Guggenheim
Francesco Clemente

Francesco Clemente (b. 1952, Naples, Italy) created Mother’s Room (1995–1997) as a commission for the inauguration of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. Evoking the spatially transformative frescos of Medieval and Renaissance stanze, the artist used a 1920s stage set as the canvas for this piece. The seventeen panels that compose the entire work combine narrative and abstraction and fuse together to create a visual experience animated by Clemente’s characteristic colors and symbols. Moreover, the human body is chosen as the main tool to interpret the meaning of each of the eight panels.