey, Johan Pas, Dirk Pörschmann, Francesca Pola, Ulrike Schmitt, Thekla Zell, ZERO foundation, Düsseldorf and AsaMER, Ghent, 2015, pp. 59-114.

Remo Bianco’s 3D. A radical experimentalism, in Arte Milano, booklet published on the occasion the exhibition, Galleria Blu, Milan, May 19 – July 17, 2015, pp. 4-9.

The Image Redefined. Poetics of Zeroing in the European Neo-avant-garde, in ZERO, book published on the occasion of the exhibition, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, March 21 – June 8, 2015; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, July 4 – November 8, 2015, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln, pp. 191-199.

Hermann Goepfert, Piero Manzoni, and Lucio Fontana. Notes on Frankfurt am Main, a “Node” in the Network of the European Neo-Avant-Garde, in Hermann Goepfert, Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2015, pp. 268-274.

The Constellation of “the new artistic conception”. Azimut/h Epicenter of the European Neo-avant-garde, in Azimut/h. Continuity and Newness, exhibition catalogue, Collezione Peggy Guggenheim, Venezia, September 20, 2014 – January 19, 2015, Marsilio, Venezia, pp. 123 – 142.

François Morellet e Antonio Scaccabarozzi, in François Morellet. Antonio Scaccabarozzi, catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition, Palazzo Municipale, Morterone, July 6 – August 26, 2014, Associazione Culturale Amici di Morterone, p. 9.

Perpetua trasformazione, in Rudi Wach. La porta delle mani / The door of the hands, exhibition catalogue, Mercati di Traiano – Museo dei Fori Imperiali, Roma, June 20 – September 14, 2014, Palombi Editore, Roma, pp. 36-47.

In rete - in tempo reale. Piero Manzoni e una geografia possibile della neoavanguardia europea, in Piero Manzoni 1933-1963, exhibition catalogue, Palazzo Reale, Milano, March 26 – June 2, 2014, Skira, Ginevra - Milano 2014, pp. 45-56.

21 short historical-critical essays, in L’arte moderna in Intesa Sanpaolo. La collezione Luigi e Peppino Agrati, Electa, Milano 2014

31 short historical-critical essays, in L’arte moderna in Intesa Sanpaolo, Electa, Milano 2014.

2 short historical-critical essays (Max Ernst. Le réveil officiel du serin; Grazia Varisco. Reticolo frangibile nero e rosso), in Homo ludens. Quando l'arte incontra il gioco, exhibition catalogue, Monographia 4, in Cantiere del ’900. Opere dalle collezioni Intesa Sanpaolo, Gallerie d’Italia – Piazza Scala, Milano, November 27, 2013 – March 30, 2014, Skira, Ginevra - Milano, 2013, p. 50; p. 55.

“Fontana touched the Moon”. Light and Space in the Environments by Lucio Fontana, in The medium of light in the context of the neo-avant-garde of the 1950s and 1960s, Düsseldorf university press, 2013, pp. 11-30.

Manzoni in Film. The Immaterial Body of the idea, in Piero Manzoni. When Bodies Became Art, catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main , June 26 – September 22, 2013, pp. 157-167.

Rodolfo Aricò and the Sixties. Centrality and originality of a contemporary classic, in Rodolfo Aricò. Object of painting and painting of space, monograph published on the occasion of the exhibition, Collezione Peggy Guggenheim, Venezia, February 22 – April 15, 2013, pp. 71-90.

Rodolfo Aricò, in Post War. Fontana, Dorazio, Castellani, Scheggi, Aricò, catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition, Collezione Peggy Guggenheim, Venezia, February 23 – April 15, 2013, pp. 21-25.

Gli anni Sessanta, tra Europa e Stati Uniti. Alcune trasformazioni radicali di un decennio cruciale, in Gli anni Sessanta nelle Collezioni Guggenheim. Oltre l'informale, verso la Pop Art, exhibition catalogue, ARCA, Chiesa di San Marco, Vercelli, February 9 – May 12, 2013, Eventi e Progetti Editore, Biella, pp. 43-67.

