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Spoon River, 1968

Mario Giacomelli

Born in 1925 (Senigallia, Italie) and died in 2000

Spoon River, 1968

Mario Giacomelli was born in 1925 in Italy, in Senigallia, where he will spend his life and die in 2000. In 1934, his father dies and his mother takes a job as a laundress in a hospice for old people. He starts working in 1938 in a printing house and shows great interest for the typographic characters. During the war, the printing is destroyed but he builds it back, works there, and during his free time, paints abstract compositions (from which a certain materiality stands out). Also, he explores with great interest poetry and car racing. In 1952, a bad accident during a race convinces him to put an end to this passion. He buys his first camera and immediately feels a link between the object and his activity as a painter. He modifies his camera, creates a photography laboratory and chooses to use a contrasting paper since the beginning of his work. > Read more

 

 

 

His encounter with Giuseppe Cavalli allows him to enter a group of amateur photography: MISA, with a few personalities: Piergiorgio Branzi (Italian), Alfredo Camisa (Italian), Silvio Pellegrini (Spanish). He goes back to the hospice where he will photograph during three years (Hospice life), while studying at the same time landscapes and still life photography, as well as the use of chance. In 1955, he gets the first prize at the national exhibition Castelfranco Veneto. He says “the most beautiful pictures are the ones, maybe, that we don't take, because if we had taken them, we would have spoiled something”. He makes (always by himself) short trips to Scanno, Peschici and Lourdes. In the early 60's, he meets Luigi Crocenzi, in agreement with his will of narrative photography.

 

In 1963, John Szarkowski, director of the photography department at the museum of modern art of New York, buys his pictures of Scanno for the collection of the masters of international photography. One year later, he produces a new series of photographs devoted to the seasons and the land. During one year, he follows the life of a family of farmers (harvests, celebrations, crops, etc.). Then he goes back to the hospice and changes the title of his work: Death will come and have your eyes. He photographs cut tree trunks in a search for abstraction and produces a series of color photographs: The Landscape project, which links photography to poetry and abstract painting. From 1969 to 1980, he focuses specifically on lyrical abstraction and produces various series. He continues working on his lyric poems and on Dream (tale). In 1997 he decorates the Italian coffee cups of the Illy collection. His inspirations are, among others, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Osvaldo Licini, Giorgio

Morandi, Robert Rauschenberg and Barnett Newman.

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

Mario Giacomelli Empreintes italiennes, Orangerie des musées de Sens, France

2016

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan

2008

Mario Giacomelli, Métamorphoses, National Library, Paris, France

2005

Mario Giacomelli, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma, Italy

2001

Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

1995

Musée de L'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland

1990

Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas, USA

1988

Galerie Municipale du Château d'eau, Toulouse, France

1985

Permanent exhibition, Pouchkine Museum, Moscow, Russia

from 1984

Mario Giacomelli : a Retrospective 1955-1983, Travelling exhibition in United Kingdom and in Ireland

from 1983 to 1985

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom

1975

Museum of Modern Art, New-York, USA

1964

Exhibitions at Polka Galerie

Exhibitions at Polka Galerie

Fratelli d'Italia Fratelli d'Italia Fratelli d'Italia Fratelli d'Italia Fratelli d'Italia

Mario Giacomelli

Fratelli d'Italia
May 28 - July 30 2016

Selected Publications

Le noir attend le blanc Le noir attend le blanc Le noir attend le blanc Le noir attend le blanc Le noir attend le blanc

Mario Giacomelli

Le noir attend le blanc
Actes Sud
Photopoche Photopoche Photopoche Photopoche Photopoche

Mario Giacomelli

Photopoche
Actes Sud

Mario Giacomelli was born in 1925 in Italy, in Senigallia, where he will spend his life and die in 2000. In 1934, his father dies and his mother takes a job as a laundress in a hospice for old people. He starts working in 1938 in a printing house and shows great interest for the typographic characters. During the war, the printing is destroyed but he builds it back, works there, and during his free time, paints abstract compositions (from which a certain materiality stands out). Also, he explores with great interest poetry and car racing. In 1952, a bad accident during a race convinces him to put an end to this passion. He buys his first camera and immediately feels a link between the object and his activity as a painter. He modifies his camera, creates a photography laboratory and chooses to use a contrasting paper since the beginning of his work. > Read more

 

 

 

His encounter with Giuseppe Cavalli allows him to enter a group of amateur photography: MISA, with a few personalities: Piergiorgio Branzi (Italian), Alfredo Camisa (Italian), Silvio Pellegrini (Spanish). He goes back to the hospice where he will photograph during three years (Hospice life), while studying at the same time landscapes and still life photography, as well as the use of chance. In 1955, he gets the first prize at the national exhibition Castelfranco Veneto. He says “the most beautiful pictures are the ones, maybe, that we don't take, because if we had taken them, we would have spoiled something”. He makes (always by himself) short trips to Scanno, Peschici and Lourdes. In the early 60's, he meets Luigi Crocenzi, in agreement with his will of narrative photography.

 

In 1963, John Szarkowski, director of the photography department at the museum of modern art of New York, buys his pictures of Scanno for the collection of the masters of international photography. One year later, he produces a new series of photographs devoted to the seasons and the land. During one year, he follows the life of a family of farmers (harvests, celebrations, crops, etc.). Then he goes back to the hospice and changes the title of his work: Death will come and have your eyes. He photographs cut tree trunks in a search for abstraction and produces a series of color photographs: The Landscape project, which links photography to poetry and abstract painting. From 1969 to 1980, he focuses specifically on lyrical abstraction and produces various series. He continues working on his lyric poems and on Dream (tale). In 1997 he decorates the Italian coffee cups of the Illy collection. His inspirations are, among others, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Osvaldo Licini, Giorgio

Morandi, Robert Rauschenberg and Barnett Newman.

Exhibitions at Polka Galerie

Exhibitions at Polka Galerie

Fratelli d'Italia Fratelli d'Italia Fratelli d'Italia Fratelli d'Italia Fratelli d'Italia

Mario Giacomelli

Fratelli d'Italia
May 28 - July 30 2016

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

Mario Giacomelli Empreintes italiennes, Orangerie des musées de Sens, France

2016

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan

2008

Mario Giacomelli, Métamorphoses, National Library, Paris, France

2005

Mario Giacomelli, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma, Italy

2001

Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany

1995

Musée de L'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland

1990

Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas, USA

1988

Galerie Municipale du Château d'eau, Toulouse, France

1985

Permanent exhibition, Pouchkine Museum, Moscow, Russia

from 1984

Mario Giacomelli : a Retrospective 1955-1983, Travelling exhibition in United Kingdom and in Ireland

from 1983 to 1985

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom

1975

Museum of Modern Art, New-York, USA

1964

Selected Publications

Le noir attend le blanc Le noir attend le blanc Le noir attend le blanc Le noir attend le blanc Le noir attend le blanc

Mario Giacomelli

Le noir attend le blanc
Actes Sud
Photopoche Photopoche Photopoche Photopoche Photopoche

Mario Giacomelli

Photopoche
Actes Sud