Agostino Bonalumi

Agostino Bonalumi was born in Vimercate in 1935 and died in Desio in 2013. After technical design studies and some experiences related to the overcoming of informal painting through the use of “poor” and experimental materials (cement, staves, straw), in 1958 Bonalumi undertook with Piero Manzoni and Enrico Castellani (with whom he founded the magazine “Azimuth” the following year) a path inside the painting that aims to redefine the language, through a process of resetting the representation. He elaborates a personal language related to the extroflessione and to the introflessione of the cloth obtaining therefore the surfaces change in relation to the incidence of the light and the point of view. The critic Gillo Dorfles has punctually defined these “painting-object” for their ability to hold together the languages of painting and sculpture, stimulating a tactile experience. With fidelity to a concept never betrayed in the various moments of his research, in the last works the artist moves around the creation of works in which the loose and liberated sign is still allusive of the construction, and environments with constructive and perceptive peculiarities. In 1970 Agostino Bonalumi was also involved in set designing for the Teatro Romano, Verona scenes and costumes for the ballet “Partita”, and in 1972 for the Teatro dell’Opera, Rome scenes and costumes for “Rot”.

His first exhibitions in Milan were held in 1958 and 1959; in 1960 he exhibited in the Azimut Gallery together with Enrico Castellani and Piero Manzoni. Numerous solo and group exhibitions have been organized in public spaces all over the world, we cite his solos in institutions: Palazzo Reale, Milano (2018), MARCA, Museum of Arts of Catanzaro (2014), Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (2011), Loggiato di San Bartolomeo, Palermo (2008), Institut Matildenhohe, Darmstadt (2003), Galleria Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea, Portogruaro (1999), Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Ferrara (1985), Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1981), Italian Cultural Institute, New York (1979), Palazzo dei Musei, Modena (1974).

Among the most important collective shows in institutions: Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2018), MAN, Nuoro (2017), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014), Cultural Center Palacio de la Moneda, Santiago de Chile (2012), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2009), Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2008), MART, Rovereto (2007), Museo della Permanente, Milan (2005), Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid (2004), Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza (1998), Museum of Modern Art, New York (1992), Gulbenkian Museum of Contemporary Art, Lisbon (1986), Museum of Contemporary Art – Castello di Rivoli (1985), Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Bologna (1978), Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels (1969).

Among the international events we mention the participations: Rome Quadriennale (1999, 1986) and Venice Biennale (1986, 1970).

His relationship with Galleria Fumagalli began in 1998 with the setting of a personal exhibition and the publication of a monograph with texts by Alberto Fiz and Marco Meneguzzo. In 2003, on the occasion of a retrospective dedicated to the artist at the Institut Mathildenhöe in Darmstadt and in collaboration with Galleria Niccoli in Parma, a volume of over 300 pages was published, which documents the work from the beginning. In 2004 Galleria Fumagalli hosts the exhibition “Agostino Bonalumi. Spatial experience – Provocation between construction and perception”. In the catalog, texts by Gillo Dorfles, Marco Meneguzzo and Klaus Wolbert. In 2005 he exhibited in the show “VISIONI, 20 artists in Sant’Agostino”.