Zero als radikale Utopie, in 4321 Zero, book published on the occasion of the exhibition, Zero auf Papier, Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren, November 25, 2012 – February 17, 2013, pp. 545-546.

The Civil Sign: within the Breath of Life. The Work of Capogrossi in the 1960s; A New Perspective: Capogrossi and the United States (co-author with L. M. Barbero), in Capogrossi. A Retrospective, exhibition catalogue, Collezione Peggy Guggenheim, Venezia, September 29, 2012 – February 10, 2013, Marsilio, Venezia, pp. 139-191, 233-279.

3 short historical-critical essays in Il colore come forma plastica. Percorso attraverso una forma di astrazione, exhibition catalogue – Monographia 1, in Cantiere del ’900. Opere dalle collezioni Intesa Sanpaolo, Gallerie d’Italia – Piazza Scala, Milano, Skira, Ginevra - Milano, 2012.

20 short essays historical-critical for Cantiere del ’900. Opere dalle collezioni Intesa Sanpaolo, Gallerie d’Italia, Milano, Skira, Ginevra - Milano, 2012.

Respirare Camminare Dipingere. Una conversazione con Niele Toroni a cura di Francesca Pola, in Prix Meret Oppenheim 2012. Bice Curiger Niele Toroni Günter Vogt. Interviews. Bundesamt für Kultur BAK, pp. 43 – 67.

Piet Mondrian: un maestro dell’avanguardia attraverso il XX secolo, in I giganti dell'avanguardia. Mirò Mondrian Calder e le collezioni Guggenheim, exhibition catalogue, ARCA, Chiesa di San Marco, Vercelli, March 3 – June 10, 2012, Silvana Editoriale, Cinisello Balsamo, Milano, pp. 15-55.

Media immateriali per materializzare il tutto. Fotografia e film nell’Arte Povera, in Arte Povera 2011, exhibition catalogue, Castello di Rivoli, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli – Torino, October 9, 2011 – Februry 19, 2012; Triennale di Milano, Milano, October 25, 2011 – January 29, 2012; MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, September 24 – December 26, 2011; Galleria Nazionale d’arte moderna e contemporanea, Roma, December 6, 2011 – March 4, 2012; MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Roma, October 6, 2011 – January 8, 2012; MADRE, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina, Napoli, November 11, 2011 – February 20, 2012; Bari, Teatro Margherita, December 15, 2011- March 11, 2012, Electa, Milano, 2011, pp. 600-615.

The Emotional Physiology of Space, in Ciussi 1964-2011. All the Visions of Colour, exhibition catalogue, Casa Cavazzini, Udine, May 22 – October 2, 2011, Civici Musei, Udine, pp. 189-231.

Il futuro al presente. Milano e Roma negli anni sessanta: il dialogo dell’arte; Ugo Mulas e un archivio per Milano, in Gli irripetibili anni ’60, exhibition catalogue, Fondazione Roma Museo, Palazzo Cipolla, Roma, May 10 – July 31, 2011, Skira, Milano, pp. 227-289, 295-307.

Tancredi a Roma negli anni Cinquanta. Un nodo geografico e poetico; “Con un po’ d’amore e senza troppi gesti”. Milano – Nord Europa – Parigi: genealogie tancrediane tra fine anni ’50 e primi anni ’60; Intervista a Beatrice Monti della Corte, in Tancredi. Feltre, exhibition catalogue, Galleria d’Arte Moderna “Carlo Rizzarda”, Feltre, April 9 – August 28, 2011, Silvana Editoriale, Cinisello Balsamo, pp. 43-54, 177-216, 217-220.

The Breath of Painting. Giorgio Griffa and the Natural Discipline of the Golden Ratio, in Giorgio Griffa. Golden Ratio, exhibition catalogue, MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Roma, February 12 – March 13, 2011, Marsilio, Venezia, pp. 28-34.

“To experience the flow of life itself”. The Remote and Future Signs of Carla Accardi, in Carla Accardi. Sign and Transparency, exhibition catalogue, Fondazione Puglisi Cosentino, Catania, February 6 – June 12, 2011, Silvana Editoriale, Milano, pp. 61-95.

