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(1935 – 2013), Italy

Agostino Bonalumi Biography

Agostino Bonalumi, was born in in Vimercate, Milan. A painter, sculptor, and draughtsman whose exemplary skill in technical and mechanical drawing enabled him to exhibit his first works at the Premio Nazionale Cittá di Vimercate at the age of thirteen. His first solo show took place just eight years later at the Galleria Totti, Milan.

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During a career spanning five decades, Bonalumi became known as a leading figure in post war Italian art. His practice involved placing different shaped objects beneath taut canvases to give his paintings three-dimensionality. The appearance of concealing mysterious items behind the pictures’ surfaces, added an illusory element that entered into the viewers’ space. Bonalumi’s technique has been dubbed ‘extroflection’, and it elaborates on the sliced canvas works of Lucio Fontana.

Bonalumi presented work at both the 33rd Venice Biennale in 1966 and the 35th Venice Biennale in 1970. Recent solo exhibitions of the artist’s work have included Sculpture at Mazzoleni Art, London (2015); Sete at Galleria Blu, Milan (2014); All the Shapes of Space, 1958-2976 at Robilant + Veona, London (2013); and The Glass of Shadow: Works from the Sixties to Present at Partners and Mucciaccia Gallery, Singapore (2012).

Exhibition view: Agostino Bonalumi, Small Gems, Cardi Gallery, Milan (25 May–6 August 2021). Courtesy Cardi Gallery. 

Agostino Bonalumi Featured Artworks

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Bronzo by Agostino Bonalumi contemporary artwork
Agostino BonalumiBronzo, 1969–2007Bronze
53 x 38.5 x 22 cm
Cardi Gallery Contact Gallery
Bianco e nero by Agostino Bonalumi contemporary artwork
Agostino BonalumiBianco e nero, 1968Shaped ciré
33 x 48 cm
Cardi Gallery Contact Gallery
Rosso by Agostino Bonalumi contemporary artwork
Agostino BonalumiRosso, 1988Acrylic on canvas
50 x 50 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery
White by Agostino Bonalumi contemporary artwork
Agostino BonalumiWhite, 1979Vinyl tempera on shaped canvas
136.4 x 181.4 x 6.5 cm
Robilant+Voena Contact Gallery
Rosso by Agostino Bonalumi contemporary artwork
Agostino BonalumiRosso, 2008Shaped canvas and acrylic
100 x 95 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery
Rosso by Agostino Bonalumi contemporary artwork
Agostino BonalumiRosso, 1961Shaped canvas and vinyl tempera
60 x 90 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery
Superficie Bianca by Agostino Bonalumi contemporary artwork
Agostino BonalumiSuperficie Bianca, 1967Acrylic on structured canvas
140 x 160 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery
BIanco by Agostino Bonalumi contemporary artwork
Agostino BonalumiBIanco, 1978Inverted vinyl canvas
50 x 50 cm
Almine Rech Contact Gallery

Agostino Bonalumi Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Agostino Bonalumi, Small Gems at Cardi Gallery, Milan
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25 May–6 August 2021 Agostino Bonalumi Small Gems Cardi GalleryMilan
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Post-War Italian Art Tales at Mazzoleni, London
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12 April–6 June 2021 Group Exhibition Post-War Italian Art Tales MazzoleniLondon
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Rome – Milan: Space and Colour, Rhythm and Matter at Mazzoleni, London
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1 October–14 December 2020 Group Exhibition Rome – Milan: Space and Colour, Rhythm and Matter MazzoleniLondon

Agostino Bonalumi Represented By

Cardi Gallery contemporary art gallery in Milan, Italy Cardi Gallery London, Milan
Mazzoleni contemporary art gallery in Turin, Italy Mazzoleni London, Turin
Robilant+Voena contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Robilant+Voena London, Paris, New York, Milan
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