Turcato and Schifano. About Painting
Curated by Marco Meneguzzo
March 1st - April 15th, 2018
Giovanni Bonelli gallery is glad to present for the first time in its space a selection of works by Giulio Turcato (Mantua, 1912-Rome 1995) and Mario Schifano (Libia 1934-Rome 1998).
Even if his career moved from figurative painting, Turcato become one of the most important abstract painters in Italy from the second part of the ‘60s, while Schifano (one generation younger) is today considered one of the most influent pop-artist in Italy in the second part of the XX century.
“Despite evident differences, both artists were -in the words of Marco Meneguzzo- united by a similar destiny: they were obliged, by a secret and powerful unconscious trust, to produce more and more works, endlessly. (…) even this attitude was disadvantageous for contemporary art market rules (…) they couldn’t stop it and went on with it all long their life”. About 30 pieces, from early ‘60s to ‘80s, from different private collections, will be exposed until April 15th.
The incredible variety of materials and elements that Turcato utilized in his abstract paintings are represented thanks to some of his most famous works realized with oil and mixed media on foam rubber (late ‘60s early ‘70s) and some sample of gestural abstraction like “Alleluia” series (early ‘70s). Schifano’s eccentricity will be displayed with a rare “Selfportrait” of 1979 (cm 206x194) and series of mixed media on canvas or paper dated from 1962 to 1984.
Giulio Turcato (Mantua, 1912- 1995, Rome)
One of the most important abstract Italian painter in the second part of XX century, Turcato got his solo show in Milan, Rome and Venice starting 1947 (inside the Forma group with Dorazio, Perilli, Guerrini). He will be present in the Venice Biennale every edition from 1948 to 1958 and again in 1966, 1972, 1982, 1988 and 1993. His work was exposed in Italian and International important contests: Dokumenta, Kassel (1959); Pac, Milan (1988); Guggenheim, New York (1994).
Mario Schifano (Homs, Libia 1934-1998, Rome)
His career started in the late ‘50s in Rome, with the Artists’ Group known as “Piazza del Popolo Artists” (with Mimmo Rotella, Giuseppe Uncini, Giuseppe Lo Savio, Tano Festa, Franco Angeli and Giosetta Fioroni). Selected solo shows: Sonnabend Galerie, Paris (1963); Studio Marconi, Milan (1966, ’67, ’68, ’70 and ’90); Stein Gallery, Turin (1967); Annina Nosei Gallery, New York (1993); He took part to important international exhibitions, e.g.: Venice Biennale (1964; 1978 and 1984); Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome (1969, 1989); Guggenheim Museum, New York (1994).