The Visual Anthropology of Precision. Mario Ballocco and Origine, in Mario Ballocco. The Odyssey of Homo Sapiens, exhibition catalogue, MACRO, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Roma, October 1, 2010 – February 6, 2011, Marsilio, Venezia, pp. 38-63.

Spazialismo Essentialisme Achrome. Bodies of Light and Dialectis of the Immaterial, in Jef Verheyen and friends, exhibition catalogue, Langen Foundation, Neuss, September 11, 2010 – January 16, 2011, ASA Publishers, Bruxelles, pp. 140-167.

Carlo Cardazzo e Cesare Zavattini: parole-visioni tra Venezia e Roma. Frammenti da un carteggio inedito, in Studi in onore di Francesca Flores d’Arcais, Vita & Pensiero, Milano, 2010, pp. 219 – 223.

Palladio’s Colours, in Francesco Candeloro. From the Project Luoghi e Segni. Città delle Città, Frammenti di Luoghi, Intimi Luoghi, I tempi della Luce, book published on the occasion of the exhibition, Piazza Petrarca, Padova, December 10, 2009 – March 3, 2010; Palazzo Fortuny, Venezia, March 27 – July 18, 2010; Villa Pisani Bonetti, Bagnolo di Lonigo, April 10 – May 30, 2010, Skira, Milano, pp. 86-99.

Catalogo scientifico delle opere, in Peggy e Solomon R. Guggenheim. Le avanguardie dell’astrazione, exhibition catalogue, ARCA, Chiesa di San Marco, Vercelli, February 20 – May 30, 2010, Giunti, Firenze, pp. 54-201.

Interviews with Ezio Gribaudo, Liliana Dematteis, Piero Gilardi, Sandro De Alexandris, Giorgio Griffa, Ugo Nespolo, Franz Paludetto, in Torino sperimentale 1959-1969. Una storia della cronaca: il sistema delle arti come avanguardia, Allemandi, Torino, 2010, pp. 72-89, 162-185, 266-291, 340-361, 414-425, 454-471, 478-491 (with G. Bertolino).

Dialoghi tra spazio e tempo. Il sistema dell’avanguardia; Il Museo sperimentale. Dall’utopia alle nuove identità; Intersezioni e sconfinamenti. Luoghi di una identità plurale, in Torino sperimentale 1959-1969. Una storia della cronaca: il sistema delle arti come avanguardia, Allemandi, Torino, 2010, pp. 130-161, 362-413, 426-453.

Battisti oggi, in Eugenio Battisti. Storia, critica, progetto nella continuità della ricerca, edited by A. Piva and P. Galliani, proceedings of the international conference (Milano, May 4, 2009), Gangemi Editore, Roma, 2009, pp. 97-103.

Mario Schifano: Inventory of the Future, in Schifano. Tutte STELLE, exhibition catalogue, MDM Museum, Porto Cervo, May 23 – October 30, 2009, Skira, Milano, pp. 115-138.

L’utopia ferita, in Paolo Gallerani. Sculture e ambienti 1999-2009, exhibition catalogue, Politecnico di Milano, Campus Bovisa, Milano, February 17 – March 6, 2009, Officina Libraria, Milano, pp. 37-41.

Eine zweipolige und verzweiget Identität. Der Kontext der Kunst in Mailand und Turin, in Hot Spots. Rio de Janeiro / Milano – Torino / Los Angeles 1956 bis 1969, exhibition catalogue, Zürich, Kunsthaus, February 13 – May 3, 2009, Steidl, Gottingen, pp. 104-111.

Catalogo scientifico delle opere, in Peggy Guggenheim e la nuova pittura americana, exhibition catalogue, ARCA, Chiesa di San Marco, Vercelli, November 21, 2008 – March 1, 2009, Giunti, Firenze, pp. 56-193.

La biblioteca illuminata, in Michel Verjux. Deux incises de lumière projeté, book realized for the unveiling of the homonymous permanent installation, Vignate, Biblioteca comunale “La Fonte di Vignate”, November 15, 2009, pp. 17-21.

