Gianfranco Baruchello

- Selected Works
- Biography

Gianfranco Baruchello, born in Livorno in 1924, graduated in law in Rome and worked for 10 years for the Società Biomedica, an enterprise he created for the chemical-biological research and production. In 1959 he entirely dedicated himself to the  artistic production of the Altre Tracce (Other Traces) series (white canvases crossed by a tangle of black lines) and a set of assembled objects with recycled materials, approaching the New Realism.

From 1962 he painted large canvases, where he develops different images: white surfaces, crossed by a few traces, forms and signs (lines, words) treated with red lead color.

Fascinated by the French culture, his meeting with Sebastian Matta, Alain Jouffroy and Marcel Duchamp inspired him. In 1962 he takes part to the collective exhibition New Realists curated by Pierre Restany at Sidney Janis Gallery of New York. In the USA he gets in touch with the pop art and American abstract expressionism, but the contact with the international avant-garde does not affect particularly Baruchello’s artistic production, he is independent since the beginning. In 1963 he releases his first film Il grado zero del paesaggio and presents his solo exhibition at Galleria La Tartaruga in Rome displaying miniaturized images drawn on wide white surfaces, presenting signs, letters and drawings associated to a society marked by consumerism and TV. In 1964 he presents his first solo overseas exhibition at Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery in New York. In this period he begins working on his Plexiglas series: superposed Plexiglas boards, with bases of carton board or metal, containing small painted wooden objects. Beginning 1970’s he experiments with electronic image forming assembled-objects like showcases containing small objects and cut outs.

From 1973 he moves to the farmland out of Rome where he founds Agricola Cornelia S.p.A., a societal farm that begins cultivating the contiguous land, ruined by property speculation, giving to this activity an aesthetic, political, and artistic value. Beginning 1980’s this operation permits the production of a serie of artworks and books: Agricola Cornelia S.p.a. 1973-1981 and How to imagine written together with Henry Martin (1983). He also begins a series of artworks depicting the themes of home and living: model houses and plant rooms start to populate his drawings and objects. In 1977 he presents L’altra casa during a solo show at Studio G7 in Bologna, in 1978 he releases Sentito vivere and the year after Editions Galilée Paris publish L’altra casa – with preface by  J.F. Lyotard.

In 1985 starts the project of a space-garden through the realization of a large lawn, which binds an impressive work consisting in a series of paintings, whose theme is the reflection on the garden as a place to free thoughts and emotions. Four years after he publishes Bellissimo il giardino.

In 1990 he takes part to the collective exhibition Chiasmus at Bornholt London, together with Pistoletto, Paolini and Catalano. In 1992 he holds a solo exhibition in Aosta L’Altopiano dell’incerto and puts his hand to the space-forest recovery work between Veio and Sacrofano, then the subject of an entire exhibition Le long de la route étrusque in Paris, at Krief Gallery in 1996. In the same year, he made many videos and begins to reflect on the numeric-digital system the video image compared to painting; He writes Quaranta sere in TV (from which were selected forty films). In 1997 he inaugurated the new Studio-Atelier at Viterbo, with a projected exhibition on the theme of the study, the garden and the forest. In 1998 the Foundation Baruchello, based in the former home and studio archives Baruchello hills above Rome in Via di S. Cornelia, with the intent to carry out activities on contemporary art.

In 2003 he published Breve storia della mia pittura at the same time as he presents a solo show at Peccolo Gallery of Livorno, which follows Sulla necessità di fare arte oggi  (2004), as well as an incessant exhibition activities with and participated in group exhibitions in Italy and Europe. The artist’s works is part of the collections of many important museums and Cine-Video display cases around the world.

