This dazzling two sided limited edition commemorative bronze medallion with thick gold patina, richly carved on both sides with the artist's classic sculptural shapes and designs. It bears the artist's engraved signature, the mark of the famous Johnson Foundry in Milan, and text commemorating the bank's 75th anniversary. It was created by Arnaldo Pomodoro in an edition of 500 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Sudameris Bank, and the design reproduces the artist's large disk installed on the front court facing the steps of the Banque Sudameris in Sao Paolo, Brazil. This work is registered in the Arnaldo Pomodo Foundation archives : M/ 85 / 6b.
Minor brushing to the metal overall, otherwise in very good vintage condition. Would look beautiful floated against a perspex base.
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Signature: Stamped and Signed: The artist's incised signature is on the recto front, along with the incised text "S. Johnson Italy", - the Johnson Foundry in Milan, where Pomodoro casts many of his works, along with the incised text in block letters "BANQUE SUDAMERIS 75 ANNIVERSAIRE 1985"
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