Una “centrale creativa” a Milano: la Galleria del Naviglio di Carlo Cardazzo (co-author, with L. M. Barbero); Carlo Cardazzo e Albisola: una stagione internazionale; Carlo Cardazzo verso il futuro, tra Nord Europa e Stati Uniti, in Carlo Cardazzo. Una nuova visione dell’arte, exhibition catalogue, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venezia, November 1, 2008 – February 9, 2009, Electa, Milano, pp. 165-183, 339-349, 351-381.

“Questa orchestra più vasta mi aiuta a rimanere dentro la sfera dell’incertezza”. La modulazione sottile e fantastica della ceramica di Fausto Melotti, in Il presente si fa storia. Studi di storia dell'arte in onore di Luciano Caramel, Vita & Pensiero, Milano 2008.

Il muro ritrovato, in Emilio Scanavino. Il muro ritrovato, exhibition catalogue, Fortezza del Priamàr, Sala della Sibilla, Galleria Conarte, Savona, June 21 – September 3, 2008, Conarte.

Artypo: Where Images are Born, in Rotella. Playing Artypo, exhibition catalogue, MDM Museum, Porto Cervo, June 13 – September 21, 2008, Skira, Milano, pp. 93-109.

The art context in Milan and Turin: a bipolar and ramified identity, in Time & Place. Milano - Torino 1958-1968, exhibition catalogue, Moderna Museet, Stoccolma, May 1 – September 7, 2008, pp. 56-67.

28 short historical-critical essays for the book Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. Tomo quarto, Electa, Milano, 2008.

“Vorrei rivivere la vita a volontà”. Il percorso multifrontale di Pietro Consagra, in Pietro Consagra. Necessità del colore. Sculture e dipinti 1964-2000, exhibition catalogue, Galleria dello Scudo, Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona, December 16, 2007 – March 30, 2008, Skira, Milano, pp. 245-274.

Catalogo scientifico delle opere, in Peggy Guggenheim e l’immaginario surreale, exhibition catalogue, ARCA, Chiesa di San Marco, Vercelli, November 10, 2007 – March 2, 2008, Giunti, Firenze, pp. 60-205.

Da luce a luce. E ritorno, in Bruno Querci. Sequenze luce, exhibition catalogue, CAMeC, Centro Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, La Spezia, October 6 – November 11, 2007.

Giorgio Griffa e Pino Pinelli, in Griffa – Pinelli, exhibition booklet, Fondazione Zappettini, Milano, 1 March – 2 April 2007.

Percorsi e contaminazioni della scultura contemporanea. Linee di trasformazione dagli anni Sessanta, in Peggy Guggenheim. Un amore per la scultura, exhibition catalogue, Fondazione Cariverona, Verona, February 22 – April 22, 2007, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venezia, pp. 48-67.

Arte Natura Poesia. Morterone, luogo e immagine del vivente, in Morterone. Natura e arte. Interventi all’aperto, Book published on the occasion of the exhibition, Museo di Arte Contemporanea all’Aperto, Morterone, June 25 – October 25, 2006, Associazione Culturale Amici di Morterone, 2006, pp. 41-45. Partly republished in C. Cerritelli - L. Sansone (edited by), Carlo Invernizzi. Secretizie, ποιησις Edizioni, 2012, p. 155. Listen to Francesca Pola's interview on Radio 3 Suite.

Piero Manzoni e Albisola, in Biennale di Ceramica nell’Arte Contemporanea. Indisciplinata, exhibition catalogue, Albisola Superiore - Albissola Marina - Savona - Vado Ligure, July 8 – September 10, 2006, pp. 161-175.

Biographical Note, in Mario Nigro, exhibition catalogue, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venezia, April 22 – May 21, 2006, pp. 113-118.

12 essays on cycles, in Rudi Wach. Inwendig. Seismogramme der Körperseele. Skulpturen und Zeichnungen, exhibition catalogue, Stift Melk, June 29, 2005 – November 5, 2006.

