Vito Acconci

Vito Acconci was born in 1940 in the Bronx, New York, city where he died in 2017. He studied literature at the University of Iowa and began his artistic career as a video poet in the mid-60s under the name of Vito Hannibal Acconci. He began to experiment with Body Art and became one of the major representatives of performing art with the first investigations, often judged scandalous and unorthodox, of 1969. His photographic works, videos and performances focus on his body as an expressive medium, on the relationship between oneself and others and on the relationship with the architectural space. Since the 80s Vito Acconci has also dedicated himself to the creation of sculptures and permanent installations, becoming one of the authors of Public Art. In 1988 he set up the Acconci Studio which brings together a group of architects and designers in order to realize experimental urban public spaces, gardens and eccentric but functional buildings, such as the cultural center Storefront Gallery in Manhattan (1993) and the Muri Island in Graz (2003). During his career he taught in prestigious institutions such as The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax; California Institute of the Arts, Valencia; Cooper Union, New York; School of Art Institute, Chicago; Yale University, New Haven; Parsons School of Design, New York.

Exhibitions dedicated to Vito Acconci have been hosted in the main international museums and institutions since the end of the 1960s. Among his solo shows: MoMA PS1, New York (2016), Museum of Contemporary Art Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2010), Argos Center for Art & Media, Brussels (2009), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2006, 1978) , Musée des Beaux-Art, Nantes and MACBA, Museu d’art contemporani, Barcelona (2004), Milwaukee Museum of Art (2002), Musée d’art moderne, Saint-Etienne (1994), Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Wien (1993), Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci, Prato and Center National of Contemporary Art, Grenoble (1992), Museum of Modern Art, New York (1988), Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (1987), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1983), PAC, Milan and Kolnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (1981), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1980), Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1978), Museum of Conceptual Art, San Francisco (1975).

Among the most important group shows in institutions: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2018), Centro Pecci, Prato (2017), Belvedere, Vienna (2015), Le Tripostal, Lille (2011), Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe and National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2009), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2006, 2002), Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2005), Guggenheim Museum, New York (2004), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2001, 1992, 1989), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1998, 1995), Center Georges Pompidou, Paris (1994, 1987), Milwaukee Museum of Art (1990), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1984), Kunsthalle Köln, Cologne (1974), Museum of Modern Art, New York (1971).

Among the international exhibitions in which he participated: Lyon Biennial (2003, 1995), Sydney Biennial (2002), Documenta VII, VI, V (1982, 1977, 1972), Venice Biennale (1978, 1976), Sao Paulo Biennial (1975).

Galleria Fumagalli dedicates to Vito Acconci a solo exhibition in 2011 entitled “Space of the Body – works and videos 1969/1986”. In 2013 the gallery collaborates in organizing the solo “BODIES IN ACTION / BODIES IN VISION. Artistic experiences and investigations 1965/1980” at the Pecci Museum in Milan.