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Born in Florence in 1940, died in Rome in 1971. Within a “long” decade (1958-1971) the research of Paolo Scheggi went through different fields of knowledge and different disciplines, from visual arts to architecture to fashion, from poetry to urban and theatrical performances to arrive at a conceptual and metaphysics reflection. Characterized by a strong interdisciplinary approach, the route taken by Paolo Scheggi may be condensed in interpretation given by by Giovanni Maria Accame in 1976: from the exhibition of the project to project of the exhibition. 

In Milan since 1961, he holds a vibrant collaborative relationship with Germana Marucelli for whose redesign the spaces of her tailoring, that will be inaugurated with the parade of optical dresses in the spring of 1965; then comes into contact with new research in the Lombard capital, attending the group around Azimuth and the first exponents of arte programmata, while Lucio Fontana, since 1962, follows his research carefully. In 1964 Carlo Belloli ascribes him among the 44 protagonisti della visualità strutturata, in 1965 he’s ascribed by Dorfles among members of the Pittura Oggetto, in the same year he joined the movement nove tendencije, and holds international contacts, especially in northern European area, where he exhibited more occasions and participated in group exhibitions Zero and Nul.

Fundamental is also the architectural and environmental direction that his research undertaken since 1964, working and confronting with Nizzoli Associates (Mendini, Oliveri, Fronzoni), Bruno Munari (Sala Experimental Film, Milan Triennale in 1964) and resulting in the Intercamera plastica created by the end of the 1966 and presented in Milan at Galleria del Naviglio in January 1967. Since 1968 he opened his investigation towards theater and performing arts, addressing the overcoming of the traditional space of the stage and the gallery and extending it into the city (note his Marcia Funebre o della geometria for Campo Urbano in Como, in 1969, and the performance Oplà Stick held in Milan’s -Galleria del Naviglio, Firenze-Galleria Flori and city streets, Zagreb Student Center Gallery, for nove tendencije 4, 1969). 

During the last two years he is engaged in a conceptual research culminating in the Sette spazi recursivi autopunitivi (never realized), the seiprofetiperseigeometrie and the Ondosa environment, yet to be investigated in their complexity. He was present at the Venice Biennale in 1966, 1972, 1976, 1986, Scheggi exhibited in some of the major artistic events of the time, from Paris to Buenos Aires from New York to Hamburg, Dusseldorf to Zagreb.

SOLO SHOWS:

1961
Pre-established plastic itinerary. 18 monotypes from white and black, Galleria della Vigna Nuova, Florence
1962
Curved intersurfaces with reflex zones, Galleria Il Cancello, Bologna
1964
Seven white curved Intersurfaces + a red curved Intersurface + spatial composers, Galleria del Deposito, Genoa; Intersurfaces courbes + compositeurs spatiaux + projets d'intégration plastique, Galerie Smith, Brussels
1965
Paolo Scheggi / Curved intersurfaces, Galleria Il Chiodo, Palermo; "Paolo Scheggi", Galleria Il Cavallino, Venice; Problems on the circle-10 Intersuperfici white curves, Centro Arte Viva, Trieste; Oeuvres plastiques et appliquèes (Getulio Alviani, Marina Apollonio, Paolo Scheggi), Galerie Smith, Brussels
1966
Curved Intersurfaces, Ewan Phillips Gallery, London; New trend in Italy, Galleria del Naviglio, Milan
1967
Paolo Scheggi, Galleria del Naviglio, Milan
1968
Eight modular Intersurfaces + a plastic integration project, Galerie Kuckeh, Bochum
1969
Curved intersurfaces, Modern Art Agency, Naples; Oplà-stick, Passion according to Paolo Scheggi, Galleria del Naviglio, Milan; Oplà-action-reading-theater + Modular intersurfaces, Galleria Flori and streets, Florence
1971
Six prophets for six geometries, Galleria del Naviglio, Milan
1973
Staff, Studio 2B, Bergamo
1974
Paolo Scheggi, Galleria Il Centro, Naples; Paolo Scheggi, Galleria del Naviglio, Milan
1976
Paolo Scheggi, Gallery of Modern Art, Bologna
1983
Paolo Scheggi, Hall of Arms of Palazzo Vecchio, Florence
1990
Paolo Scheggi, Galleria Elleni, Bergamo; Tribute to Paolo Scheggi, Galleria del Naviglio, Milan
2002
Paolo scheggi - the short and intense season, Niccoli Art Gallery, Parma
2007
Paolo Scheggi - the depth of the surface, Colossi Contemporary Art, Brescia
2007
Intercamera Plastica, MIART, Milan, Niccoli Art Gallery stand, Parma
2008
Paolo Scheggi, Galleria il Ponte, Florence - Galleria Tornabuoni, Florence
2010
Paolo Scheggi, Niccoli Art Gallery, Parma
2011
Paolo Scheggi's personal room, ArteFiera, Bologna, Niccoli Art Gallery stand, Parma
Agostino Bonalumi, Paolo Scheggi. An exhibition, Galleria Vinciana, Milan
Space Elements. Bonalumi, Castellani, Dadamaino, Scheggi, Galleria Tega, Milan - in collaboration with Niccoli Art Gallery, Parma
2012
Reflex Zones. The life and works of Paolo Scheggi in the photography of Ada Ardessi, Palazzo Broggi-Sotheby's, Milan
2013
Postwar. Italian protagonists (Paolo Scheggi, personal room), Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice
Reflex zones. The life and works of Paolo Scheggi in the photography of Ada Ardessi, Sotheby's, Palazzo Broggi, Milan
Paolo Scheggi. Plastic camera and other stories, Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art, Prato
Paolo Scheggi. Selected works from European Collections, Ronchini Gallery, London - in collaboration with Niccoli Art Gallery, Parma

The space of the image, Venice, Alfieri art editions, 1967.
Achille Bonito Oliva (edited by), Amore mio: Montepulciano, Palazzo Ricci, 30 June-30 September 1970, Florence, 1970.
Franca Scheggi; Deanna Farneti (edited by), Paolo Scheggi: 6 October - 10 November 1976, Bologna, Municipality of Bologna, Gallery of modern art, 1976.
Paolo Scheggi: Florence, Palazzo Vecchio coat of arms, 28 May-26 June 1983, Florence, Vallecchi, 1983.
Carlo Pirovano (edited by), Scheggi, Paolo, in Painting in Italy: Il Novecento / 2: 1945-1990, vol. 2, Milan, Electa, 1993.
Scheggi. Paolo Scheggi's short and intense season: 23 November 2002 - 22 February 2003 / texts by Luca Massimo Barbero and Gillo Dorfles, Parma, Niccoli Art Gallery, 2002-2003.
Bruno Corà (edited by), Paolo Scheggi: 6 October 2007 - 19 January 2008, Florence, Editions Galleria Il Ponte, 2007-2008.
Giuseppe Niccoli; Franca Scheggi (edited by), Paolo Scheggi: 20 November 2010 - 26 February 2011, Parma, Niccoli Art Gallery, 2010.
Flaminio Gualdoni (edited by), Agostino Bonalumi, Paolo Scheggi. An exhibition: March 15 - May 12, 2011, Milan, Galleria Vinciana, 2011.
Elena Forin (edited by), Spatial elements: Bonalumi, Castellani, Dadamaino, Scheggi: 16 May - 23 July 2011, Galleria Tega, Milan, Silvana, 2011.
Stefano Pezzato (edited by), Paolo Scheggi. Plastic camera and other stories: 23 March - 30 June 2013, Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art, Prato, 2013.

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