Valerio Adami. Pittore di Idee

  • When:   July 17, 2024 - September 22, 2024

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Valerio Adami. Pittore di Idee
Valerio Adami, Penthesilea, 1994, 195x265 cm. Collezione Adami. Courtesy Archivio Valerio Adami

From July 17 to September 22, 2024, at the Palazzo Reale, an anthology of the artist Valerio Adami (Bologna, 1935) celebrates sixty-five years of career and research of one of the greatest Italian artists of the Postwar period.

The exhibition is promoted by the Municipality of Milan – Culture and produced by the Royal Palace with the Valerio Adami Archive, under the patronage of the Italian Cultural Institute of Paris.

Curated by Marco Meneguzzo, with the general coordination of Valeria Cantoni Mamiani, president of the Valerio Adami Archive, the exhibition presents over seventy large paintings and about fifty drawings, from 1957 to 2023, among the most significant works of the Master. Valerio Adami, a painter esteemed worldwide, perfectly embodies the idea of the international artist open to all influences from other languages, such as literature, philosophy, and music.

Trained in Milan, at Brera, with Achille Funi, he quickly understood the importance of engaging in an international environment. His travels, always accompanied by his wife Camilla Cantoni Mamiani, began with the traditional "pilgrimage" to Paris at a very young age and never ended: London, New York, Mexico City, Athens, Cuba, India, Caracas, Milan, but especially Paris (where he spent winters) and Meina (on the shores of Lake Maggiore, his current home, where he moved every summer) are just some of his chosen places. These are places where Adami settled, often opening a studio, for the time needed to discover and let himself be "contaminated" by the local culture, also thanks to personal encounters with writers, musicians, and intellectuals.

Adami's painting, which from the beginning often presents itself in large formats, is unmistakable since the mid-1960s due to the encounter between those distinctive signs of pop art – such as the black line, bright and flat colors, decisive traits, and urban subjects – and the constant reference to tradition and classicism – which narrates myths and legends in a constant figuration that recovers the human body, albeit disassembled – in an era dominated by Abstractism, Arte Povera, and Conceptual Art.... read the rest of the article»

Indeed, his painting critically engages with its time, and if in the 1960s it lives a first season of notoriety within the pop art movement, already by the early 1970s it detaches from it, accentuating its so-called "literary" vocation, rich in both visual and word-related citations, increasingly present in his work until including him among the major exponents of that French "Figuration narrative" with which, once again, he identifies only partially.

Behind images of immediate readability, a deeper narrative is implied: Adami's works are populated with sophisticated visual metaphors and encompass philosophical, literary, and mythological concepts, representing in his work the evolution of Western thought.

The founding myths of European culture, its authors, their stories become the almost exclusive subjects of his work, without forgetting certain exotic narratives that still belong to the Western worldview: it is this concentration of attentions that over the years will make him deeply engage with some of the greatest intellectuals and writers of the 20th century, such as Octavio Paz, Italo Calvino, Jacques Derrida, Luciano Berio, Antonio Tabucchi, and Jean-François Lyotard.

Although Adami is known for the vivid chromaticism of his narratives, it is the drawing that is the true key to understanding, the starting point of each of his paintings, the center of his artistic thinking, the "nulla dies sine linea," because it allows a full comprehension of the relationship between idea, subject, narration, and word, which then explodes in the painting. A "Painter of Ideas," as the subtitle of the exhibition states, showing in the works how one can be both an artist and an intellectual.

The exhibition is also an opportunity to introduce the work of the Valerio Adami Archive, established in 2021 within the family, which aims to enhance, preserve, promote, and protect Valerio Adami's work, conducting research on everything related to the Master's work and life.

The exhibition also includes the documentary "The Painter of Poems," produced by Artery Film, directed by Matteo Mavero, featuring Valerio Adami himself and his philosopher and artist friends. Focusing on the artist's most introspective part, the docufilm illustrates Adami's work and life intertwined with the events of some of the most influential intellectuals of the 20th century.

The exhibition is also accompanied by a bilingual Italian and English catalog published by Skira.

"Valerio Adami. Painter of Ideas" is realized thanks to the Marconi Foundation and in collaboration with Galerie Templon and Dep Art Gallery.

The exhibition sponsor is The Macallan, whose collaboration with Valerio Adami dates back to 1993 when the artist designed the label for a historic 1926 vintage whisky, an absolute auction record in 2023.

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Title: Valerio Adami. Pittore di Idee

Opening: July 17, 2024

Ending: September 22, 2024

Organization: Palazzo Reale, Archivio Valerio Adami

Curator: Marco Meneguzzo

Place: Milano, Palazzo Reale

Address: Piazza del Duomo 12, Milano - 20122

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM | Thursday closing at 10:30 PM | Last entry 30 minutes before closing (no reservation required) | Closed on Monday

Catalog: Skira editore

For info: segreteria@archiviovalerioadami.it | T +39 3513777863 | +39 02 884 45 181 | c.mostre@comune.milano.it

More info on this website: https://www.palazzorealemilano.it/



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