Giorgio Griffa

By 27 June 2019 Artists

GIORGIO GRIFFA

GIORGIO GRIFFA

Biography

Giorgio Griffa was born in Turin in 1936, where he lives and works. Initially linked to Arte Povera, between 1967 and 1968 he started to develop his own language based on a working method that still characterizes his practice: raw canvases (jute, hemp, cotton or linen) without frame, placed on the floor, absorb the color in most cases dyed with water. With a performative and time-based approach, Giorgio Griffa has been forming his work depending on the canvas and the brush, relying on “intelligence of painting”; his essential and primordial signs derive from his fascination for quantum energy, spatial-temporal mathematics and golden section. Lines and brushstrokes are intentionally cut and the canvas is never filled with a well-defined object, which rather shows a temporal action, an evolving thought. During the ’80s and the ’90s, his signs became more complex but also gained a decorative function compared to the absolute essential forms of the ‘60s. Once established the basic grammatical rules, Giorgio Griffa continues to articulate his own language in different ways.

Among his personal shows held in institutions: Camden Arts Centre, London (2018), Fundação de Serralves, Porto and Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles (2016), Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2015), MACRO, Rome (2011), Museo della Permanente, Milan and Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt (2005), GAM, Turin (2002, 2001), Loggetta Lombardesca, Ravenna (1991), Italian Institute of Culture, Cologne (1985), Kunstverein, Braunschweig (1980). Among the most important group exhibitions in institutions: Pinacoteca Albertina, Turin (2018), Museum of Contemporary Art – Castello di Rivoli (2017), GAMeC, Bergamo (2010), Kunsthaus, Zurich (2009), Museo della Permanente, Milan (2007), Italian Institute of Culture, London (2006), MART, Rovereto (2005), Academy of France, Rome (2003), Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna (1998), Kunsteverein, Frankfurt (1997, 1987), Loggetta Lombardesca, Ravenna (1990), Museo de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro (1989), Galleria Civica, Modena (1988), Alvar Aalto Museum, Jyaskyla (1985), Palazzo Reale, Milan (1984), Museum Padagogisches Zentrum, Munich (1982), Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona (1981), Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (1977), Internationaal Culturell Centrum, Antwerp (1975), Museum of the Philadelphia Civic Center, Philadelphia (1973), Museé d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1970), Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf (1969).

Giorgio Griffa took part in international events such as: Venice Biennale (2017, 1980, 1978), Rome Quadriennale (1999, 1986), Sao Paulo Biennale (1977). His collaboration with Galleria Fumagalli began in 1995 with a personal exhibition followed by the publication of a catalog with a text by Giovanni Maria Accame. Again in 1995 Fumagalli curated the book “Di segno in segno”, with texts by Giorgio Griffa and Martina Corgnati, on the occasion of the exhibition at Palazzo Recanati-Arroni in Spoleto. In 2005 the gallery curated the publication of the volume dedicated to his work from 1968 to 1980, with texts by Marco Meneguzzo and Luca Massimo Barbero, which accompanied the exhibitions at the Institute Mathildenhöe in Darmstadt, the Kunsthalle of Aschaffengurg and the Museo della Permanente in Milan. Again in 2005 Griffa exhibited in the group show “VISIONI, 20 artists in Sant’Agostino”. In 2006 the gallery opened another personal exhibition “Sezione Aurea e qualcos’altro” and in 2008 published the monograph “Segnando pitttura”, curated by Alberto Fiz. In 2012 the last solo show “Giorgio Griffa, works 1969 …”, was organized at Spazioborgogno in Milan.

Biography

Giorgio Griffa was born in Turin in 1936, where he lives and works. Initially linked to Arte Povera, between 1967 and 1968 he started to develop his own language based on a working method that still characterizes his practice: raw canvases (jute, hemp, cotton or linen) without frame, placed on the floor, absorb the color in most cases dyed with water. With a performative and time-based approach, Giorgio Griffa has been forming his work depending on the canvas and the brush, relying on “intelligence of painting”; his essential and primordial signs derive from his fascination for quantum energy, spatial-temporal mathematics and golden section. Lines and brushstrokes are intentionally cut and the canvas is never filled with a well-defined object, which rather shows a temporal action, an evolving thought. During the ’80s and the ’90s, his signs became more complex but also gained a decorative function compared to the absolute essential forms of the ‘60s. Once established the basic grammatical rules, Giorgio Griffa continues to articulate his own language in different ways.