Unbegrentze Grenzen: Visionen des Werdens, im Sinne des Ganzen. Das Werk Rodoldo Aricòs in den achtziger und neunziger Jahren / Limiti senza confini: visioni del divenire, nel senso del tutto. L’opera di Rodolfo Aricò negli anni Ottanta e Novanta, in Rodolfo Aricò. Annäherungen an das Absolute, exhibition catalogue, Institut Mathildehöhe, Darmstadt, May 15 – July 3, 2005, pp. 137-146.

Icone, spazi e frammenti d’infinito, in Oltre il monocromo, exhibition catalogue, Fondazione Zappettini, Chiavari, December 18, 2004 – January 16, 2005, pp. 11-15.

Progetto ed etica: possibilità ed esistenza nell’opera di Gianni Colombo, in Gianni Colombo. Lo spazio come campo attivo, book published on the occasion of the exhibition, Galleria del Premio Suzzara, Suzzara, May 1 – June 2, 2004, Associazione Culturale Amici di Morterone ONLUS, Morterone, 2004, pp. 67-77.

Auf den Spuren des Menschen, über die Geschichte hinaus. Rodolfo Aricò und Rudi Wach / Sulle tracce dell’Uomo, oltre la Storia. Rodolfo Aricò e Rudi Wach, in Im Element. Die Kraft des Kosmischen und des Iridischen im Werk von Rodolfo Aricò und Rudi Wach, exhibition catalogue, Kaiserliche Hofburg, Innsbruck, July 4 – September 14, 2003, pp. 71-79 e 139-145.

Antologia di scritti degli artisti, in New York Renaissance. Masterworks from the Whitney Museum of American Art, exhibition catalogue, Palazzo Reale, Milano, March 18 – September 11, 2002, Electa, Milano, pp. 198-205.

Conversazione con Rudi Wach, in Rudi Wach. Il germe delle cose, monograph published on the occasion of the exhibition, Rudi Wach. La danza della morte dell’uomotoro, A arte Studio Invernizzi, Milano, January 18 – March 8, 2002, pp. 145-153.

Fausto Melotti, Figura femminile, in Museo d’arti applicate. Le Ceramiche, tomo III, Electa, Milano, 2002.

Critical Anthology and Apparatus criticus, in Twombly. Sculture, book published on the occasion of the exhibition, Cagliari, ExMa, November 6 – December 8, 2002, Ilisso Edizioni, Nuoro, pp. 58-110.

Dialettica della creazione. Disegno e scultura nell’opera di Rudi Wach, in Dal profondo. Le creature di Rudi Wach, monograph published on the occasion of the exhibition, Palazzo Isimbardi, Milano, September 20 – October 13, 2002; Forum Austriaco di Cultura, Milano, September 23 – October 25, 2002, Forum Austriaco di Cultura, 2002, pp. 63-69.

Parola Immagine Luce. Il pensiero poetante di Carlo Invernizzi, in Carlo Invernizzi. Natura Naturans, book published on the occasion of the exhibition, Palazzo Trivulzio, Melzo, December 14, 2002 – January 20, 2003, Libri Scheiwiller, Milano, 2002, pp. 123-127.

Die schwarze Spiegel / Lo specchio nero, in Gianni Asdrubali. Dynamische Texturen im Raum, exhibition catalogue, Institut Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, Darmstadt, July 2 – September 2, 2001, pp. 185-186.

Dadamaino; Herbert Hamak, in Materia - niente, exhibition catalogue, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venezia, April– May 2001, pp. 51; 85.

Schriften des Künstlers / Scritti dell'artista and Ausgewälte Texte zum Werk / Antologia critica, in Mario Nigro. Konzentration und Reduktion in der Malerei, exhibition catalogue, Institut Mathildehöhe Darmstadt, Darmstadt, November 26, 2000 – January 28, 2001, pp. 65-159.

Bibliographie, in Dadamaino. Retrospektive 1958-2000, exhibition catalogue, Museum Bochum, January 16 – March 5, 2000, pp. 201-215.

