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La Biblioteca del Mondo. Conversation piece I Part IX

The Memmo Foundation presents La Biblioteca del Mondo, ninth from 13 December 2023 to 21 April 2024
edition of Conversation Piece, the annual exhibition cycle, curated by Marcello Smarrelli, born with
the intent to provide an overview of the Italian and foreign artists who choose Rome every year as
place of residence, research and work.

The ninth edition, entitled La Biblioteca del Mondo, involves nine artists who have a common denominator in use
of the book as “building material” of the work of art.

With Equilibrio (2023) Paolo Icaro gives body to space through a primary metallic structure that originates from the tracing of a few simple lines, articulated vertically, while it is placed on the ground, to do as a counterweight ensuring the balance of the sculpture, an edition of War and Peace (1863-1869) by Lev
Tolstoy, on whose open pages the artist places a sheet of dusting paper which has written on the reverse, War and peace in Russian and on the obverse, War and Peace in Ukrainian