Among his personal shows held in institutions: Camden Arts Centre, London (2018), Fundação de Serralves, Porto and Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles (2016), Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2015), MACRO, Rome (2011), Museo della Permanente, Milan and Institut Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt (2005), GAM, Turin (2002, 2001), Loggetta Lombardesca, Ravenna (1991), Italian Institute of Culture, Cologne (1985), Kunstverein, Braunschweig (1980). Among the most important group exhibitions in institutions: Pinacoteca Albertina, Turin (2018), Museum of Contemporary Art – Castello di Rivoli (2017), GAMeC, Bergamo (2010), Kunsthaus, Zurich (2009), Museo della Permanente, Milan (2007), Italian Institute of Culture, London (2006), MART, Rovereto (2005), Academy of France, Rome (2003), Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna (1998), Kunsteverein, Frankfurt (1997, 1987), Loggetta Lombardesca, Ravenna (1990), Museo de Belas Artes, Rio de Janeiro (1989), Galleria Civica, Modena (1988), Alvar Aalto Museum, Jyaskyla (1985), Palazzo Reale, Milan (1984), Museum Padagogisches Zentrum, Munich (1982), Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona (1981), Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (1977), Internationaal Culturell Centrum, Antwerp (1975), Museum of the Philadelphia Civic Center, Philadelphia (1973), Museé d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1970), Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf (1969).

Giorgio Griffa took part in international events such as: Venice Biennale (2017, 1980, 1978), Rome Quadriennale (1999, 1986), Sao Paulo Biennale (1977). His collaboration with Galleria Fumagalli began in 1995 with a personal exhibition followed by the publication of a catalog with a text by Giovanni Maria Accame. Again in 1995 Fumagalli curated the book “Di segno in segno”, with texts by Giorgio Griffa and Martina Corgnati, on the occasion of the exhibition at Palazzo Recanati-Arroni in Spoleto. In 2005 the gallery curated the publication of the volume dedicated to his work from 1968 to 1980, with texts by Marco Meneguzzo and Luca Massimo Barbero, which accompanied the exhibitions at the Institute Mathildenhöe in Darmstadt, the Kunsthalle of Aschaffengurg and the Museo della Permanente in Milan. Again in 2005 Griffa exhibited in the group show “VISIONI, 20 artists in Sant’Agostino”. In 2006 the gallery opened another personal exhibition “Sezione Aurea e qualcos’altro” and in 2008 published the monograph “Segnando pitttura”, curated by Alberto Fiz. In 2012 the last solo show “Giorgio Griffa, works 1969 …”, was organized at Spazioborgogno in Milan.

Works

Giorgio Griffa, Da sinistra, 1968. Acrylic on canvas, 71,5×57 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Da sinistra, 1968. Acrylic on canvas, 71,5×57 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Da sinistra, 1968
Acrylic on canvas, 71,5×57 cm
Giorgio Griffa, Dall’alto, 1968. Acrylic on canvas, 84×54,5 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Dall’alto, 1968. Acrylic on canvas, 84×54,5 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Dall’alto, 1968
Acrylic on canvas, 84×54,5 cm
Giorgio Griffa, Dall’alto, 1968. Acrylic on canvas, 118,5×63,5 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Dall’alto, 1968. Acrylic on canvas, 118,5×63,5 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Dall’alto, 1968
Acrylic on canvas, 118,5×63,5 cm
Giorgio Griffa, Linee orizzontali, 1974. Acrylic on canvas, 143×183 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Linee orizzontali, 1974. Acrylic on canvas, 143×183 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Linee orizzontali, 1974
Acrylic on canvas, 143×183 cm
Giorgio Griffa, Violetto verticale, 1977. Acrylic on canvas, 69,5×48,5 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Violetto verticale, 1977. Acrylic on canvas, 69,5×48,5 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Violetto verticale, 1977
Acrylic on canvas, 69,5×48,5 cm
Giorgio Griffa, Obliquo Policromo, 1978. Acrylic on canvas, 147×180 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Obliquo Policromo, 1978. Acrylic on canvas, 147×180 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Obliquo Policromo, 1978
Acrylic on canvas, 147×180 cm
Giorgio Griffa, Sezione aurea, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 60×97 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Sezione aurea, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 60×97 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Sezione aurea, 2006
Acrylic on canvas, 60×97 cm
Giorgio Griffa, Sezione aurea, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 60×97 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Sezione aurea, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 60×97 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Sezione aurea, 2006
Acrylic on canvas, 60×97 cm
Giorgio Griffa, Sezione aurea, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 65×105 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Sezione aurea, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 65×105 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Sezione aurea, 2006
Acrylic on canvas, 65×105 cm
Giorgio Griffa, Sezione aurea, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 70×113 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Sezione aurea, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 70×113 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Sezione aurea, 2006
Acrylic on canvas, 70×113 cm
Giorgio Griffa, Violetto dall’alto, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 86×78 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Violetto dall’alto, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 86×78 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Violetto dall’alto, 2006
Acrylic on canvas, 86×78 cm
Giorgio Griffa, Archiblu, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 70×98 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Archiblu, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 70×98 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Archiblu, 2007
Acrylic on canvas, 70×98 cm
Giorgio Griffa, Viola spezzato, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 50×96 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Viola spezzato, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 50×96 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Viola spezzato, 2007
Acrylic on canvas, 50×96 cm
Giorgio Griffa, Rosso mosso, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 93×146 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Rosso mosso, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 93×146 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Rosso mosso, 2007
Acrylic on canvas, 93×146 cm
Giorgio Griffa, Viola oscuro, 2008. Acrylic on canvas, 59×97 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Viola oscuro, 2008. Acrylic on canvas, 59×97 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Viola oscuro, 2008
Acrylic on canvas, 59×97 cm
Giorgio Griffa, Senza titolo, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 56×74,5 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Senza titolo, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 56×74,5 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Senza titolo, 2007
Acrylic on canvas, 56×74,5 cm

