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Agostino Bonalumi

1935 - 2013
Vimercate, Italy

2 Works exhibited on Kooness

Works by Agostino Bonalumi

Agostino Bonalumi was born on 10 July 1935 in Vimercate, Milan. He carries out studies of technical and mechanical design. He held his first personal exhibition in 1956 at the Galleria Totti in Milan. In 1958 the Bonalumi, Castellani and Manzoni group was born with an exhibition at the Galleria Pater in Milan, which will be followed by other exhibitions in Rome, Milan and Lausanne. In 1961 at the Kasper Gallery in Lausanne he was among the founders of the "New European School" group.

Arturo Schwarz acquires his works and in 1965 presents a personal exhibition of Bonalumi in his gallery in Milan, with a catalog presentation by Gillo Dorfles. In 1966 he began a long period of collaboration with the Galleria del Naviglio in Milan, which will represent him exclusively, publishing in 1973 for the Edizioni del Naviglio through the monograph edited by Gillo Dorfles. In 1966 he was invited to the Venice Biennale with a group of works and in 1970 with a personal room. Following a period of study and work in the countries of Mediterranean Africa and the United States where he is present with a person at the Bonino gallery in New York.

In 1967 he was invited to the Sao Paulo Biennale and in 1968 to the Paris Youth Biennial. He created works of painting-environment such as, in 1967, "Blu Abitabile" for the exhibition "The Space of the Image", in Foligno; in 1968 "Grande Nero", for a solo show at the Museum am Ostwall in Dortmund; in 1979, as part of the exhibition, curated by Francesca Alinovi and Renato Barilli, "Painting Environment" at the Royal Palace of Afilano, the work "From yellow to white and from white to yellow", where the environment considered activity of the man, is analyzed as a primary and psychological activity, as well as in "White Environment - Space withheld and invaded space", created in 2002 for the Guggenheim Foundation in Venice. In 1980, curated by the Lombardy Region, it was set up at Palazzo Te di Mantova, with the care of Flavio Caroli and Gillo Dorfles, an extensive exhibition illustrating the entire span of his work.

The National Academy of San Luca awarded Agostino Bonalumi the 2001 "President of the Republic Award" for sculpture. On the occasion a retrospective exhibition of the artist in the halls of the Academy is presented, accompanied by a monograph edited by Achille Perilli. He worked on set design, realizing in 1970 for the Roman Theater of Verona scenes and costumes for the ballet "Partita", music by Goffredo Petrassi, choreography by Susanna Egri; and in 1972 for the Teatro dell'Opera of Rome the scenes and costumes of "Rot", music by Domenico Guaccero, choreography by Amedeo Amodio. He has made artist books for the Colophon Editions of Belluno and for the Edizioni II Bulinodi Roma; he has published collections of poetry for the same Colophon, for Book Publisher and for the Edizioni Poli Art. He died on 18 September 2013.

A leading figure of the Italian avant-garde, Agostino Bonalumi explored the plasticity of the canvas in his object paintings and contributed to the emergence of irregularly shaped canvases in the postwar period. “My generation lived through the academy of the Arte Informel, when it was triumphant, and at a certain point that expressiveness which was purely appearance and not form, was not enough,” Bonalumi, who thrice exhibited in the Venice Biennale, once said. An ally of the German artist group Zero, Bonalumi—along with peers and friends Enrico Castellani and Piero Manzoni—was inspired by Lucio Fontana’s sliced canvases. He elaborated upon Fontana’s work, developing what he called “extroflexions”—intricate stretchers that molded his vinyl-coated monochromatic canvases and suggested a force pushing out from beneath. In the 1960s, Bonalumi expanded his materials to include metals, and he enlarged the scale of his work, ultimately creating installations.


The movement of the canvas: Agostino Bonalumi & Giuseppe Amadio, Galleria d'Arte Martinelli, Lodi
Agostino Bonalumi - I Wish to Meet Architects, Cortesi Gallery, London
Agostino Bonalumi: All the Shapes of Space, 1958 – 1976, Robilant + Voena, London
AGOSTINO BONALUMI “The Glass of Shadows” Works from Sixties to the Present, Mucciaccia Gallery, Singapore


