Ketty La Rocca (1938–1976) ranked among the most important proponents of Conceptual and Body Art in Italy in the 1960s and 70s. Based on a visual poetry, she radically dealt with the sociopolitical limits of the meaning of language and images in her collages, performances and photographs. A central aspect is the examination of the bodily gesture as an “original means of communication”. In her works La Rocca attempts to develop a language that is not precoded by society. Despite or perhaps because of her early death in 1976, she created an oeuvre in just ten years, whose relevance for Contemporary Art is uncontested among the expert audience.
Ketty La Rocca‘s works are included in renowned collections such as the Museum of Modern Art New York, Centre Pompidou Paris, GAM Turin; Galleria d’Arte Nazionale Rom, Center of Art and Media Karlsruhe, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles or the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence. Already during her lifetime and until this day, her works have been on view in institutions such as the Biennale di Venezia (1972), the Camden Arts Centre London (1972), the Fotomuseum Winterthur (1987), the Galerie im Taxispalais Innsbruck (2003), the MoMA/PS1 New York (2007), the Albertina in Vienna (2012), Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2015), Kunsthalle Hamburg (2015), Kunsthalle Schirn Frankfurt (2016), Kunstmuseum Krefeld (2016), La Virreina Barcelona (2017) or recently at Gallerie d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Ferrara and MUSEION- Museo d‘arte moderna e contemporanea, Bolzano. Her works are on view at the permanent collection Museum of Modern Art New York, Lenbachhaus Munich, Kunsthalle Basel and Kunsthalle Fribourg. Upcoming group exhibitions will take place at KAI 10 | ARTHENA FOUNDATION, Düsseldorf, Kunsthalle Kiel both in 2021 and at Kunsthaus Graz in 2022.