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Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson was born in London in 1953, where he lives and works. He studied at the London College of Printing, at the Hornsey College of Art and at the University of Reading. He is one of the most acclaimed English sculptors for his space interventions that take inspiration from the engineering and construction worlds. Almost all his works, site-specific but readapted to any defined architectural space, explore the spatiality and mutation of everyday materials, show the amalgamation of objects and the interest in the analysis and observation of the human habitat. Collapsed caravans, dismounted taxis, stacked shacks and stairs that do not lead to anything, are just a few examples of the artist’s creations aimed at reconfiguring the everyday life and showing unexpected proposals. His assemblages highlight the incongruity between the real and the artifice, between the object and its image, ensuring an effect of disorientation induced by the ambiguity between the feeling of familiarity and at the same time of novelty that makes recognizable, but not completely, the objects. He is an honorary professor of sculpture at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

His solo exhibitions have been held in institutions all over the world, such as: Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh (2008), Palazzo delle Papesse – Center for Contemporary Art, Siena (2004), De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea (2003 ), Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (2002), Stadtsches Museum, Zwickau, Tate Gallery, London and Chateau de Sacy, Picardie (1997), Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny and MOCA, Los Angeles (1994), Kunsterhaus Bethanien, Berlin (1993), Centrum Sztuki Wspolczesnej, Warsaw and Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1990), Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense (1989), Plymouth Arts Center, Plymouth (1987).

Among the collective exhibitions in institutions we mention: Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2013), Palazzo Fabroni, Pistoia (2010), Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen (2004), Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice (2002), Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2001), London Institute, London (1998), National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (1996), Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (1993), The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (1987), Lehmbruch Museum, Lehmbruch (1980), Camden Arts Center, London (1975).

Richard Wilson has also participated in prestigious international exhibitions: Folkestone Triennial (2008),  Yokohama Triennial (2005), Sydney Biennial (1992), Sao Paulo Biennial (1990), Trigon Biennial, Graz (1987), Venice Biennial (1986).

His relationship with Galleria Fumagalli began in 2005. It continues in 2007 with the staging of “Ape Piaggio” with works specifically created for the gallery spaces in Bergamo. In 2018 Galleria Fumagalli hosts his second solo show “Take an Object”.