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Giuseppe Spagnulo

1936 - 2015 Taranto, Italy

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  • About the Artist
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Giuseppe Spagnulo was born in Grottaglie (Taranto), one of the historical centers of ceramics, in 1936. His first training took place in his father's ceramic workshop, where he also mastered the lathe technique. After completing his first studies at the School of Art in his city, he moved to the Institute of Ceramics in Faenza, where he was a student of Angelo Biancini from 1952 to 1958. The years of Faenza are important for the training of the artist. In fact, in the Museum of Ceramics he could study and interpret the works donated by Ricasso at the beginning of the fifties and here he carried out his first experiments with stoneware. At the school, a great melting pot of international meetings, he had the opportunity to meet the French ceramist Albert Diato, who succeeded in awakening in young Italians the interest for "high temperature" materials; he became friends with Carlo Zauli and Nanni Valentini, with whom he shared the material interest for the earth and established a strong poetic affinity. In 1959 he moved to Milan to attend the Brera Academy. He became assistant in the studies of Lucio Fontana and Arnaldo Pomodoro. The journey northwards acquires an almost initiatory character for the young man from Puglia; it is the beginning of the "outward" path towards the search for his own artistic, political and human identity. The first years in Lombardy were marked by a sort of artistic reconnaissance of the territory in order to verify the resistance of the wake left by Spatialism, by the Nucleari, by the so-called "informal warmth". As soon as he arrived in Milan Spagnulo also came into contact with Tancredi and Piero Manzoni. Through Fontana and Manzoni, the young sculptor is informed about the experiences of informal ceramics in Albisola, at the time a cultural offshoot of the northern capital. The small stoneware sculptures exhibited in the first solo exhibition in 1965 date back to the early days in Milan. Spagnulo joined the 1968 protest, symbolized in the first metal works, to be installed in the urban environment. These "large irons" recover the geometry and constructive logic of the material with which they are forged, and introduce the artist's reflections on the physicality and materiality of the sculptor's work. Spagnulo works in steelworks, blast furnaces and workshops, forging his sculptures together with the workers. In the Seventies, Spagnulo's work appears strongly marked by conceptual aspects that highlight his interest in the ideological and performative processes of art. The Archaeology and Landscapes cycles, created for the 1977 exhibition at the Newport Harbor Art Museum, date back to these years. The artist is interested in the theme of horizontal sculpture, whose floor development recalls in some ways the experiences of American minimalism. In 1982, after a physical and metaphorical journey through the Mediterranean, the sculptor reactivated his interest in ceramic materials and techniques, building the gigantic lathe in which he fashioned the imposing Turris, later forged in iron. At the end of the 1980s, the artist returned to the theme of broken iron, and in the 1990s he tried to give a new meaning to sculpture, defying the gravity of the material through the suspension of enormous blocks of iron: the most significant example is Campo sospeso, installed in Castel Burio in Piedmont. At the beginning of the nineties he was given the chair of sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart, following the great success of his work in German galleries and museums.
Spagnulo's work was confirmed by critics at the beginning of 2000 with the Faenza Lifetime Achievement Award and the Prize at the International Street Furniture Competition in Milan: a large sculpture by Spagnulo, Scogliogli, made up of five enormous steel blocks, was placed in front of the Teatro degli Arcimboldi at the beginning of 2002, in conjunction with the opening of this important new space, which hosted the activities of the Teatro alla Scala until 2004. In 2005 Spagnulo exhibited at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice with the exhibition E se venesse un colpo di vento? Of the following year is the Homage to Giuseppe Spagnulo during the XXIV Gubbio Biennale. In 2007 he won the competition for the Monument to the Fallen of Nassiriya with a large sculpture called La Foresta d'Acciaio to be placed in Rome. In 2009 he created the Door of Light a solemn and grandiose work for the Cathedral of Santo Stefano in Prato. In 2010 he exhibited in the Galerie Cazaniga in Basile and the Gallery 2000&Novecento in Reggio Emilia and he had a personal exhibition at the Castello Episcopoio and the "Giardino d'Atri" in Grottaglie. In 2011 Studio Maffei in Milan presents a selection of sculptures and papers: in October at Palazzo Petrolio in Cittadella opens the solo exhibition Terra e fuoco (Earth and Fire) and in November, at Galleria Giraldi in Livorno, L'ombra di Napoli.
In 2012 he exhibited in the group show curated by Francesco Bonami at Palazzo Reale, Milan, Addio anni '70. Arte a Milano 1969-1980 and a solo show at the Walter Storms Gallery in Munich.
In 2013 an important biography is published for the editions Gli Ori, curated by Bruno Corà.
Spagnulo died in Milan on June 15, 2016.

