Enrico Castellani

Enrico Castellani

Enrico Castellani was born on 4th August 1930. He is one of the most influential artists of Italy and he is a painter who is associated with the zero movement and Azimuth. Castellani contributed the development of avant-garde art in Europe in the 1950s and 1960s. Castellani was born in Castelmassa which is placed in North-Eastern Italy. He studied sculpture and painting at Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in 1952 and architecture at École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Belgium in 1956. He is best known for his “paintings of light” that merge art, space and architecture to transcend the confines of painting. In 1956 Castellani returned to Italy and met artists like Lucio Fontana and Piero Manzoni who were pushing Italian avant-garde art. His original approach was considered fundamental for the art history of the 20th century, not only in Italy, but also on the international scene. In particular, Castellani influenced Donald Judd, who saw him as the father of minimalism. Castellani exhibited at the most renowned institutions in the world including the MoMA and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of New York, Centre Georges Pompidou of Paris, Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux Arts of Brussels and he represented Italy at the Venice Biennale in the following years 1964, 1966, 1984 and 2003. He had retrospective exhibitions at Pushkin Museum in Moscow, Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, the Prada Foundation in Milan, The Modern and Contemporary Civic Gallery in Latina in Trento and Palazzo Fabroni in Pistoia. Castellani was the 2010 recipient of the Praemium Imperiale for Painting and he is the first Italian artist to receive this honour.

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