Associazione Paolo Scheggi, presents the focus Vincenzo Agnetti and Paolo Scheggi, Il
Tempio. La nascita dell’Eidos. Un progetto ritrovato (Vincenzo Agnetti and Paolo Scheggi,
THE TEMPLE. Birth of Eidos. A rediscovered project), created from the scientific study and
the restitution to the public of a four-handed work created by the artists Vincenzo Agnetti
(Milan, 1926-1981) and Paolo Scheggi (Settignano-Florence, 1940-Rome, 1971) designed
between 1970 and 1971 in Milan, which remained at a design level due to the untimely Paolo
The project, of visionary contemporaneity, consists of architectural drawings, sketches, and
notes regarding an imaginary Temple, a container of linguistic objects representing the primary
forms of social, subjectivity and power, such as Oggetto preesistente (Pre-existing Object),
Moneta virtuale (Virtual Coin), Portaparole (Words Holder), Pietra miliare (Milestone).
Those thoughts come together in Il Trono (The Throne) by Agnetti and Scheggi in 1970 and
exhibited in Rome at Mana Art Market gallery; thoughts deepened in Il Tempio. La nascita
dell’Eidos (The Temple. Birth of Eidos) testifying the extraordinary vitality of the thought of the
two artists, who since the end of the Sixties have tackled some pressing problems of political
and philosophical nature, still today at the center of public debate, such as virtuality of money,
manipulation of language, transmigration of cultural forms, and media control.
The importance of the project led the Vincenzo Agnetti and Paolo Scheggi Archives, assisted
by Bruno Corà and Ilaria Bignotti, to carry out, in April 2020, a careful analysis and a close
comparison of more than twenty project papers found in their respective collections.
After a year and a half of study, the two Archives present at the Museo del Novecento six
original boards, selected from those that make up Il Tempio. La nascita dell’Eidos (The
Temple. Birth of Eidos), together with the precious limited edition Cartella (Folder) that the
two Archives wanted to create, as the crowning achievement of the project, in collaboration
with the Central Institute for Graphics (Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica) in Rome. The
Cartella is composed of 9 sheets reproducing 11 drawings by the artists, engraved on copper
plates and printed by hand with the Van De Weghe intaglio press at the Central Institute for
Graphics between October 2020 and July 2021.