Arnaldo Pomodoro, ‘MEDAGLIA 25 ANNI TECNO  (Two Sided Bronze Plaque/Medallian) ’, 1979, Alpha 137 Gallery
Arnaldo Pomodoro, ‘MEDAGLIA 25 ANNI TECNO  (Two Sided Bronze Plaque/Medallian) ’, 1979, Alpha 137 Gallery
Arnaldo Pomodoro, ‘MEDAGLIA 25 ANNI TECNO  (Two Sided Bronze Plaque/Medallian) ’, 1979, Alpha 137 Gallery
Arnaldo Pomodoro, ‘MEDAGLIA 25 ANNI TECNO  (Two Sided Bronze Plaque/Medallian) ’, 1979, Alpha 137 Gallery

This beautiful two sided limited edition bronze sculptural plaque was created by internationally renowned sculptural master Arnaldo Pomodoro (winner of the ISC's Lifetime Achievement Award) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the design company Tecno in Milan. The front is inscribed "1979 25 anno Tecno", bearing a sculpted T for the company's logo along with the artist's signature. The Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation has confirmed the details of this work, informing us that it is catalogued in the artist's archives with the number M/79/2. Natural aging coloration of the bronze, but otherwise in very good vintage condition. What makes this plaque so desirable and elegant is that Pomodoro sculpted the back as exquisitely as the front. It is thus more of a sculptural plaque instead of a wall plaque.

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Signature: This work features the artist's incised signature on the recto (front), the name of the foundry (s. Johnson) - the oldest Italian metal foundry, and the an inscribed numerical annotation on the side -each piece bearing a unique number- this particular sculpture featuring the incised numbers: 196/B.

Manufacturer: Arnaldo Pomodoro and Stabilimento Stefano Johnson, Milano, Italy

About Arnaldo Pomodoro

Arnaldo Pomodoro thinks of his massive, architectural sculptures as “crystals, or nuclei, or as eyes, or signal fires,” he says. ”I see them as relating to borders and voyages, to the worlds of complexity and imagination.” Drawing on his training in architecture, Pomodoro’s concerns center on the relationship between each individual sculpture and the space in which it is installed. Early on, admiration for Paul Klee prompted the artist to translate Klee’s linear drawings into dimensional elements in his early relief sculpture. Ultimately, however, Pomodoro became known for large, free-standing geometric forms, especially columns, cubes, pyramids, spheres, and discs. Works such as Rotator with a Central Perforation (1969)—a bronze sphere—exemplify his smooth, streamlined style and devotion to idealized shapes, often reminiscent of Constantin Brancusi. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Pomodoro insists on partaking in the physical fabrication of his work.

Italian, b. 1926, Morciano di Romagna, Italy, based in Milan, Italy