‘Eggo’ is the art piece created by Matteo Cainer for the 7th Edition of the ‘L’arte nell’uovo di Pasqua’ - the Art in the Easter Egg. This is an international charitable art event in Rome, promoted by Sergio Valente and Francesco Stella. The exhibition brings together artists, sculptors, designers and architects of national and international importance who have been chosen to produce work on the theme of the Easter egg.

Our participation was not only in order to benefit the charitable foundation dedicated to Cystic Fibrosis, but it was also in direct relation with the anthropological and humanistic interests within the office and its director. ‘Eggo’ reflects on the current egocentric human condition and competitive selfishness that has brought a deep sense of aggression and sometimes destructive capabilities.


The functional importance of the ego is manifested in the fact that normally control over the approaches to motility devolves upon it. Thus in its relation to the id it is like a man on horseback, who has to hold in check the superior strength of the horse; with this difference, that the rider tries to do so with his own strength while the ego uses borrowed forces. The analogy may be carried a little further. Often a rider, if he is not to be parted from his horse, is obliged to guide it where it wants to go; so in the same way, the ego is in the habit of transforming the id's will into action as if it were its own. Freud

Matteo Cainer
Material: Gesso, wood, cardboard, paint
Exhibition Location: Spazio Colonna, Palazzo Esposizioni, Rome, Italy
Supported Charity: Fondazione per la Ricerca sulla Fibrosi Cistica (FFC)