Archive Research, in Mauro Staccioli. Idea dell’oggetto dell’idea, Book published on the occasion of the exhibition, A arte Studio Invernizzi, Milano, May 25 – July 8, 2000.


Articles on periodicals

Un contesto internazionale. Arte povera 1968-70, “Titolo”, Perugia, XXI, no. 62, Winter 2010-2011, pp. 14-17.

La pittura come presenza. Günter Umberg e Elisabeth Vary, “Titolo”, Perugia, XX, no. 59, Spring - Summer 2009, pp. 12-13.

Piero Manzoni a Herning, “Bianca FMR”, Milano, no. 6, February - March 2009, pp. 78-91.

Kimsooja. La cosmica totalità del trascorrere, “Titolo”, Perugia, XIX, no. 57/58, Winter 2008-2009, pp. 36-38.

“Al di qua delle cose”. La ludica chiarezza di Emilio Isgrò, “Titolo”, Perugia, XIX, no. 56, Spring - Summer 2008, pp. 4-7.

Progetto e processo. L’opera di Rodolfo Aricò alla metà degli anni Sessanta, “Titolo”, Perugia, XVIII, no. 55, Winter 2007-2008, pp. 25-27.

Prospettiva come forma aniconica. Disegno e ipotesi spaziali nell’arte italiana tra anni Sessanta e Settanta, “Titolo”, Perugia, XVIII, no. 54, Autumn 2007, pp. 8-10.

Nelio Sonego, “Juliet”, Trieste, no. 133, June 2007, pp. 52-53.

Ulrich Rückriem, “Juliet”, Trieste, no. 132, April - May 2007, p. 75.

Eugenio Battisti maestro di concretezza e di utopia, “Titolo”, Perugia, XVIII, no. 53, Spring - Summer 2007, pp. 31-33.

Arte Povera: prima, durante e dopo il Sessantotto, “Titolo”, Perugia, XVII, no. 52, Winter 2006-2007.

Igino Legnaghi, “Juliet”, Trieste, no. 130, December 2006 – January 2007, pp. 44-45.

L’umanesimo digitale di Bill Viola, “Titolo”, Perugia, XVII, no. 51, Autumn 2006, pp. 23-25.

La scultura sonora di Fausto Melotti, “Titolo”, Perugia, XVII, no. 50, Spring – Summer 2006, pp. 26-29.

Carlo Ciussi, “Juliet”, Trieste, no. 125, December 2005 – January 2006, pp. 56-57.

Arte ambiente negli anni Sessanta, “Titolo”, Perugia, XVI, no. 49, Winter 2005-2006, pp. 12-15.

Luci del cosmo, tra terra e cielo. L’osservatorio assoluto di James Turrell, “Titolo”, Perugia, XVI, no. 48, Autumn 2005, pp. 20-21.

Michel Verjux e la semantica sensibile della luce, “Juliet”, Trieste, no. 123, June 2005, pp. 48-49.

Tra oggetto e concetto: la pittura astratta statunitense tra gli anni Cinquanta e gli anni Sessanta, “Titolo”, Perugia, XVI, no. 47, Spring - Summer 2005, pp. 8-11.

Urs Lüthi e gli ossimori del corpo, “Titolo”, Perugia, XV, no. 46, Winter 2004-2005, pp. 19-21.

Hans Haacke. Contesto e identità, “Titolo”, Perugia, XV, no. 45, Autumn 2004, pp. 20-22.

Paolo Gallerani e il luogo del lavoro: l’utopia e l’azione, tra passato e futuro, “Titolo”, Perugia, XV, no. 44, Spring – Summer 2004, pp. 15-18.

Alberto Garutti. Costruire le forme di un dialogo (sul) possibile, “Titolo”, Perugia, XIV, no. 43, Winter 2003-2004, pp. 30-31.

Fotografia nel museo?, “Titolo”, Perugia, XIV, no. 42, Autumn 2003, pp. 8-10.

Pino Pinelli, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVIII, no. 191, July – August 2003, p. 50.

Christiane Löhr, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVIII, no. 190, May – June 2003, p. 60.

Claudia Losi, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVIII, no. 190, May – June 2003, p. 61.

