Nari Ward “Gilded Darkness”
Photo by Marco De Scalzi.


Centro Balneare Romano
Via Andrea Maria Ampère, 20, 20131 Milano MI


12 Sep 2022 - 16 Oct 2022



Nari Ward “Gilded Darkness”

In the outdoor and indoor spaces of the Centro Balneare Romano, in the Città Studi neighborhood, Ward’s exhibition will bring together new works created specifically for the occasion, alongside some of his most renowned installations and environmental interventions.

“Gilded Darkness” will occupy the spaces of the Centro Balneare Romano with both physical and intangible traces. This municipal summer bathing center—designed by architect Luigi Secchi during the Fascist period, inaugurated in 1929, and dedicated to the memory of the young Olympic champion Guido Romano, who died at the front during World War I—tells of ideals of victory and greatness, war and athleticism, and nationalism and imperialism. Ward responds to these concepts with precarious monuments and objects that embody stories of small, everyday heroism, episodes of collective joy, as well as images of the defeat and downfall of the triumphant myths shaping the twentieth century.