Elio Marchegiani | Original prints, lithographs, etchings and illustrated books




Elio Marchegiani (Syracuse, 2 September 1929) is an Italian painter and sculptor.
Born in Syracuse in 1929 to Sicilian parents. He begins to paint by himself. After meeting with Mario Nigro he began to organize exhibitions and cultural meetings, but it was knowledge and friendship with Gianni Bertini that suggested he leave the province for Paris, Milan, Rome, Bologna (in Pianoro Vecchio), and in the period summer study in the islands of Favignana and Ischia.

In 1959 he took part in the 8th Rome Quadriennale. In Florence he is part of "Gruppo 70", starting a friendship with Giuseppe Chiari. The attention to Giacomo Balla, Marcel Duchamp and Lucio Fontana and the links between science and image are the basis of the work that, in the sixties, will be managed by Guido Le Noci of the Apollinaire Gallery in Milan and by Gaspero of the Corso della Galleria L ' Obelisk of Rome. Since 1969 he has been teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino "Technology of materials and laboratory research" and will later be appointed to the chair of Painting.

In 1968 he is at the Venice Biennale [1] together with the reconstruction of futurist flowers and other works left by Balla unfinished or with the inscription: "Reconstruct them with the materials of your era" [2]. In 2001 the La Scala Theater Museum invited him with his reconstruction of "Feu d'artifice" by Giacomo Balla [3], shown in original size for the "Sipario" exhibition at Castello di Rivoli in 1997, also exhibited in 2005 at the MART of Rovereto in the exhibition "La danza delle Avanguardie" and also at the Palazzo Reale in Milan in 2009 in the exhibition "Futurism 1909-2009 - Speed ​​+ art + action".

After the research on movement and light and the reconstruction of Feu d'Artifice the idea of ​​"technology as poetry" leads him to an even more careful analysis of his work with works and settings [4]; the series of tires, destined to die over time (performed between '71 and '73) also brought to the 1972 Venice Biennale with the scale reconstruction of the bell tower of San Marco, precedes the period in which it dedicates itself to the Grammature of color and research on supports (Intonaco, Lavagna, Pelle, Pergamena exhibited at the Studio Sant'Andrea in Milan by Gianfranco Bellora with whom he had a long association). A Color Grammar is currently on display in the Italian Contemporary Art Collection at the Farnesina (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rome) and others in various Italian and foreign museums.

In Paris at the FIAC '85 in '86 he received a French-American clientele with definitive installations in Paris in the Saint Louis, at the Château de Blois on the Loire and later in New York and San Francisco. In 1986 Giorgio Celli invited him to the Venice Biennale "Section Biology". In 1997 he took part in the exhibition "Dadaismo Dadaismi - from Duchamp to Warhol - 300 masterpieces" at Palazzo Forti in Verona, with the work "Deus ex machina, 1965" invited by the curator Giorgio Cortenova. In 1998 the Municipality of Livorno, in the space of the Fattori Museum, dedicated an ample anthology to him that included the most significant works of the various periods of his artistic research with the publication of a catalog entitled: "Making to make people think", logo of his job.

And again in 2001 he was present at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the "Collection of 20th Century artists at the Farnesina" by Maurizio Calvesi who in 2007-08 always with a Grammar of color invites him to the "Journey in Italian art - one hundred works from the Farnesina Collection "traveling exhibition in Eastern Europe and Latin America. In 2004 at the Mole Vanvitelliana in Ancona he took part in the "Riflessi nell'arte" exhibition and at the XXI Premio Sulmona, invited by Giorgio di Genova, received the First Prize. In March 2007 an anthological exhibition in the Convento del Carmine of Marsala, seat of the National Exhibition of Contemporary Painting with a presentation by Sergio Troisi [5].

In the months of July, August, September 2010 the anthological exhibition at the Torre di Guevara in Ischia with presentation in the catalog by Massimo Bignardi, published by Le Rive di Cartaromana.

In January 2012, the Galleria Allegra Ravizza Art Project set up the first exhibition of historical works starting from a 1971 project "Culture and energy", an exhibition in 5 actions held at the Galleria Apollinaire in Milan with Pierre Restany. The cure is by Marco Meneguzzo who says in a television interview: "Marchegiani is the future made at home". At the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome, in March 2012, he participated with the work "Helios" 1966, in "Arte Kinetica e programmed" curated by Giovanni Granzotto and Mariastella Margozzi. From the end of the century to the present day, his activity is focused on three-dimensional and environmental works, and on his "Making to think" dedicated to paying attention to the outside world, in the constant conviction that the artist must also tell his own age.

In Milan he exhibited at the Italian Gallery of Piazza Scala in the exhibition "Cantieri del 900" Intesa Sanpaolo collection curated by Francesco Tedeschi, Skira catalog.

At the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome, in March 2012, he participated with the work "Helios" 1966, in "Arte Programmata and cinetica kinetics of the 60s and 70s" curated by Giovanni Granzotto and Mariastella Margozzi.

2013 begins with the exhibition "Transculture" at the Municipal Gallery of Arezzo curated by Fabio Migliorati, at the same time as the Fabbriche Chiaramontane of Agrigento the exhibition "Homemade Future" curated by Marco Meneguzzo with Silvana Editoriale catalog. In April, at the Valmore Gallery in Vicenza, "The analytical line of art". Also in April, with the Donation: Spain Bellora became part of the Museo del Novecento in Milan with a "Grammatura di colore-support intonaco, 1977" in the Silvana Editoriale catalog.

Sandro Parmiggiani invites him to "Ninety artists for a flag" which are exhibited in Reggio Emilia, Chiostri di San Domenico; Modena, Military Academy; Rome, Victorian Complex; Turin, Arsenal Palace.

In 2014, “La grande Scacchiera - chess game with Duchamp” 1976 (1500 × 300 cm) is permanently installed at the BAG Bocconi Art Gallery, Milan. He takes part in the exhibition "L 'orlando Furioso - Contemporary art reads Ariosto" by Sandro Parmiggiani with Silvana Editoriale catalog.

In April-June 2014: A "piece" of my old story ... and little actuality (autobiographical text) the personal exhibition at the Rocca Roveresca of Senigallia.

In January 2015 in Legnago, Ferrarin Arte, the exhibition "Moderna Magna Grecia" curated by Giorgio Bonomi and Francesco Tedeschi.

In Milan, from Primo Marella Gallery, the exhibition "Analytical Painting Yesterday and Today" Part I (1970-1980) June-September / Part II (2000-2015) September-October, curated by Alberto Fiz, Silvana Editoriale catalog.

In Lugano, at the Primae Noctis Art Gallery the exhibition "Analytical Painting Yesterday and Today" for the first time in Switzerland, November 2015-January 2016, curated by Alberto Fiz, Silvana Editoriale catalog.

For ArteFiera in Bologna 2016, from Primo Marella Gallery in Milan: only Elio Marchegiani show "do to make people think".

In April-May 2016 the personal “Why” at the Primae Noctis Art Gallery in Lugano with the presentation of the book “Why” published by Primo Marella Gallery with a presentation by Alberto Fiz. In May-June in London, from Mazzoleni Art the exhibition "Analytical Painting" by Alberto Fiz, Silvana Editoriale catalog; in Verona at the Palazzo della gran guardia, "the years of analytical painting: the protagonists" by Alberto Rigoni, Silvana Editoriale catalog. In September-October in Lugano "White Surfaces" at the Primae Noctis Art Gallery.