Main solo exhibitions:

1965
• Salone Annunciata, Milano (I)
1968
• Salone Annunciata, Milano (I)
1969
• Galleria Gian Ferrari, Verona (I)
• Galleria Martano Due, Torino (I)
1970
• Sala della Cultura, Modena (I)
1971
• XXX Festival Internazionale del Teatro di Prosa, Venezia (I)
• Salone Annunciata, Milano (I)
• Studio Marconi, Milano (I)
1972
• XXXVI Biennale Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte Visiva, Venezia (I)
• Salone Annunciata, Milano (I)
1973
• Nuova Arte Moderna, Prato (I)
1974
• Galleria di Porta Ticinese, Milano (I)
• Galerie Huber, Zürich (CH)
• Galerie M, Bochum (D)
1975
• Salone Annunciata, Milano (I)
• Galleria Schwarz, Milano (I)
1976
• Galerie M, Bochum (D)
• Galleria 72, Bergamo (I)
• Salone Annunciata, Milano (con Marco Gastini) (I)
• Galerie M, Den Haag (NL)
1977
• Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Torino (I)
• Newport Arbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, California (U.S.A.)
• Salone Annunciata, Milano (I)
• Galerie Walter Storms, München (D)
1978
• Kunsthalle, Bielefeld (D)
• Galerie Mueller-Roth, Stuttgard (D)
• Studio Carlo Grossetti, Milano (I)
• Galerie Walter Storms, München (D)
1979
• Galleria E Tre, Roma (I)
• Galerie Appel und Fertsch, Karmeliterkloster, Frankfurt A. M. (D)
1980
• Galerie Vera Munro, Hamburg (D)
• Studio Carlo Grossetti, Milano (I)
• Galerie Walter Storms, Vilingen (D)
1981
• Neue Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museum, Berlin (D)
• Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin (D)
• Kunstverein, Braunschweig (D)
• Studio G 7, Bologna (I)
• Galleria Il Centro, Napoli (I)
1982
• Städtische Galerie, Lenbachhaus, München (D)
• Galleria Pero, Milano (I)
1983
• Studio Carlo Grossetti, Milano (I)
• Galerie Susanna Kulli, St. Gallen (CH)
• Salone Villa Romana, Firenze (I)
1984
• Galleria Civica, Modena (I)
1985
• Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg (D)
• Kunstverein, Hamburg (D)
• Lunds Konsthall, Lund (S)
• Galleria Martano, Torino (I)
• Piero Cavallini, Milano (I)
1986
• XLII Biennale Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte Visiva, Venezia (I)
• Galerie Susanna Kulli, St. Gallen (CH)
• Galerie Walter Storms, München (D)
• Galerie Hans Barlach, Köln (D)
1987
• Galerie Hans Barlach, Hamburg (D)
• Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm (S)
• Studio Carlo Grossetti, Milano (I)
1988
• Galerie Hans Barlach, Köln (D)
• Studio G 7, Bologna (I)
• Galleria Oddi Baglioni, Roma (I)
1989
• Galleria Martano, Torino (I)
• Forum Kunst, Rottweil (D)
• Galleria Oddi Baglioni, Roma (I)
1990
• Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris (F)
• Sangmoondang Gallery, Seoul (South Corea)
• Galleria Gentili, Firenze (I)
1991
• Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (D)
• Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund (D)
• Galerie Müller-Roth, Stuttgart (D)