Works

Giorgio Griffa, Da sinistra, 1968. Acrylic on canvas, 71,5×57 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Da sinistra, 1968. Acrylic on canvas, 71,5×57 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Dall’alto, 1968. Acrylic on canvas, 84×54,5 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Dall’alto, 1968. Acrylic on canvas, 84×54,5 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Dall’alto, 1968. Acrylic on canvas, 118,5×63,5 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Dall’alto, 1968. Acrylic on canvas, 118,5×63,5 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Linee orizzontali, 1974. Acrylic on canvas, 143×183 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Linee orizzontali, 1974. Acrylic on canvas, 143×183 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Violetto verticale, 1977. Acrylic on canvas, 69,5×48,5 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Violetto verticale, 1977. Acrylic on canvas, 69,5×48,5 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Obliquo Policromo, 1978. Acrylic on canvas, 147×180 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Obliquo Policromo, 1978. Acrylic on canvas, 147×180 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Sezione aurea, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 60×97 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Sezione aurea, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 60×97 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Sezione aurea, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 60×97 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Sezione aurea, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 60×97 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Sezione aurea, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 65×105 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Sezione aurea, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 65×105 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Sezione aurea, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 70×113 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Sezione aurea, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 70×113 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Violetto dall’alto, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 86×78 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Violetto dall’alto, 2006. Acrylic on canvas, 86×78 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Archiblu, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 70×98 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Archiblu, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 70×98 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Viola spezzato, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 50×96 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Viola spezzato, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 50×96 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Rosso mosso, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 93×146 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Rosso mosso, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 93×146 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Viola oscuro, 2008. Acrylic on canvas, 59×97 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Viola oscuro, 2008. Acrylic on canvas, 59×97 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Senza titolo, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 56×74,5 cm

Giorgio Griffa, Senza titolo, 2007. Acrylic on canvas, 56×74,5 cm

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

GIORGIO GRIFFA
Opere 1968/1978

Opening 19 January 2013
22 January to 18 February 2013

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GIORGIO GRIFFA
Sezione aurea e qualcos’altro

Opening 29 September 2006
3 October to 4 November 2006

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GIORGIO GRIFFA
L’origine profonda

1995

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GROUP EXHIBITIONS

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Opening 23 February 2017
24 February to 1 April 2017

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Opening 4 October 2012
5 October to 15 November 2012

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Visioni. 20 artisti a Sant’Agostino

Opening 8 April 2005
9 April to 11 June 2005

Exhibition  →

AAVV:30 

Opening 27 November 2004
30 November 2004 to 30 January 2005

Exhibition  →

Uscita di sicurezza

October 1996

Exhibition  →

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

GIORGIO GRIFFA
Opere 1968/1978

Opening 19 January 2013
22 January to 18 February 2013

Exhibition →

GIORGIO GRIFFA
Sezione aurea e qualcos’altro

Opening 29 September 2006
3 October to 4 November 2006

Exhibition  →

GIORGIO GRIFFA
L’origine profonda

1995

Exhibition  →

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Switch On 3

Opening 23 February 2017
24 February to 1 April 2017

Exhibition  →

Switch On

Opening 4 October 2012
5 October to 15 November 2012

Exhibition  →

Visioni. 20 artisti a Sant’Agostino

Opening 8 April 2005
9 April to 11 June 2005

Exhibition  →

AAVV:30 

Opening 27 November 2004
30 November 2004 to 30 January 2005

Exhibition  →

Uscita di sicurezza

October 1996

Exhibition  →

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