Enrico Castellani

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ENRICO CASTELLANI

ENRICO CASTELLANI

Biography

Born in Castelmassa, Rovigo, in 1930 Enrico Castellani passed away in Celleno in 2017. In the early ‘50s he studied art and architecture at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Belgium and at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, very soon starting an artistic practice on the border between painting, sculpture and architecture, searching for a new paradigm. An active member of the new Milan scene in the late 50s, he co-founded with friend Piero Manzoni the magazine Azimuth in 1959 and the almost homonymous Azimut gallery, proposing a total zeroing of the previous artistic experience. In that year Enrico Castellani produced his first extroflected surface by probing the potential of the canvas under maximum tension: “Black Surface”. The white followed to the black, with its shadows and lights and the serial repetition of compositional rhythms, thus inaugurating a poetics of the “different repetition”. “White is not a color for me, but its absence. In my works I tend to be as objective as possible. The works exist for themselves, they are not meant to transmit any message”.

Enrico Castellani showed his works all around the world, among the personals exhibitions held in institutions: Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint-Étienne (2012), Ca’ Pesaro, Venice (with Günther Uecker, 2012), Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (2006), The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow (2005), Prada Foundation, Milan (2001), Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento (1999), Palazzo Fabroni Arti Visive Contemporanee, Pistoia (1996). Among the most prestigious collective exhibitions in institutions: Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2018), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014), Palazzo Grassi, Venice and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2008), Centro Luigi Pecci, Prato (1998), Guggenheim Museum, New York and La Triennale, Milan (1994), Reina Sofia Art Center, Madrid (1990), Museum of Contemporary Art – Castello di Rivoli, Turin (1984), Centre Georges Pompidou , Paris (1981), Museum of Modern Art, New York (1965), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1965, 1962), Palazzo Querini-Stampalia, Venice (1963), Städtisches Museum, Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen (1960).

Numerous the international events in which he took part, such as: Venice Biennale (2003, 1993, 1984, 1966, 1964), Documenta IV (1968), Sao Paulo Biennial (1965). In 2010 he received the highest honor in the field of arts from Prince Hitachi, Honorary Patron of the Japan Art Association: the Imperial Praemium for Painting. Since 1997 Galleria Fumagalli of Bergamo inaugurated three solo exhibitions dedicated to Enrico Castellani. The first in 1997 was accompanied by a catalog with texts by Annamaria Maggi and Marco Meneguzzo. The second in 2001 was followed by a publication documenting the artist’s work from 1959 to 2000; in the same year, in co-ordination with Galleria Niccoli of Parma, Fumagalli also proposed the anastatic reprint of the two issues 1959-60 of Azimuth magazine. The third solo show was held in 2006 and in 2011 Castellani took part in the collective exhibition “ACMN. Giovanni Anselmo, Enrico Castellani, Maurizio Mochetti, Maurizio Nannucci “, of which the catalog was published in 2018.

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Biography

Born in Castelmassa, Rovigo, in 1930 Enrico Castellani passed away in Celleno in 2017. In the early ‘50s he studied art and architecture at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Belgium and at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, very soon starting an artistic practice on the border between painting, sculpture and architecture, searching for a new paradigm. An active member of the new Milan scene in the late 50s, he co-founded with friend Piero Manzoni the magazine Azimuth in 1959 and the almost homonymous Azimut gallery, proposing a total zeroing of the previous artistic experience. In that year Enrico Castellani produced his first extroflected surface by probing the potential of the canvas under maximum tension: “Black Surface”. The white followed to the black, with its shadows and lights and the serial repetition of compositional rhythms, thus inaugurating a poetics of the “different repetition”. “White is not a color for me, but its absence. In my works I tend to be as objective as possible. The works exist for themselves, they are not meant to transmit any message”.

Enrico Castellani showed his works all around the world, among the personals exhibitions held in institutions: Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint-Étienne (2012), Ca’ Pesaro, Venice (with Günther Uecker, 2012), Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome (2006), The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow (2005), Prada Foundation, Milan (2001), Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento (1999), Palazzo Fabroni Arti Visive Contemporanee, Pistoia (1996). Among the most prestigious collective exhibitions in institutions: Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2018), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014), Palazzo Grassi, Venice and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2008), Centro Luigi Pecci, Prato (1998), Guggenheim Museum, New York and La Triennale, Milan (1994), Reina Sofia Art Center, Madrid (1990), Museum of Contemporary Art – Castello di Rivoli, Turin (1984), Centre Georges Pompidou , Paris (1981), Museum of Modern Art, New York (1965), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1965, 1962), Palazzo Querini-Stampalia, Venice (1963), Städtisches Museum, Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen (1960).

