Emilio Isgrò

Emilio Isgrò, Il dubbio, 2008Emilio Isgrò, Il dubbio, 2008

Born on 1937 at Barcellona di Pozzo, Sicily, Emilio Isgrò lives and works in Milan. Conceptual artist and painter, but also poet, writer, dramaturge and director, Emilio isgrò is considered one of the most internationally renewed and prestigious names of the Italian art scene. His work can be considered among the most revolutionary and original within the so called Vanguardias of the 60s. The artist is the undisputed author of the “Cancellation (erasure technique)” – the act of striking out the words of a printed book – something he began to explore in the early 1960s; Emilio Isgrò has made the “cancellation” his poetic, although erasing is not to be considered as a metaphor in his practice, but as an actual action. He works on texts of real covers, transforming and renewing the meaning, without annihilating or destroying the value of the word or the image. As a pioneer of the “erasure” of texts, encyclopedias, manuscripts, books, maps and even movie films, Emilio Isgrò has made his technique the essence of his research. He looks towards a sort of reverse reading and re-­interpretation of the language which, through various manipulations, goes from being verbal to being visual. As the artist says: ”Erasures is not a simple negation, but instead it is the statement of new meanings: it is the transformation of a negative sign into a positive gesture”. The Artist was invited to participate to the Venice Biennal in 1972, 1978, 1986 and 1993. In 1977 he was awarded first place at the Biennial of Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 1979, at the Rotonda Besana in Milan, he presented Chopin, an installation for 15 pianos.
Emilio Isgrò artworks has been exhibited in several Institutions across the Globe such as Hayward Gallery in London, Centre Pompidou, Villa Empain/Boghossian Foundation, MOMA New York, (…) and is now part of prestigious of many private and public collections, such as Biblioteca Comunale di Milano, IT; Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, IT; Civica Raccolta Stampe Bertarelli, Castello Sforzesco, Milan, IT; Collezione Luciano Benetton, IT; Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, IT; Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan, IT; Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea GAM, Turin, IT; Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, GNAM, Rome, IT; Gallerie d’Italia, Piazza Scala Cantiere del ‘900 Intesa San Paolo, Milan; Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, IT; Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina – MADRE, Naples, IT; Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, MAMBO, Bologna, IT; Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, MART, Trento, IT; Museo del Novecento, Milan, IT; Politecnico di Milano (architecture dept.), Milan, IT; Bocconi University, Milan, IT; Pinacoteca Comunale e Ente Mostra di Pittura Città di Marsala, Marsala (Trapani), Museo Novecento, Firenze, IT, Italian Institute of Culture and Art in Tokyo; Museaux Royaux de Beaux-­Arts de Belgique, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e contemporanea GNAM, Roma; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, to mention a few.

Recent solo show:
Isgrò. (Anthology exhibition), curated by Marco Bazzini in 3 locations: Palazzo Reale/Gallerie d’Italia/Casa del Manzoni, Milan, IT
Ritratti incancellabili inside the project Maledetti Toscani, Benedetti Italiani, curated by Stefano Pezzato, Palazzo Pretorio Museum, Prato, IT
Emilio Isgrò. Modello Italia 2013-­1964 anthology exhibition, curated by Angela Andreina Rorro, National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome, IT
Emilio Isgrò, L’Ora Italiana, Cantiere del ‘900, Gallerie d’Italia, Intesa San Paolo, Palazzo Reale, Milan, IT
Disobbedisco, Sbarco a Marsala e altre Sicilie, Carmine Monastery, Marsala (Trapani), IT
Varv vey ok, curated by Marco Bazzini, Taksim Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul, TR
La Costituzione cancellata, curated by Marco Bazzini, Boxart, Verona, IT
Fratelli d’Italia, curated by Marco Meneguzzo, Credito Valtellinese Bank Group Gallery, Milan, IT
Credito Siciliano Bank Gallery, Acireale (Catania), IT
Dichiaro di essere Emilio Isgrò, curated by Marco Bazzini e Achille Bonito Oliva, Luigi Pecci Contemporary Art Center, Prato, IT
Emilio Isgrò -­ La preghiera ecumenica per la salvezza dell’arte e della cultura, curated by A. Bonito Oliva, GNAM – ­National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Rome, IT

Recent group shows:
Buried Alphabets. a 50-­year long itinerary – duo show with Anselm Kiefer, from Florence to Florence, Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, IT
Fly High Word. The Colophon Edition Books, Ca’ Pesaro Modern Art International Art Gallery, Venice, IT
The Nice Books Aldo Manuzio, Carpi and the Xilography, Palazzo dei Pio Museums, Carpi, IT
Teatri Di Terra, Pigorini Palace, Parma, IT
1965-­2015 50 Years of Marconi Studio and Foundation, Marconi Foundation, Milan, IT
Milan Art Galleries for The Sculpture and Painting Practice, Triennale Museum, Milan, IT
Born in the 30s’ – Milan and Piero Manzoni Generation, Palazzo della Permanente, Milan, IT
Résonance(s), works from Maramotti family collection
Contemporary Art At Carovana Palace, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Pisa, IT
Imago Mundi, a cura di Luca Beatrice, Carlo Bilotti -­ Aranciera Villa Borghese Museum, IT
L’Orlando Furioso, l’Arte contemporanea legge l’Ariosto, Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia, IT
Trame Mediterranee, Palazzo Reale, Palermo, IT
Fuoco Nero (Black Fire), Salone delle Scuderie in Pilotta, Parma, IT
La Magnifica Ossessione, Mart, Rovereto, IT
Il Senso e le Forme da Chadwick a Bonalumi, Galleria Blu, Milan, IT
Bookhouse La forma del libro, MARCA Museo delle Arti, Catanzaro, IT
Parole, parole, parole…, Prato, Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, IT
Wunderkammer. Art, Nature, Wonder yestrday and today, Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan, IT
La Lettura Cento, curated by Gianluigi Colin, Museo della Triennale, Milan, IT
Le Scatole Viventi, Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli, IT
Palabras, Imagenes y Otros textos, curated by M.Bazzini, L. Biccellato, M. Scaringella and
G.R.Oliberos, Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina, RA
The Hirsch Index. The Art Of Quotation/Hirschfaktor. Die Kunst des Zitierens, ZKM Contemporary
Art Museum, Karlsruhe, Germania, DE
Goodbye ‘70, Palazzo Reale, Milan, IT
Cantiere del 900’, Gallerie d’Italia, Intesa Sanpaolo collezione permanente, Milan, IT
Italian Genius Now Brasil, Santader Bank Cultural, Puerto Alegre, Brasil, BR

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