Beginning from February 1st 2014, Tornabuoni Art presents an exhibition bringing together post-war Italian artists who showed interest in the sign, creating an evolution between the formal element, close to the motif, and the linguistic element, transforming it into an actual writing.

The assertion of abstract art in the Italian post-war artistic life is associated with a profound interest for language, semiology and poetry. At the end of the 1940’s in Rome, Carla Accardi (Gruppo Forma 1) centered her research on the automatic use of the sign. In parallel, Giuseppe Capogrossi revolutionized his painting with the systematic use of the «Elemento».

These experiments continue throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, with the foundation of different groups such as the Gruppo 70 (Lucia Marcucci, Giuseppe Chiari), born in Florence in 1963, whose aesthetic is built on the decompartmentilization of the artistic language: painting, music and litterature. The same year, in Palermo, was born the Gruppo 63 which brought together poets, writers, musicians, intellectuals and plasticians (Gastone Novelli, Mario Schifano and Giuseppe Chiari) around the idea of Total Art. At the end of the 1960’s, the key artists of Arte Povera also began to explore the sign and writing: from the embroideries of Alighiero Boetti to the works of Jannis Kounellis ; the letters invade the creations of Pino Pascali, Dadamaino, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Arnaldo Pomodoro and Michelangelo Pistoletto... Alongside these historic artists, the gallery will present artists from the contemporary scene such as Franco londa and Enrico Benetta.

Artists: Carla Accardi, Enrico Benetta, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Mario Ceroli, Giuseppe Chiari, Dadamaino, Franco Ionda, Jannis Kounelis, Piero Manzoni, Lucia Marcucci, Gastone Novelli, Pino Pascali, Michelangelo Pictoletto and Arnaldo Pomodoro.

Tornabuoni Art Gallery
16 avenue Matignon
Paris 75008 France
Ph. +33 01 53535151

Opening hours
Monday - Saturday
From 10.30am to 6.30pm

Related images

  1. Giuseppe Capogrossi, Superficie n° 25, 1952, oil on canvas, 74 x 217 cm, Courtesy Tornabuoni Art (detail)
  2. Mario Ceroli, La geometria, quale paesaggio pittoresco, 1974, wood, letters on wood, 200 x 160 x 10 cm, Courtesy Tornabuoni Art
  3. Alighiero Boetti, 21 ottobre 1968, 1968, industrial enamel on wood and cork, 82 x 82 x 3 cm, Courtesy Tornabuoni Art
  4. Carla Accardi, Verde grande, 1974, enamel on sicofoil, 146 x 200 cm, Courtesy Tornabuoni Art (detail)
  5. Pier Paolo Calzolari, Eroe, 1986, mixed technique on wood, 30 x 31 cm, Courtesy Tornabuoni Art
  6. Alighiero Boetti, Senza titolo, 1989