1992
• Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund (D)
• Galerie Walter Storms, München (D)
• Galerie Hans Barlach, Köln (D)
• Galerie Brandstetter & Wyss, Zürich (CH)
• 1993 Galleria Fioretto, Padova (I)
• Galleria Erha, Milano (I)
• Galerie Hans Barlach, Hamburg (D)
1994
• Kunsthaus, Zürich (CH)
1996
• Galerie Walter Storms, München (D)
1997
• Palazzo Reale, Milano (I)
1998
• Galerie Walter Storms, München (D)
1999
• Galerie Walter Storms, München (D)
2001
• Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Borgo medievale di Brisighella – Faenza (I)
• Circolo degli Artisti, Faenza (I)
2002
• Galerie Hoss Wollmann, Stuttgart (D)
• Borgo medievale Castelbasso, Teramo (I)
2003
• Civica Galleria d’Arte Modena, Gallarate (I)
• Galerie Walter Storms, München (D)
• Galleria Barbara Behan, London (UK)
• Galleria Anna D'Ascanio, Roma (I)
2004
• Galerie Hoss Wollmann, Stuttgart (D)
2005
• E se venisse un colpo di vento?, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venezia / Galerie “m”, Bochum / Gastini, Spagnulo, Zorio, Galleria W. Storms, München
2006
• Image, Spagnulo e Manfredini, Furini arte contemporanea, Pietrasanta / Giuseppe Spagnulo, Furini arte contemporanea, Arezzo / Giuseppe Spagnulo - Carte e Sculture, Galleria Extra Moenia, Todi / Giuseppe Spagnulo, La Poiesis del frammento, e Antonella Zazzera L’impalpabile leggerezza dell’essere, Galleria d’arte G+G, Pesaro / Giuseppe Spagnulo, Der Vulkan, KRO Art Gallery, Vienna / Giuseppe Spagnulo, Cantico, Galleria il Ponte, Firenze / XXIV Biennale di Gubbio, Museo della scultura contemporanea, Omaggio a Giuseppe Spagnulo, Gubbio
2007
• Giuseppe Spagnulo, Galleria Brera Uno, Corbetta (Mi)
2008
• Giuseppe Spagnulo, Galleria Antonella Cattani, BZ
• Inaugurazione dell' opera “La foresta d'acciaio”, monumento ai caduti di Nassiriya, Parco Schuster, Roma / Giuseppe Spagnulo, Galleria Progettoarte-elm, Milano “Carte e sculture”, a cura di Silvia Pegoraro
2009
• Collocazione della “Porta della luce”, monumento sepolcrale dei Vescovi di Prato, nel Duomo di Prato
2010
• Galerie Carzaniga, Basilea Giuseppe Spagnulo, Castello Episcopio, Giardino “Giacomo d'Atri”, Grottaglie (TA)
2011
• Io Studio Maffei, Milano
• Cittadella, Palazzo Pretorio “Giuseppe Spagnulo - Terra e Fuoco”
• Galleria Giraldi, Livorno, “L’ombra di Napoli”
2012
• Ritratto della mia diletta, Bottega di Cecè Casile, Milano
• Galerie Walter Storm, Monaco di Baviera
2014
• Giuseppe Spagnulo ferro e carta, Galleria Consadori, Milano
• Spagnulo, la scultura oltre la forma, Galleria Comunale di Arte Contemporanea Arezzo
• Giuseppe Spagnulo, Terracotta. Opere 2012-2014, Galleria dello Scudo Verona
• Canzone di fuoco, Museo di Arte Conteporanea Cassino
2015
• Giuseppe Spagnulo, Galleria Vannucci Pistoia
2017
• Giuseppe Spagnulo, Solchi e lacerazioni, Heart Pulsazioni Culturali, Vimercate
2018
• Spagnulo, ArteA Gallery, Milano

