First AGOSTINO BONALUMI UK exhibition in over 50 years to take place at ROBILANT+VOENA in October

February 13, 2013

ROBILANT + VOENA are pleased to announce an exhibition of the Italian artist Agostino Bonalumi, scheduled to take place at their London gallery in autumn 2013. This long-overdue project will be the first solo presentation of this significant artist in the UK since 1960. Organized in cooperation with the artist and the Archivio Bonalumi, the exhibition celebrates the work of Bonalumi during the 1960s and 1970s in relationship with the other artists of the Azimut group. 

The exhibition brings together pivotal examples of Bonalumi´s shaped canvas with early experimental works by his friends and collaborators in the Azimut project: Enrico Castellani, Piero Manzoni, Dadamaino, and their guide Lucio Fontana. A selection of Bonalumi’s paintings from the beginning of the 60s to the late 70s, including some unpublished and never before exhibited canvases from Italian private collections, will form the core of the exhibition and will reaffirm the important role played by this internationally lesser known artist in the development of Modern Art in Italy.

The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive publication: the first monograph to be specifically devoted to this crucial period of Bonalumi’s activity, the book will include extensive research and unpublished materials, focusing on connections and role of Bonalumi’s work in the context of the Neo-Avant-Garde during the 1960s and 70s.

Born in 1935 in Vimercate, Milan, Bonalumi lives and works in Milan. His career started in 1956 and his first important exhibition was in 1959 together with Castellani and Manzoni at Galleria del Prisma, Milan. His work is represented in public collections including Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; Museu Colecçao Berardo, Lisbon; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. It has been the subject of numerous international exhibitions, including retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, Fort Lauderdale (1981), Institut Matildenhohe, Darmstadt (2003), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2011).