Numerous the international events in which he took part, such as: Venice Biennale (2003, 1993, 1984, 1966, 1964), Documenta IV (1968), Sao Paulo Biennial (1965). In 2010 he received the highest honor in the field of arts from Prince Hitachi, Honorary Patron of the Japan Art Association: the Imperial Praemium for Painting. Since 1997 Galleria Fumagalli of Bergamo inaugurated three solo exhibitions dedicated to Enrico Castellani. The first in 1997 was accompanied by a catalog with texts by Annamaria Maggi and Marco Meneguzzo. The second in 2001 was followed by a publication documenting the artist’s work from 1959 to 2000; in the same year, in co-ordination with Galleria Niccoli of Parma, Fumagalli also proposed the anastatic reprint of the two issues 1959-60 of Azimuth magazine. The third solo show was held in 2006 and in 2011 Castellani took part in the collective exhibition “ACMN. Giovanni Anselmo, Enrico Castellani, Maurizio Mochetti, Maurizio Nannucci “, of which the catalog was published in 2018.

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Works

Enrico Castellani, Topologema 3, 1973. Acrylic and pencil, 90×90 cm

Enrico Castellani, Topologema 3, 1973. Acrylic and pencil, 90×90 cm

Enrico Castellani, Topologema 3, 1973
Acrylic and pencil, 90×90 cm
Enrico Castellani, Superficie blu, 1965. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 50×50 cm

Enrico Castellani, Superficie blu, 1965. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 50×50 cm

Enrico Castellani, Superficie blu, 1965
Acrylic on shaped canvas, 50×50 cm
Enrico Castellani, Superficie rossa, 1999. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 130×180 cm

Enrico Castellani, Superficie rossa, 1999. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 130×180 cm

Enrico Castellani, Superficie rossa, 1999
Acrylic on shaped canvas, 130×180 cm
Enrico Castellani, Superficie bianca, 1995. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 120×100 cm

Enrico Castellani, Superficie bianca, 1995. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 120×100 cm

Enrico Castellani, Superficie bianca, 1995
Acrylic on shaped canvas, 120×100 cm
Enrico Castellani, Superficie bianca, 2003. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 180×240 cm

Enrico Castellani, Superficie bianca, 2003. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 180×240 cm

Enrico Castellani, Superficie bianca, 2003
Acrylic on shaped canvas, 180×240 cm
Enrico Castellani, Untitled, 1988. Paper, 65×80 cm

Enrico Castellani, Untitled, 1988. Paper, 65×80 cm

Enrico Castellani, Untitled, 1988
Paper, 65×80 cm

Works

Enrico Castellani, Topologema 3, 1973. Acrylic and pencil, 90×90 cm

Enrico Castellani, Topologema 3, 1973. Acrylic and pencil, 90×90 cm

Enrico Castellani, Superficie blu, 1965. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 50×50 cm

Enrico Castellani, Superficie blu, 1965. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 50×50 cm

Enrico Castellani, Superficie rossa, 1999. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 130×180 cm

Enrico Castellani, Superficie rossa, 1999. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 130×180 cm

Enrico Castellani, Superficie bianca, 1995. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 120×100 cm

Enrico Castellani, Superficie bianca, 1995. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 120×100 cm

Enrico Castellani, Superficie bianca, 2003. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 180×240 cm

Enrico Castellani, Superficie bianca, 2003. Acrylic on shaped canvas, 180×240 cm

Enrico Castellani, Untitled, 1988. Paper, 65×80 cm

Enrico Castellani, Untitled, 1988. Paper, 65×80 cm

Works

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

ENRICO CASTELLANI
Opere recenti

Opening 11 November 2006
14 November 2006 to 10 January 2007

Exhibition  →

ENRICO CASTELLANI

Opening 29 September 2001
2 October to 19 November 2001

Exhibition  →

ENRICO CASTELLANI
Opere 1959-1997

March 1997

Exhibition  →

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

A Personal View of Abstract Painting and Sculpture

Opening 25 May 2016
26 May to 10 September 2016

Exhibition  →

ACMN – Anselmo, Castellani, Mochetti, Nannucci

Opening 18 May 2011
31 May to 22 October 2011

Exhibition  →

AAVV:30

Opening 27 November 2004
30 November 2004 to 20 January 2005

Exhibition  →

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

ENRICO CASTELLANI
Opere recenti

Opening 11 November 2006
14 November 2006 to 10 January 2007

Exhibition  →

ENRICO CASTELLANI

Opening 29 September 2001
2 October to 19 November 2001

Exhibition  →

ENRICO CASTELLANI
Opere 1959-1997

March 1997

Exhibition  →

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

A Personal View of Abstract Painting and Sculpture

Opening 25 May 2016
26 May to 10 September 2016

Exhibition  →

ACMN – Anselmo, Castellani, Mochetti, Nannucci

Opening 18 May 2011
31 May to 22 October 2011

Exhibition  →

AAVV:30

Opening 27 November 2004
30 November 2004 to 20 January 2005

Exhibition  →

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