James Welling, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVIII, no. 190, May – June 2003, p. 62.v

Mauro Ghiglione, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVIII, no. 190, May – June 2003, pp. 62-63.

Il MART di Rovereto. Realtà e prospettive di un museo italiano, “Titolo”, Perugia, XIV, no. 41, Spring – Summer 2003, pp. 23-25.

Perturbamento, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVIII, no. 189, March – April 2003, p. 55.

Andrea Chiesi, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVIII, no. 189, March – April 2003, p. 55.

Luisa Lambri, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVIII, no. 189, March – April 2003, p. 55.

Thomas Struth, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVIII, no. 189, March – April 2003, p. 56.

Meschac Gaba, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVIII, no. 188, January – February 2003, p. 69.

Paolo Scheggi: spazio, tempo, progetto , “Titolo”, Perugia, XIII, no. 40, Winter 2002-2003, pp. 34-36.

Carlo Invernizzi. Natura Naturans, “Titolo”, Perugia, XIII, no. 40, Winter 2002-2003, pp. 32-33.

Dal colore al segno, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVII, no. 187, November - December 2002, p. 59.

Giorgio Cattani, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVII, no. 187, November - December 2002, p. 58.

Takis Zerdèvas, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVII, no. 187, November - December 2002, p. 57.

Hannah Starkey, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVII, no. 187, November - December 2002, pp. 56-57.

Robert Gschwantner, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVII, no. 187, November - December 2002, p. 56.

Strategie di gruppo negli anni sessanta: dialogo e sperimentazione, “Titolo”, Perugia, XIII, no. 39, Autumn 2002, pp. 8-10.

Lesley Foxcroft, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVII, no. 186, September - October 2002, pp. 56-57.

Rodolfo Aricò, “Flash Art”, Milano, XXXV, no. 235, August - September 2002, p. 53.

Helmut Dirnaichner, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVII, no. 184, May - June 2002, p. 65.

Pietro Consagra, “Titolo”, Perugia, XIII, no. 38, Spring - Summer 2002, p. 49.

Gianni Colombo, “Titolo”, Perugia, XIII, no. 38, Spring - Summer 2002, pp. 48-49.

Marian Heyerdahl. Cultura, identità, verità e tolleranza, “Titolo”, Perugia, XIII, no. 38, Spring - Summer 2002, pp. 30-31.

Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera, “The Contemporary”, Los Angeles, March – April – May 2002, pp. 4-5.

Philip-Lorca di Corcia, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVII, no. 183, March - April 2002, p. 47.

Vittorio Corsini, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVII, no. 183, March - April 2002, p. 45.

Super Natural Playground, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVII, no. 183, March - April 2002, p. 44.

David Rickard, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVII, no. 183, March - April 2002, p. 39.

Avviso ai naviganti, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVII, no. 182, January – February 2002, p. 51.

Paolo Iacchetti, “Titolo”, Perugia, XII, no. 37, Winter 2001-2002, pp. 49-50

Andrea Chiesi. Morfologia dell'assenza, “Titolo”, Perugia, XII, no. 37, Winter 2001-2002, pp. 4-7.

Michel Verjux. Terapista della visione, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVI, no. 181, November – December 2001, pp. 32-33.

Nan Goldin. L'intimità come luogo assoluto, “Titolo”, Perugia, XI, no. 36, Autumn 2001, pp. 14-16.

Rudi Wach, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVI, no. 180, September – October 2001, p. 51.

Günter Umberg, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVI, no. 180, September – October 2001, p. 53.

Nelio Sonego. La danza del segno sul margine dell'abisso, “Segno”, Pescara, XXVI, no. 179, June – July 2001, p. 64.

Anne e Patrick Poirier. Archeologia della contemporaneità, “Titolo”, Perugia, XI, no. 35, Summer 2001, pp. 11-13.

Giuseppe Maraniello, “Segno”, Pescara, XXV, no. 176, December 2000 – January 2001, p. 50.

Peter Halley, “Segno”, Pescara, XXV, no. 176, December 2000 – January 2001, pp. 44-45.

