Sculptures are mere shells

Sculptures are mere shells
Italian artist Oliviero Rainaldi whose exhibition, titled Oliviero Rainaldi, Works 2003-2013 is on at Partners & Mucciaccia Gallery, Gillman Barracks.

SINGAPORE- Italian artist Oliviero Rainaldi is better known for his controversial statue of the late Pope John Paul II that was unveiled in 2011 in Rome.

Critics said the sculpture looked more like Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini than the Pope.

The starkly spare 5.2m-tall bronze sculpture, unveiled on May 18, 2011, sparked such outrage that policemen had to be deployed to prevent vandalism.

The most common criticism was that the statue failed at the basic level of presenting a likeness of the Pope.

But Rainaldi's solo show at Partners & Mucciaccia Gallery in Gillman Barracks shows there is more to his art.

On display are 49 works, spanning the last 10 years of his artistic practice, which show how the artist has survived in the business for the last 40 years despite the intense 2011 controversy.

The exhibition, titled Oliviero Rainaldi, Works 2003-2013, runs till Feb 16. It includes a plaster model of the controversial sculpture, as well as bronze sculptures, sketches and paintings.

All artworks are for sale with prices ranging from ¤8,000 (S$13,450) to ¤130,000.

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