MARCO BAGNOLI, DOMENICO BIANCHI, REMO SALVADORI: From The Olnick Spanu Collection
May 5-July 2, 2017
In collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, this exhibition presents three artists from the Olnick Spanu Collection who will also be part of the inaugural exhibition at Magazzino Italian Art, a new warehouse art space located in the Hudson Valley, NY. Dedicated to Post-war and Contemporary Italian Art, Magazzino will open to the public by appointment on June 28, 2017.
For this exhibition Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu have selected Bagnoli, Bianchi and Salvadori, whose work is imbued with the illustrious history of Italian art as well as a profound understanding of today’s world and man’s search for meaning. These artists represent the next generation, following the Arte Povera movement, who continue to explore the human condition and the greater cosmos, and are an example of the artistic talent flourishing in Italy today. We hope this exhibition will serve to inform the US audience of the relevance of Contemporary Italian Art as well as present 3 influential artists who are lesser known in the United States.
The Olnick Spanu Collection
Established by art advocates Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu, The Olnick Spanu Collection is one of the most expansive collections of Post-war Italian Art and Design in the United States. In development since the early 1990s, the art collection is centered around works by conceptual and contemporary Italian artists with a strong focus on the artists associated with the Arte Povera movement. In addition, the Olnick Spanu Collection includes a thoughtfully curated collection of Murano Glass, a breathtaking tribute to design, color and light, featuring over 500 hand-blown works from the 20th and 21st century.
Born in Empoli in 1949 , Bagnoli has long been a presence at major international exhibitions including the Venice Biennial (1982, 1993,1997), Documenta in Kassel (1982 and 1992), and Sonsbeek in Arnhem (1986). From the mid-1970s to today, Marco Bagnoli has had solo exhibitions at prominent institutions like De Appel, Amsterdam (1980 and 1984), Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneve (1985), Castello di Rivoli (1992), Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea ‘Luigi Pecci’, Prato (1995) and Madre, Naples (2015). He has pursued and continues to pursue his own very personal path, creating site-specific installations in places of exceptional artistic, architectural, religious and spiritual value. His works can be found in important international collections, and permanent installations of his pieces have been commissioned by public institutions and private patrons.
Born in Rome in 1955, where he lives and works today, Bianchi attended the city’s Accademia di Belle Arti, and at age 22 made his debut with a solo exhibition at Salvatore Ala Gallery in New York. In the years that followed, his work was shown at the Galerie Swart in Amsterdam, Yvon Lambert in Paris, Gian Enzo Sperone in Rome and New York, L.A. Louver Gallery in Los Angeles and Galleria Christian Stein in Turin and Milan. Bianchi’s first museum exhibition was at the Museo of Rivoli in 1989. He exhibited in the Italian Pavilion at the 45th Venice Biennale (1993), in Arte e Alchimia at the 42nd Venice Biennale (1986), and at Aperto 84 at the 41st Venice Biennale (1984).
Born in Cerreto Guidi, near Vinci in the province of Florence, in 1947, Salvadori currently lives and works in Milan. An exponent of the generation following Arte Povera and Conceptual Art, Salvadori opens up a new space in the conception and formulation of the work, in which art is experienced as a “revelation”. The attention directed toward time and space in his work, as in his own life, intersects with reflections upon the essence of color, on the nature of pure metal, and on the role of the observer. Salvadori’s important solo exhibitions include those at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (2005); Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (1997); Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble (1991); and the Italian Cultural Institute and The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (1987).