- Exhibitions
  • 2016

    Gianfranco Baruchello. New Works, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, N

  • 2015

    Artists' Film Club, Verifica Incerta (proiezione), ICA, London, UK
    Art/Trevi, ai Confini Dell'Immagine, Verifiche per il 2000 (proiezione), Cinema Trevi, Roma, I
    Gianfranco Baruchello. New Works, Massimo De Carlo, London, UK

  • 2014

    Certain Ideas. Retrospektive, ZMK, Karlsruhe, D
    Retrospective, Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, D
    Loss of Quality, Loss of Identity, Fondazione Volume, Roma, I
    Cold Cinema, a cura di Alessandro Rabottini, Triennale di Milano, Milano, I

  • 2012

    Gianfranco Baruchello, Galleria Milano, Milano, I
    Psicogim, Villa Romana, Firenze, I

  • 2011

    Da allora in poi Baruchello e Milano, Galleria Milano, Milano, I
    Certe Idee, Galleria Nazionale d‘Arte Moderna, GNAM, Roma, I
    Gianfranco Baruchello, Galleria Peccolo, Livorno, I

  • 2010

    Lieux Gianfranco Baruchello, Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels Galerie Greta Meert, B.

  • 2009

    La formule, Galerie Micheal Janssen, Berlino, D

  • 2008

    Vendita di Sogni e Altro, Galleria Milano, Milano, I

  • 2007

    Gianfranco Baruchello. Flussi,pieghe ,pensieri in bocca, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Roma, I

  • 2006

    Gianfranco Baruchello, Galerie Greta Meert, Brussels, B.

  • 2005

    Gianfranco Baruchello, Galerie Michael Hasenclever, München, D

  • 2004

    Verifica incerta, Fondazione Prada, Milano, I
    Storia segreta del cinema italiano, 61ma Biennale Cinema, Venezia, I

  • 2002

    Tu dici: il punto, la piega, Galleria Milano, Milano, I

  • 2001

    Al di là del rassicurante reale, MLAC - Museo Laboratorio d‘Arte Contemporaneo, Roma, I

  • 1998

    Gianfranco Baruchello, Galerie Michael Hasenclever, München, D
    Gianfranco Baruchello, Galerie Michael Hasenclever, München, D

  • 1997

    Mundus, Musero Laboratorio d’Arte Contemporanea, Roma, I
    Fuoricampo, Museo di Villa Mimbelli, Livorno, I

  • 1996

    Sette video del ’96, Galleria Masnata, Genova, I

  • 1993

    Luxe. Calme et Volupté, Galerie Krief, Paris, F

  • 1992

    L’Altopiano dell’Incerto, Tour Fromage, Aosta, I

  • 1987

    Bringer of plurablilities, Galleria Milano, Milano, I

  • 1983

    Il Grande Fiume, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara , I

  • 1982

    La Casa del Mantegna , Mantova
    Monogrammes, Galerie Le Dessin, Paris, F
    Gianfranco Baruchello, Museo Progressivo d’Arte Contemporanea, Livorno, I

  • 1981

    Agricola Cornelia, Galleria Milano, Milano, I

  • 1978

    L’altra casa, Galerie Michel Delorme, Paris, F

  • 1976

    Navigateur en solitarie, Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione Italia, Venezia, I

  • 1975

    Gianfranco Baruchello, Galleria Schwarz, Milano, I

  • 1973

    Gianfranco Baruchello, Galerie Der Spiegel, Köln, D
    Sur la contradiction, Galerie Craven, Parigi, F

  • 1971

    Gianfranco Baruchello, Galerie Buchholz, München, D

  • 1969

    Gianfranco Baruchello, Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf
, D
    Gianfranco Baruchello, Galerie Lauter, Mannheim, D

  • 1968

    More news in a moment, but first this message, Rome Gallery, Chicago, USA
    Supericonoscopio, Galleria Schwarz, Milano, I
    Artiflex, Galleria La Tartaruga, Roma , I

  • 1967

    Gianfranco Baruchello, Palais de Beaux Arts, Bruxelles, B.
    Limbeantipouvoir, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Parigi, F.

  • 1966

    Verifica incerta (proiezione), MOMA, New York, USA
    Verifica Incerta (proiezione), Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
    Gianfranco Baruchello. Recent works, Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery, New York, USA
    Ioiomiss, Galleria Schwarz, Milano, I.
    Baruchello, Galleria Il Punto, Torino, I

  • 1965

    Verifica incerta (proiezione), Post Paresien, Parigi, F
    Gianfranco Baruchello. Uso e manutenzione, Galleria Schwarz, Milano, I.
    Gianfranco Baruchello, Galleria 3, Pescara, I

  • 1964

    Gianfranco Baruchello, Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery, New York, USA

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