Pier Paolo Calzolari

- Selected Works
- Biography

Born in Bologna 1943, Pier Paolo Calzolari was originally associated with “Arte Povera” and included in the seminal 1960’s exhibitions curated by Germano Celant. The artist’s youth was spent in Venice where he was influenced by the city’s particular light and its reflection on the marble of the buildings. These observations lead him to working with one of his most unique and defining materials in the form of frost to illustrate the perfect white, as it only can exist in nature. His other materials are also elemental and frequently organic: fire, salt, lead, tobacco, moss, burnt wood, oyster shells, tobacco leaves, felt neon, and on occasion butter. While Calzolari may be classified as an installation artist, his practice also includes painting, sculpture and performance. He created “happenings” as early as 1966, drawing viewers into his artwork as performers in what he termed “an activation of space.” Over the subsequent decades Calzolari has continued to experiment, exploring his ongoing interest in light, matter, and time within these media. The artist currently lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal.

- Exhibitions
  • 2019

    Pier Paolo Calzolari. Muitos estudos para uma casa de limão - Repetto Gallery, London.

  • 2018

    Pier Paolo Calzolari - White Cube Mason's Yard, London

  • 2017

    Pier Paolo Calzolari: And I Say - Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York.

  • 2016

    Pier Paolo Calzolari della collezione Studio la Città - Studio La Città, Verona
    Pier Paolo Calzolari - Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris

  • 2015

    Pier Paolo Calzolari - Drawings, projects and works on paper - Ronchini Gallery, London

  • 2014

    Pier Paolo Calzolari: Comodini - Boesky East, New York City, NY

  • 2013

    Paris, Galerie Kamel Mennour, Another, September 14 - October 26, 2013
    Milan, Galleria Repetto, Pier Paolo Calzolari: Sur l’aile du tourbillon intelligent, April 19 – May 25, 2013, travelling to Acqui Terme, Italy, Galleria Repetto, June 8 – July 20, 2013

  • 2012

    New York, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Abstract in Your Home, 118 East 64th Street location, November 10, 2012 - January 12, 2013
    New York, Marianne Boesky Gallery in collaboration with Pace Gallery, When a dreamer dies what happens to the dream, April 28 – June 2, 2012

  • 2011

    Athens, Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Pier Paolo Calzolari, October 6 – November 17, 2011
    Venice, Ca’ Pesaro, Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna, June 4 – October 30, 2011
    Bologna, Galleria de' Foscherari, Che ne è del sogno, Januray 22 – February 27, 2011, travels to
    Bologna, Museo Morandi, January 22 – February 13, 2011
    Bologna, MAMbo, January 22 – March 27, 2011

  • 2007-08

    Nature Morte, Galleria Il Ponte Contemporanea, Roma

  • 2006

    Christian Stein, Milano Galleria Cardi & Co., Milano

  • 2003

    Museo di Arte Contemporanea, Nizza
    Quadreria Cesarini, Fossombrone

  • 2002

    Studio la Città, Verona

  • 2001

    Galerie Giorgio Persano, Torino
    Kleine Musik, Galerie Catherine Issert, Saint-Paul-de-Vence
    Galerie de France, Paris

  • 1999

    Galleria d'arte moderna, Villa delle Rose, Bologna
    Au clair de la lune, Centre d'art, Crestet

  • 1988

    Là, où les êtres et les choses se font miroir, la Criée, Rennes; Centre d'art contemporain, Domain de Kerguéhennec, Bignan

  • 1994

    Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris
    Pier Paolo Calzolari, Helmut Newton, Castello di Rivoli
    FAE Musée d'art contemporain, Pully-Lausanne Lieu, persone, temps, chacun influe sur l'autre, Domain de Kerguéhennec, Bignan

  • 1982

    Galerie Catherine Issert, Saint-paul-de-Vence

  • 1991

    Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris
    Studio Bocchi, Roma
    Galleria Giorgio Persano, Torino
    Galleria Gentili-Arte Contemporanea, Firenze

  • 1990

    Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Köln
    Galleria Rossana Ferri, Modena

  • 1989

    Associazione Culturale per le Arti Visive, Pesaro
    Galerie Micheline Szwajeer, Antwerpen
    Galleria Giorgio Persano, Milano
    Galerie Jean Bernier, Athens

  • 1988

    Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
    Galleria Giorgio Persano, Torino

  • 1986

    Galleria Civica, Modena
    Galleria Giorgio Persano, Torino

  • 1984

    Galerie de France, Paris
    Galerie Jean Bernier, Athens
    Galerie Peter Pakesch, Wien

  • 1983

    Galleria Luigi De Ambrogi, Milano

  • 1982

    Galerie Knoedler, Zürich

  • 1981

    Galerie Ursula Schurr, Stuttgart
    Galleria Emilio Mazzoli, Modena
    Galerie Jean Bernier, Athens
    Galerie de Paris, Paris

  • 1980

    Galleria LP 220, Torino
    Galleria Giuliana De Crescenzo, Roma
    Galleria del Capricorno, Venezia
    Galerie Issert, Saint-Paul-de-Vence

  • 1979

    Galleria Emilio Mazzoli, Modena
    Galleria Tucci-Russo, Torino
    InK, Halle für Internationale neue Kunst, Zürich

  • 1978

    Galleria Ferruccio Fata, Bologna
    Galleria Gianenzo Sperone, Roma
    Galleria Salvatore Ala, Milano
    Galerie Jean & Karen Bernier, Athens

  • 1977

    Galleria Tucci-Russo, Torino
    Museo Diego Aragona Pignatelli Cortez, Napol

  • 1976

    Galleria Franco Toselli, Milano
    Villa Delma di Saiano, Brescia
    Strumenti, Brescia
    Galleria Forma, Genova
    Galleria De Ambrogi-Cavellini, Milano

  • 1975

    Galleria Lucrezia de Domizio, Pescara
    Galleria Marinucci-Russo, Torino
    Studio Paola Betti, Milano
    Galleria Multipli, Torino
    Studioerre, Cuneo

  • 1974

    Galleria Franco Toselli, Milano
    Galerie Baecker, Bocum

  • 1973

    Galerie Folker Skulima, Berlin
    Festival d'Automne, Musée Galliéra, Paris

  • 1982

    Modern Art Agency (Galleria Lucio Amelio), Napoli

  • 1971

    Galerie Sonnabend, Paris
    Sonnabend Gallery, New York

  • 1970

    Galeria Gianenzo Sperone, Torino
    Galerie Sonnabend, Paris

  • 1969

    Galeria Gianenzo Sperone, Torino

  • 1968

    Studio Bentivoglio, Bologna

  • 1967

    Studio Bentivoglio, Bologna

  • 1965

    Studio Bentivoglio, Bologna

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