"La Grande Madre" (The Great Mother) at the Palazzo Reale

Opening this week is “La Grande Madre” (The Great Mother) at the Palazzo Reale. Sponsored by the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, the exhibition will be on view from the 25th of August to the 15th of November 2015. 

The audience will be invited to explore the theme of motherhood, by bringing together works by 80 international artists from the twentieth century, from avant-garde to the present day.

Massimiliano Gioni, the artistic director of the Nicola Trussardi Foundation and a former curator at both the New Museum in New York and the 2013 Venice Biennale. He takes a curatorial risk, deciding to put together an exhibition using a central theme tying the works together instead of a specific movement or time period. 

The exhibition proposes a theme that ties with the central theme of the Milan Expo 2015 “Nutrition”. The exhibition “not only will offer the public the chance to make an extraordinary journey in the history of art, and Italian and international culture, but it will also be a special occasion to delve into the figure of the mother, that most of all embodies the idea of nutrition, central theme of Expo 2015. This was possible thanks to the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi in the framework of a broad dialogue between public and private, in close alliance for the dissemination of art and culture” said the commissioner for culture Filippo Del Corno.

Covering an area of about 2000 square meters, the main floor of the Palazzo will be showing how artists have interpreted the mother figure, a symbol of creativity and a metaphor for the very definition of art. The works will be put into context by including works from the Palaeolithic Venuses and religious interpretations of the mother and child from past centuries. 

The figure of the Great Mother is also a means to reflect on the role of women in our society. A role too often humiliated that does not give up and fights for its rights and hopes.


Nathalie Djurberg - It’s the Mother 2008 (short film)
Courtesy Giò Marconi, Milano

(opening image Cindy Sherman “Untitled #223″ (1990) courtesy the artist)

La Grande Madre

From 25 August to 15 November 2015

Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo 12