Robilant+Voena is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Ettore Spalletti, born in 1940 in Cappelle sul Tavo, Italy, where he still lives and works. Known for his minimalist installations of sculptures and paintings, Spalletti employs subtle aspects of colour and geometry aiming to immerse the viewer in a full sensory experience. Despite the fact that he came of age as an artist in Italy during the Arte Povera movement, Spalletti’s love of colour separated him from their often sombre sensibilities. Instead he found inspiration in the Renaissance frescoes of Masaccio and Piero della Francesca, from whom he borrowed the powdery blues and pinks often employed in his own work.
The works on view in St. Moritz are great examples of Spalletti’s considered use of colour and form with the shaped panels highlighted by gold and silver sections executed in impasto or gold and silver leaf.
Over the past forty years Spalletti’s works have been shown at Documenta in Kassel (1982, 1992), at the Venice Biennale (1982, 1993, 1995, 1997) and in solo exhibitions in Essen (Museum Folkwang, 1982), Ghent (Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst, 1983), Rennes (Halles d’Art Contemporain, 1988), Frankfurt (Portikus, 1989), Munich (Kunstverein, 1989), Amsterdam (De Appel, 1989), Paris (Musée d’Art Moderne de the Ville de Paris, 1991), New York (Guggenheim Museum, 1993), Antwerp (Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, 1995), Strasbourg (Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, 1998), Naples (Museo di Capodimonte, 1999), Madrid (Fundación La Caixa, 2000), Leeds (Henry Moore Foundation, 2005), Rome (Académie de France, Villa Medici, 2006; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, 2010), Kleve (Museum Kurhaus Kleve, 2009), Venice (Palazzo Cini, 2015). In 2014 the most complete retrospective of his work, entitled Un giorno così bianco, così bianco, was shown in a museum circuit consisting of MAXXI in Rome, GAM in Turin, and Museo Madre in Naples. He has created two permanent installations of particular emotional impact: the Salle des dèparts, for the Hôpital Poincaré de Garches, Paris, in 1996, and the Cappella di Villa Serena in Città Sant’Angelo, Pescara, in 2016. Ettore Spalletti’s current retrospective exhibition ‘Ombre d’azur, transparence’ is to be seen at Nouveau Musée National de Monaco – Villa Paloma until November 3, 2019.