Arnaldo Pomodoro is one of the great survivors from the period of classic Modernism. He is one of the pioneers who helped to work out what a truly contemporary artist could do, in the context of the society that surrounded him.
His sculptures have never been afraid of being seen. What I mean by this apparently paradoxical statement is that Pomodoro has never needed the shelter of the museum - defined by me here as "a space set apart for art" - in order to make his point as an artist.
Characteristically, the space his major artworks inhabit is democratic space, occupied by people going about their ordinary lives. In his sense, he is seen in a purely historical context, a very Italian artist, since so many Italian masterworks - of the Renaissance and Baroque periods in particular - were designed to interact with the public in exactly the same way.