Art Miami, Galleria d'Arte Martinelli, Miami
Summer Sale: Selected Works, Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York
Relief: a new perspective in post-war art, Cortesi Gallery, London
Spaziale! Italian spatialism and its legacy / London, Opera Gallery, London
Oltre la Pittura, Rossi & Rossi, Hong Kong
Agostino Bonalumi - Paolo Radi, FerrarinArte/Kromya
Light and Movement in European Post-War Art, Cortesi Gallery, London
CG- Arts Back To Beautiful Celebration, O. Ascanio Gallery, Coral Gables
Lines, Colours, Dimensions, Our Gallery, Hong Kong
UNTITLED (MONOCHROME), 1957-2017, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York
Master Drawings: Post-War & Contemporary, Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York
Italian Post-war Sculptures: Between Figuration and Abstraction (St. Moritz), Robilant + Voena, St Moritz
Connecting Vanguards, O. Ascanio Gallery, Miami
Group Show, Galerie Leu, Munich
Summer Group Show, Jerome Zodo Gallery, London
Umberto Mariani & Italian Monochromes, Opera Gallery, Paris
from Dialettica delle Tendenze to Verifica 8+1
. Protagonists, TAG TheArtGallery, Lugano
Drawings, Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York
Monochromaniac, Opera Gallery, New York
Checkmate. Games of International Art from the Sixties to Now, Cortesi Gallery, London
Painting as Neo Avant-Garde, Jerome Zodo Gallery, London
Monochrome - Works by Fratteggiani Bianchi, Bonalumi, Fontana, Knoebel, Sims, Tollens, Voskuil and others, Sebastian Fath Contemporary, Mannheim
Rethinking Space: Work from Post-War Italy, De Buck Gallery, New York
THE SHARPER PERCEPTION: Op Art, Kinetic Art and beyond, GR Gallery, New York
Black. An Idea of Light, Cortesi Gallery, Lugano
INFORMED: Art Informel and the Contemporary Structure, Opera Gallery, Paris
À bout de souffle, Cortesi Gallery, Lugano
Tempo, Opera Gallery, Monaco
HARMONIES and DISCREPANCIES: Paths in the Italian art between the twentieth and the twenty-first century, Mucciaccia Gallery, Singapore
ITALIAN NEO-RENAISSANCE: Bonalumi Scheggi, Robilant + Voena, New York
New realities in the 20th and 21st Century, Opera Gallery, Central Hong Kong
Rigorismo, UNIX Gallery, New York, NY, United States
ZERO Italia, Stefan Hildebrandt Gallery, St. Moritz
Pittura Oggetto, curated by Natacha Carron, Almine Rech, London
CASTELLANI BONALUMI - Form and Structure, Stefan Hildebrandt Gallery, St. Moritz
From Picasso to the New Roman School, the never ending cult of beauty in contemporary art, Mucciaccia Gallery, Singapore
Cromofobie - Percorsi del Bianco e del Nero nell'Arte Italiana Contemporanea, Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Ex Aurum, Pescara, Italy


Barbara Mathes Gallery at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019, Barbara Mathes Gallery
Glenda Cinquegrana Art Consulting at Flashback 2019, Glenda Cinquegrana Art Consulting
Barbara Mathes Gallery at Frieze Masters 2019, Barbara Mathes Gallery
Alessandro Casciaro Art Gallery at viennacontemporary 2019, Alessandro Casciaro Art Gallery
Jerome Zodo Gallery at Masterpiece London 2019, Jerome Zodo Gallery
Galleria d'Arte Martinelli at Art New York 2019, Galleria d'Arte Martinelli
Opera Gallery at SP-Arte 2019, Opera Gallery
Eduardo Secci Contemporary at Art Miami 2018, Eduardo Secci Contemporary
Richard Taittinger Gallery at The Armory Show 2018, Richard Taittinger Gallery
Robilant + Voena at artgenève 2018, Robilant + Voena
Jerome Zodo Gallery at Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary 2018, Jerome Zodo Gallery
Mazzoleni at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2017, Mazzoleni
Barbara Mathes Gallery at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2017, Barbara Mathes Gallery
Absolute Art at Art Miami 2017, Galleria d'Arte Martinelli
Barbara Mathes Gallery at Frieze Masters 2017, Barbara Mathes Gallery
Mazzoleni at Masterpiece London 2017, Mazzoleni
Mazzoleni at TEFAF NY Spring 2017, Mazzoleni
Mazzoleni at miart 2017, Mazzoleni
Mazzoleni at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2017, Mazzoleni
Jerome Zodo Gallery at ZⓢONAMACO 2017, Jerome Zodo Gallery
Robilant + Voena at artgenève 2017, Robilant + Voena
Mazzoleni at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2016, Mazzoleni
Jerome Zodo Gallery at Art Miami 2016, Jerome Zodo Gallery
Mazzoleni at The Salon Art + Design 2016, Mazzoleni
Matteo Lampertico at miart 2016, Matteo Lampertico
Mazzoleni at miart 2016, Mazzoleni
Robilant + Voena at miart 2016, Robilant + Voena
Mazzoleni at Art Basel in Hong Kong 2016, Mazzoleni
Robilant + Voena at Arte Fiera 2016, Robilant + Voena
Lattuada Studio at MiArt 2015, Lattuada Studio
Robilant + Voena at MiArt 2015, Robilant + Voena
Robilant + Voena at TEFAF Maastricht 2015, Robilant + Voena
Robilant + Voena at The Salon: Art + Design, Robilant + Voena
Lattuada Studio at Artissima 2014, Lattuada Studio
Arte Centro at miart 2014, Arte Centro
Tornabuoni Art at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013, Tornabuoni Art
Robilant + Voena at Frieze Masters, Robilant + Voena

Agostino Bonalumi, Gillo Dorfles, Edizioni del Naviglio, Milan, 1973
Contemporary Art, from Cèzanne to the latest trends, Renato Barilli, Feltrinelli, Milan, 1984,
History of Painting from the 4th to the 20th century, curated by C.L. Ragghianti, Geographical Institute De Agostini, Novara, 1986,
Agostino Bonalumi, Vanni Scheiwillier - Italian Modern Art Necklace, Milan, 1995
History of contemporary art in Italy, Renato Barilli, Bollati Boringhieri, Turin, 2007
Postwar adventures in Italian art, Adachiara Zevi, Einaudi, 2005
All the Shapes of Space 1958–76. Francesca Pola, Milan: ROBILANT + VOENA with Skira, 2013.