Main collective exhibitions:
1966
• Scuola Grande di San Teodoro, Venezia (I)
1967
• Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milano (I)
1968
• Galleria Pozzi, Novara (I)
1971
• Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund (D)
1972
• Palazzo Reale, Milano (I)
• Palazzo di Re Enzo, Bologna (I)
1973
• X Quadriennale d’Arte Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma (I)
• XII Biennale Middelheim, Antwerpen (B)
• Volterra ‘73, Volterra (I)
1975
• Museo della Città – Musei Comunali, Rimini (I)
• Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona (I)
• Galerie Alberstraße, Graz (A)
1975
• Salone Annunciata, Milano (I)
• Galleria Schwarz, Milano (I)
1976
• Palazzo della Ragione, Bergamo (I)
• Studio Marconi, Milano (I)
1977
• Westfälischer Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster (D)
• Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL)
• Documenta 6, Kassel (D)
1978
• Kunsthaus, Zürich (CH)
• Städelscher Kunstinstitute und Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt A. M. (D)
• Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster (D)
1979
• Rotonda di via Besana, Milano (I)
• Loggeta Lombardesca, Ravenna (I)
1980
• Wenkenpark, Riehen, Basel (CH)
• Westfälischer Landesmuseum für
    Kunst und Kulturgeschichte,
    Münster (D)
• Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (D)
1981
• Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (D)
• Staatliche Kunsthalle, Berlin (D)
• Museum Bochum (D)
• Galerie Nordenhake, Malmö (S)
• Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt A. M. (D)
• Alte Oper, Frankfurt A. M. (D)
1982
• Pawer Gallery, Sydney (AUS)
• University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane (AUS)
• Hayward Gallery, London (GB)
• Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milano (I)
• Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, Wien (A)
• Künstlerwerkstätte, München (D)
1983
• XVII Biennale Middelheim, Antwerpen (B)
• Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna, Bologna (I)
• Casa del Mantenga, Mantova (I)
• Studio G 7, Bologna (I)
• Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Ancona (I)
1984
• Städtiche Galerie im Lenbachhaus, München Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf (D)
1985
• Westfälischer Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster (D)
• Schloß Morsbroich – Städtisches Museum, Leverkusen (D)
1986
• XI Quadriennale d’Arte, Roma (I)
• Kunsthalle, Bremen (D)
1987
• Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag (NL)
1988
• Pinacoteca Comunale, Ravenna (I)
1989
• Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna (I)
1990
• Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (D)
• Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart (D)
• XLIV Biennale Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte Visiva, Venezia (I)
• Palazzo della Permanente, Milano (I)
• Museo Marino Marini, Firenze (I)
• Staatlichr Kunsthalle, Mannheim (D)
• Tramway, Glasgow (GB)
1991
• Budapest (H)
• Centro Mascarella, Bologna (I)
1993
• Fondazione Aldo Furlan, Spilenbergo – Pordenone (I)
1994
• Artefiera, Bologna (I)
• Kunstmesse, Köln (D)
1995
• XLVI Biennale Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte Visiva, Venezia (I)
• Galleria del Credito Valtellinese, Milano (I)
• Fortezza Firmafede, Sarzana – La Spezia (I)
1996
• Galerie Hans Barlach, Hamburg (D)
• Studio Carlo Grossetti, Milano (I)
• Arsenale Austriaco, Verona (I)
• Villa Nazionale Pisani, Stra- Vicenza (I)
1997
• Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi, Milano
• Skulpturenpark, Köln (D)
1999
• Dominikanermuseum, Rottweil (D)
2001
• Rathausgalerie, München (D)
2002
• Museo Civico Archeologico e Siti Urbani, Teramo (I)
2003
• Materica, Galleria Otto, Bologna (I)
2004
• Fiera di Bologna / Perché non potevo dimenticare le rose, Comune di Marradi / All’ombra di Bramante, Hotel Bramante, Todi / Cinque nuove sculture per il Giardino delle Sculture Nasher, Collezione Peggy Guggenheim, Venezia
2005
• Fiera di Bologna / Arthemisia, Vicenza/ Da Martini a Mitoray. La scultura moderna in Italia 1950-2000, Basilica Palladiana, Vicenza/ La scultura italiana del xx sec., Fondazione A. Pomodoro, Milano / Scultura italiana 1960-2004, Fondazione Mudima, Milano
2006
• In occasione delle olimpiadi a Torino, mostra di scultura al castello di Stupinigi (To) / Fiera Bologna / Carrino, Paradiso, Spagnulo, Trotta, Parco scultura La Palomba, Matera / La contemporaneità dell’arte, 12° Biennale internazionale di Carrara / Fiera di Colonia
2007
• Fiera Bologna / Fiera Milano / 15X15-15 Gallerie, 15 artisti, Forte di Belvedere, Firenze
2008
• Fiera Bologna / Fiera Milano “A ferro e fuoco”, Galleria d’arte Carlina, Torino
2010
• Galleria Carzaniga, Basilea
2011
• Collisioni, Galleria 2000&Novecento, Reggio Emilia
2012
• Addio anni 70, Arte a Milano 1969-1980, Palazzo Reale, Milano
2014
• Mach Wahn. Vision. Der Turm und urbane Giganten in der Skulptur, Städtische Museen Heilbronn e Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck
1957-2010
• 1957-2010: un percorso nella storia della Biennale di scultura di Carrara, Centro di Arti Plastiche, Palazzo Cybo Malaspina, Carrara
• Esposizione e forme del ‘900, selezioni tematiche della Collezione Pieraccini, Galleria Moderna e contemporanea Lorenzo Viani, Palazzo delle Muse, Viareggio
• Materie, Spazio Heart, Vimercate
• Nati nel ‘30. Milano e la generazione di Piero Manzoni, Società per le Belle Arti e Esposizione Permanente, Milano
2009-2014
• Walter Storms Gallerie, Monaco di Baviera
2015
• Elementi. Fuoco, Spazio espositivo auditorium, Sulbiate
• Vola alta parola. I libri d’artista delle edizioni Colophon, Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna di Ca’ Pesaro, Venezia

Works by Giuseppe Spagnulo

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1960

146 x 123 x 110 cm

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1990

24 x 35 x 13 cm

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1990

26 x 26 x 26 cm

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1990

16 x 18 x 14 cm

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1990

17 x 17 x 4 cm

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