In 1981, collector Roberto Casamonti established Tornabuoni Art in Florence with an aim to preserve and showcase postwar Italian art. The gallery now has exhibition spaces across Europe, in Crans-Montana in 1993, Milan in 1995, Forte Dei Marmi in 2004, Paris in 2009 and London in 2015.Read More
Tornabuoni Art Artists
Among Tornabuoni’s major postwar Italian artists are Lucio Fontana, the founder of Spatialism, Alberto Burri, a central figure of the Informal Art movement and co-founder of the Origin group in 1951; Alighiero Boetti, the conceptual artist famous for his embroideries made in Afghanistan, and Enrico Castellani, renowned for his iconic Superficie works created by manipulating the surface of monochrome paintings with nails from behind the canvas.
Tornabuoni Art aims to show a representative overview of the Post-War Italian artistic scene thanks to a museum-quality selection of artworks of artists such as De Chirico, Morandi, Balla and Severini, but also has as well a permanent collection of significant works by major International 20th-century artists such as Picasso, Mirò, Kandinsky, Hartung, Poliakoff, Dubuffet, Lam, Matta, Christo, Wesselmann, Warhol and Basquiat. Complementing its focus on Italian art, the Tornabuoni Art collection also features the work of contemporary artists such as the Italian artist Francesca Pasquali, the Italy-based Armenian artist Mikayel Ohanjanyan, who, along with the Armenian pavilion, won the Golden Lion at the 2015 Venice Biennale and artists like Christo and Tony Cragg just to name a few.
Tornabuoni Art Exhibitions & Art Fairs
Tornabuoni’s dedication to postwar Italian art and culture can be attested to by its collaboration with museums, artists’ estates and institutions, most recently with the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice on the exhibition Alighiero Boetti: Minimum/Maximum during the Venice Biennale 2017 and ‘Burri: la pittura, irriducibile presenza’ in 2019. With its experience and knowledge of the work of the artists it represents, the gallery has also established itself as an advisor for both private and public collections.
Tornabuoni Art aims to show a representative overview of the Post-War Italian artistic scene thanks to a museum-quality selection of artworks also linked to contemporary creations with artists that drew their inspiration from these important Italian movements.
The gallery’s series of group exhibitions, among them Utopia (2019).; BOOM: Art and Industry in 1960s Italy (2018); Recto/Verso: Behind the Italian monochrome (2017), La Dolce Vita: Avant-Garde Artists in Post-War Rome (2017); Bianco Italia (2013) and Tout feu tout flamme (2012)
Tornabuoni is a regular presence at international art fairs such as Art Basel; Art Basel Hong Kong; Art Basel Miami Beach; Arte Fiera Bologna; Art genève; artmonte-carlo; FIAC Paris; TEFAF Maastricht; TEFAF New York; and Frieze Masters in London among others.
In exhibition Utopia, Charles Zana turns Tornabuoni Art in Paris into a salon of intimate conversations between Italy's greatest post-war artists and architects
In 1914, the Italian intellectual Ardengo Soffici characterised Giorgio de Chirico’s painting style as the ‘writing down of dreams’. Isolating each motif, Soffici describes a syntax of ‘infinite rows of arches and facades, of extended straight lines, of gigantic masses of simple colours’ which de Chirico used to express a ‘sensation of vastness...
‘I am a creator of rules,’ Alighiero Boetti once said of his working method. ‘And once I’ve created these rules, these games, these mechanisms, I can play or make other people play.’ The current exhibition of his work, in the beautiful white spaces of the Cini Foundation in Venice, has a conceptual clarity that is entirely in keeping with the...
Alighiero Boetti (1940–1994), the post-war Italian conceptual artist whose star has been in the ascendant in recent years, will be the subject of major exhibitions in Venice and Paris.
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