Gino De Dominicis, D’io
54 min, color, sound

A Work is a format of AGORA developed in collaboration with Giuseppe Garrera, in which the musicologist, art historian and collector analyses philologically an art work of his choice for each meeting.


8 June 1972, Venice Biennale. Gino De Dominicis’ room is closed. The artist risks lynching. Even the Carabinieri intervene. “Hall of shame,” “exhibition of horrors,” “bestial art,” the newspapers headline: a “mongoloid” put on display, the sign of the swastika on a wall, a deafening laugh of mockery to welcome visitors. Never has art fallen so low. The Magistracy must take its course. But what had Gino De Dominicis exhibited? What happened? What was there to laugh about?