Tornabuoni Art opens its new Paris gallery at 16 Avenue Matignon on 22 October 2020 with ITALIA Minimal.
The exhibition presents carefully selected masterpieces created by Italian pioneers of visual experimentation between the late 1950s and ’70s: Vincenzo Agnetti, Alighiero Boetti, Agostino Bonalumi, Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani, Mario Ceroli, Gianni Colombo, Dadamaino, Lucio Fontana, Emilio Isgrò, Jannis Kounellis, Sergio Lombardo, Piero Manzoni, Paolo Scheggi and Giuseppe Uncini.
While there was no defined minimalist movement in Italy, many artists of this time were interested in minimalist ideas – in particular the search for pure form – so current at the time of the space race – which they approached in different ways. Italian artists interpreted Minimalism’s rejection of any decorative and narrative elements principally through a search for new materials and a focus on art’s fundamentals: colour, surface, material, space and time. They combined such interests with the sense of geometry and perspectival organization rooted in centuries of Italian art. Their pursuit of the absolute translated into an attempt to condense form into its lowest common denominator in their work, that is, to find the pure form, beyond any possible condition and contamination.
exhibition catalogue edited by Tornabuoni Art Paris. Text by Ilaria Bignotti. B/w and colored illustrations, 63 pages, 9,6×6,8 in, French/English, 2020.