Asdrubali Castellani, “Segno”, Pescara, XXV, no. 176, December 2000 – January 2001, p. 42.

Afro, “Titolo”, Perugia, XI, no. 34, Winter 2000-2001, p. 50.

Pietro Miraglia. Orografia dell'interiorità, “Titolo”, Perugia, XI, no. 34, Winter 2000-2001, pp. 36-37.

Novecento, secolo della spiritualità e dell'utopia, “Titolo”, Perugia, XI, no. 33, Autumn 2000, pp. 8-11.

Il corpofigura dell'immagine, “Segno”, Pescara, XXV, no. 175, September – October 2000, pp. 51-52.

Rudi Wach, “Segno”, Pescara, XXV, no. 174, June – July 2000, pp. 62-63.

Pino Pinelli, “Segno”, Pescara, XXV, no. 173, March – April 2000, p. 49.

Dadamaino, “Segno”, Pescara, XXV, no. 173, March – April 2000, p. 46.

Bernard Frize, “Segno”, Pescara, XXV, no. 171, December 1999 – January 2000, pp. 60-61.

Tromboloide e disquarciata, “Segno”, Pescara, XXV, no. 171, December 1999 – January 2000, p. 51.


Articles for Artforum - Critics’ Picks

Brian Eno, 17 August 2016

Dadamaino, March 2016 (in print)

Altra misura, 16 February 2016

Cobra, 4 Februrary 2016

Gianni Piacentino, 21 December 2015

Enrico Castellani, 9 November 2015

Jan Fabre, 5 November 2015

Lucio Fontana, 16 August 2015

Vincenzo Agnetti, 14 August 2015

Jacob Hashimoto, 21 July 2015

Jannis Kounellis, 22 June 2015

Giovanni Anselmo, Wolfgang Laib, Ettore Spalletti, 8 June 2015


Video documentaries

Swinging Roma, documentary film, directed by Andrea Bettinetti, video full HD, 2015. Produced by Good Day Films and Sky Arte HD. Art historical Advisor: Francesca Pola (DVD Cinehollywood)See trailer

Piero Manzoni, artista, documentary film, directed by Andrea Bettinetti, video full HD, 2013, 52 min. Produced by Good Day Films and Sky Arte HD in collaboration with Fondazione Piero Manzoni. Partners in the Project: Gagosian Gallery, Intesa Sanpaolo, Johan&Levi Production, Open Care Servizi per l’Arte. Scientific Board: Rosalia Pasqualino di Marineo, Francesca Pola. See trailer

Agostino Bonalumi. All the Shapes of Space 1958-1976, Robilant + Voena, London, video full HD, 2013, 16 min. (Zenit Arti Audiovisive). See full video

Emilio Isgrò, Italian Time, Gallerie d'Italia Piazza Scala, Milano, video full HD, 2012, 16 min. (Zenit Arti Audiovisive). See trailer

Rome: we were the avant-garde, MACRO Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma, video full HD, 2010, 20 min. (Zenit Arti Audiovisive). See trailer

Piero Manzoni e il Filmgiornale SEDI, Archivio Opera Piero Manzoni, Milano, video, 2007, 40 min.


Catalogues raisonné

Coordination of historical and artistic cataloguing, in L. M. Barbero (edited by), Lucio Fontana. Catalogo ragionato delle opere su carta, Skira, Milano 2013.

Scientific supevision, in L. M. Barbero (edited by), Scanavino. Dipinti su carta, Electa, Milano 2012.

Scientific supevision of Archivio Arturo Bonfanti, in L. M. Barbero (edited by), Arturo Bonfanti. Catalogo ragionato, Electa, Milano 2011.

Research and scientific advice, in G. Celant (edited by), Mario Nigro. Catalogo ragionato, Skira, Milano-Ginevra 2009.

Books and exhibition catalogues
written and edited by Francesca Pola

Essays and studies by Francesca Pola
in other books and exhibition catalogues

Articles on periodicals

Articles for Artforum - Critics’ Picks

Video documentaries

Catalogues raisonné