Joseph Pace

Joseph Pace was born in 1959 in Morbegno and grew up in Zaire, Africa. After his studies in Kinshasa and Rome, he moved to Paris in order to pursue his studies at the Sorbonne University. In 1987, he founded the artistic and philosophical filtranisme movement. He has been Assistant Professor of Sociology of Knowledge and Art, and History of Sociology at the Sapienza University of Rome (1996-2008).

Pace’s work has been shown in institutions and museums throughout the world. His work was the subject of a major exhibition organized by the Boncompagni Ludovisi Decorative Arts Museum of the National Gallery of Modern Art of Rome, Joseph Pace, L’Eva Futura (November 26, 2014 – February 13, 2015) [Video]

In 2018, the Basilica of Santa Maria ad Martyres, better known as the Pantheon in Rome of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, organized an exhibition dedicated to his work, Joseph Pace, Sacra Sacrorum, The Sacred of the Sacred Things (November 23, 2018 – January 13, 2019) [Video], which travelled to the National Historical Library of Agriculture (March 1 – 29, 2019) [Video]. Pantheon exhibition  [Video] received over a million visitors (Source: Polo Museale del Lazio, Ministry of Cultural Heritage). 

Joseph Pace is well known for his paintings, and for his iconic sculptures installed for the first time in 2014 at the Afro Brasil Museum [Video], Boncompagni Ludovisi Decorative Arts Museum of the National Gallery of Modern Art of Rome (Read More), Galleria Benucci [Video], and in 2015 at the Venanzo Crocetti Museum [Video], and Florence Biennale [Video].

Pace’s sculptural work is deeply rooted in the Italian tradition. However, Pace introduced a postmodern turn with ostentatiously luxurious figures made with thousands of bijoux mostly vintage, emphasizing the attention on the classic sculpture and fashion jewelry no longer in fashion. His works aim to address the questions of human kind, its beauty and fragility, as well as deeper aspects of human nature, as a result of the passing of time.

The coherence and the originality of Joseph Pace have been well described in 2014 by the National Gallery of Modern Art of Rome: “Joseph Pace is one of the greatest exponents of the filtranisme movement (Video). As was for the existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, the filtranisme also is artistically expressed through the work by Joseph Pace. Inspired by sources as diverse as fashion, sport, history, electronic music and decorative arts, the Italian artist uses techniques different (such as painting, assemblage, sculpture, electronic engravings, photography) influenced by the  iconography of mass society, philosophy and psychoanalysis. His work gives an artistic and intellectual pathway with which the artist reinterprets many of our psychic realities. His sculptures was created with thousands of pieces of jewelery, mostly vintage, which Pace search all over the world, thus creating a sort of “industrial archeology” research applied to the decoration of the body of our time […]. Pace’s work is included in many museum and institutions permanent collections […].” (Read More).  

Others works, previously showed at the Museu de Arte do Parlamento de São Paulo [Video] (Read More), Forte Sangallo, Nettuno [Video], Diocesan Museum of Amalfi [Video], were more recently on view in at the Câmara Municipal of Itapevi, Brazil, Joseph Pace, Entre o Informal e a ‘PoP Art’ (March 1 – 26, 2020), Castle of Bari (25 May – 23 November 2019), Castle of Copertino [Video] (26 November, 2019 – 23 February, 2020), Italy, Polo Museale della Puglia of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Libri d’artista. L’arte da leggere. 

For the Italian National Day and Republic Day celebrations, Pace’s work was on display at the Italian Embassy in Brasilia (Read More), Arte Italo-Braileira (June 2, August 5, 2013), Octavio Café, promoted by Italian Embassy, Momento Italia-Brasile, Joseph Pace, Emoçoes (June 13, June 27, 2015) (Read More), and Circolo Italiano in São Paulo, Dinamismo Cosmico de Joseph Pace (June 25, July 30, 2016) (Read More). 

Pace collaborated with the Italian luxury fashion designer Micol Fontana to the creation of the CD Rom La nascita del made in Italy: abiti e documenti della Fondazione Micol Fontana. He is the author of unpublished dramas and short stories about the war (“Raimond n’est pas retourn”, “I racconti dal pozzo”, “Twice!”) (Read More). In 2020 he appears in Tunisia in the film of Gianni Amelio ‘Hammamet’. 

Joseph Pace has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his cultural achievements, notably by the Sapienza University of Rome, University of Konstanz, Italian Sociologists Association, Assembleia Legislativa do Estado de São Paulo, Italian Embassy in Brasilia, Instituto de Recuperação do Patrimônio Histórico de São Paulo.