Valerio Adami

- Selected Works
- Biography

Valerio Adami (Bologna, 17 March 1935) is an italian painter associated with the Pop Art movement. Initially working in an Expressionistic style, he gradually developed a highly graphic aesthetic inspired by French Cloisonnism, a Post-Impressionist movement in which bold, flat forms of color are bordered by black lines. Adami’s distinctly stylized works bore a resemblance to commercial imagery that aligned him with other members of Pop Art.

He began studying painting at the age of 10 under Felice Carena. From 1951 until 1954 he studied at the Accademia di Brera in Milan. In 1955 he went to Paris, where he met and was influenced by Roberto Matta and Wifredo Lam and in 1959 he had his first solo exhibition in Milan. Among his other notable activities, in 1972 he produced the movie Vacances dans le desert with his brother, Giancarlo, and in 1975 was the subject of a seminal Jacques Derrida essay entitled “+R: Into the Bargain.” He has had several major retrospectives, including at the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1986 and at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in 2010.


- Exhibitions
  • 2018

    Ligne(s) de vie - Musée Jean Cocteau, Mentone

  • 2017

    Valerio Adami. Metafisiche e Metamorfosi - Galleria Muciaccia, Galleria Andrè, Roma

  • 2016

    Valerio Adami - Fondazione Marconi, Milan
    Valerio Adami - Wiener Secession, Vienna

  • 2015

    "valerio Adami À Cent Mètres Du Centre Du Monde" - à cent mètres du centre du monde / Centre d\'Art Contemporain, Perpignan

  • 2013

    Valerio Adami - MAR Museo d’Arte della città di Ravenna, Ravenna
    Adami - Galería Rosalía Sender, Valencia

  • 2012

    Valerio Adami - Galerie Haas AG, Zurich
    Les années 60 - Galerie Laurent Strouk, Paris
    Valerio Adami - Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
    Figure nel tempo - Galleria Tega, Milan
    Valerio Adami - Galeri Nev - Ankara, Ankara

  • 2011

    Valerio Adami - A Lucca - Claudio Poleschi Arte Contemporanea, Lucca, LU

  • 2010

    Valerio Adami - Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
    Dessins - Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris

  • 2009

    Valerio Adami Postlude, The Mayor Gallery, London

  • 2007

    Valerio Adami, Jusqu’ici, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris

  • 2006

    Adami d’après Adami, The Museum of Contemporary, Lisbon

  • 2005

    Galerie Marlbourough, Madrid

  • 2005

    Musée Nogueira da Silva, Braga, Portugal

  • 2004

    Valerio Adami, Frissiras Museum, Athens

    Valerio Adami: preludes et après-lude, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris

  • 2003

    Collective exhibition at Galerie Serge Laurent, Paris

    Valerio Adami, Morlbourough Gallery, New York

  • 2002

    Solo exhibitions at:

    Galerie Forsblom in Helsinki

    Galerie Malbourough in Monaco: translation of his book at the Editions Galilée in Paris under the title “Dessiner Exposition personelle de dessins”

    Galerie Marlbourough in New York

    Galerie Serge Laurent in Paris

  • 1998

    Retrospective at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • 1997

    Retrospective in Tel Aviv, Israel

  • 1996

    Institute of Design, Foundation Adami: texts by Daniel Arasse, Luciano Berio, Jaques Derrida, Jaques Dupin, Carlos Funentes, ect (éditions Skira, Milan)

    Jaques Dupin, Carlos Funentes, etc (édition Skira, Milan)

  • 1994

    Retrospective at Sienne, in the salles du Palazo Publico and the Magazzini del Sale

    Exhibition at Galerie Lelong in Paris

  • 1990

    Retrospective at the Centre Julio-Gonzalez de Valence in Spain; preface by Octavo Paz

  • 1989

    Paints Valmy, a monumental painting ordered for the bicentennial celebration of the French Revolution; as well as a large fresco dedicated to the french music, from Debussy to Messiaen, for the Théâtre du Châelet in Paris

  • 1986

    Paints two monumental pieces for the Gare d’Austerlitz in Paris

  • 1985

    Retrospective at the Centre Georges Pompidou in paris; text by Dore Ashton, G. F. Lyotard and Alfred Pacquement

  • 1983

    Valerio Adami Fuji Television, Tokio

  • 1975

    Designs a poster for Glas de Jacques Derrida

  • 1970

    Solo exhibition at l’ARC, Musée d’Art Moderne de ka Ville de Paris, and at the Galerie Adrien-Maeght where he will exhibit regularly. The catalogue is prefaced by Jacques Dupin

  • 1964

    Documenta III, Kassel, Germany

  • 1957

    First solo exhibition in Milan

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