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Giovanni Anselmo

Giovanni Anselmo was born in Borgofranco d’Ivrea in 1934, he lives and works between Turin and the island of Stromboli. As a self-taught artist, after having experimented with traditional painting, and graphic design he dedicated himself to conceptual art; in 1967 he took part in the exhibition “ConTempL’azione” at three Turin galleries Christian Stein, Sperone, and ll Punto, joining the group of artists got together by critic Germano Celant under the name of Arte Povera. Since the early works of the 60s his research is aimed at highlighting the potential presence of the invisible in the visible and the energy inherent in the matter through combinations of materials and objects of contrary value (technological and natural, heavy and light, organic and inorganic). Through this process, he obtains the maximum tension from the dialectical deal between the different elements. Each work of Giovanni Anselmo arises from the manifestation in the space of the forces that the elements predisposed by the artist produce by meeting: he often uses the magnetic needle present in the compass as an expression of forces that indicate a direction. During the ’80s, he elaborated a series of works made of stone blocks (such as “Verso oltremare” from 1984) often hung by thin steel cables, alluding to the potential and only apparent weight loss and tension towards “the beyond”. In 1990 he represented Italy at the 44th Venice Biennale and received the Leone d’Oro for painting.

His first solo exhibition was held in 1968 at the Galleria Sperone in Turin, followed by numerous exhibitions in museums and institutions around the world: Querini Stampalia Foundation, Venice (2017),  Museum of Contemporary Art – Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2016), Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Saint-Étienne (2015), Museumcultuur Strombeek, Gent (2014), Kunstmuseum Winterthur (2013), MAMBO, Bologna (2006), Museum Kurhaus Kleve (2004), The Renaissance Society, Chicago (1997 ), Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Nice (1996), Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela (1995), Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (1993), Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (1990), Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon and Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Modena (1989), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1885), Musée de Grenoble, Grenoble and Stedelijk Van Abbenmuseum, Eindhoven (1980), Kunsthalle, Basel (1979), Kabinett für aktuelle Kunst, Bremen (1975), Kunstmuseum, Lucerne (1973).

Among the most important group exhibitions in institutions: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (2018), National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome (2017), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (2016), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (2015), Kunstverein, Düsseldorf (2014), MoMA, New York (2013, 2010), Kunstmuseum, Basel (2012), La Triennale, Milan and Palazzo Fortuny, Venice (2011), Museum of Art, Philadelphia (2010), Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2009), MART, Rovereto and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2008), Museum of Art, Tel Aviv (2007), Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona (2006), Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2004), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and MAXXI, Rome (2003), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2002), Museum of Contemporary Art – Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2000, 1999), Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg (1998), Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (1997), Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (1996, 1991), Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (1995), Guggenheim Museum, New York (1994), Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal (1990), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (1989), Musée des Beaux- Arts, Nîmes (1988), Kunstverein, Frankfurt (1987), Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (1986), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1985), The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1984), Kunstverein, Stuttgart (1982), Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (1980), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1979), The Art Institute, Chicago (1977), Kunsthalle, Cologne (1974), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1970), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1969).

Among the international exhibitions: Venice Biennale (2007, 1990, 1986, 1980, 1978, 1972), San Paolo Biennial (1994), Documenta VII (1982) and V (1972), Sydney Biennial (1976) and Biennial of Istanbul (2015).

In 2011 he exhibited at Galleria Fumagalli in Bergamo in the show “ACMN. Giovanni Anselmo, Enrico Castellani, Maurizio Mochetti, Maurizio Nannucci “, of which the catalog was published in 2018.