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Giuseppe Capogrossi (Rome, March 7, 1900 - Rome, October 9, 1972) was an Italian painter.

Of noble origin, he made his classical studies and graduated in Law at Sapienza.

In 1923-24 he studied painting with Felice Carena and in 1927 he went to Paris with Fausto Pirandello. This was the first trip to what was then the European cultural center, which was followed by several others in the following years.

In 1930 he participated in the XXVII Venice Biennale and, starting from the III Sindacale Romana (1932), he took part regularly in the trade unions, the Venice Biennale and the Milan Triennale, sometimes presenting several works.

Together with Corrado Cagli, Emanuele Cavalli and Eloisa Michelucci, in 1932, at the Galleria Roma and the following year at the Galleria il Milione in Milan and at the Jacques Bojean Gallery in Paris (with Cagli, Cavalli, and Sclavi) he exhibited some of his works. The critic Waldemar George will coin the term "Ecole de Rome", which has become famous as the "Roman school".

In 1933 he signed the "Manifesto of Plastic Primordialism" with Melli and Cavalli and in 1935, in San Francisco, he participated in the itinerant collective "Exhibition of Contemporary Italian Painting".

The first post-war exhibitions (1947) at the Galleria il Cortile in Rome correspond to a renewal of language, which leads to Abstract Painting.

Exponent of the Roman School, therefore, Capogrossi was a figure of considerable importance in the panorama of Italian informal together with Lucio Fontana and Alberto Burri.

He participated in the Bergamo Prize in 1939, 1940 and 1942 and several times in the Documenta exhibition in Kassel and at the Biennale of San Paolo in Brazil.

In 1950 he participated in the foundation of the Origine Group, together with Mario Ballocco, Alberto Burri and Ettore Colla.

In 1958 one of his works "Surface 210" from 1957 was acquired by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York.

In 1960 he also exhibited at the II Tokyo International Biennial.

In 1963-64 he exhibited at the exhibition Peintures italiennes d'aujourd'hui, organized in the Middle East and North Africa.

In 2012-2013 a retrospective of Capogrossi takes place at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, under the High Patronage of the President of the Republic and under the patronage of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities.