Painting and Sculpture

Convergenze. Notargiacomo and the Spoleto GAM collection

Gianfranco Notargiacomo is an artist in many ways a precursor of uncodified languages, able to move from form to image, from structure to painting with the same skill and intelligence. Precisely for this reason he represented the solution to the knots opposed to each other, contrasting, intertwined: divergent and convergent at the same time.

La Galleria d’Arte Moderna of Spoleto, like all the museums in the world, has a rich deposit of works, mostly donations or acquisitions made over the years, some of which are destined to rotate over time and leave the deposits from time to time.

accepted the invitation to seek a dialogue with the artists and works of the collection kept in the Santo Chiodo deposits, finding the keystone of the curatorial proposal in about twenty paintings by artists who have represented for him essential points of reference in terms of training, who were his masters or with whom he had relationships of friendship and esteem over the years. Among them are Burri, Sadun, Bendini, Pace, Vacchi, Asdrubali, Rossano, Gandini, Cascella, Ceroli, Boille, Cotani, Mattiacci, Luzzi, Pozzati.

The exhibition Convergenze inaugurates at Palazzo Collicola on Saturday 14th December at 11.30 a.m. and will be open until Sunday 8th March 2020. The exhibition project takes its title from the famous installation Le nostre divergenze, the first solo exhibition of the artist held in Rome in 1971 at the Galleria La Tartaruga by Plinio De Martiis, then repeated several times over the decades in various museum spaces, including the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome: over two hundred omìni in colored plasticine that invade the gallery in all its spaces. The first time it was exhibited in public, the installation was defined in the Herald Tribune by Edith Schloss as “The most surprising show“.

In the spaces on the ground floor of Palazzo Collicola, just where the permanent collection of the Galleria d’Arte Moderna was once located, about 140 omìni will dialogue with the works selected from the deposit of the collection, in a continuous flow between memory and the present, as if they were enchanted witnesses of an apparition, of a revelation. On the occasion of the exhibition Notargiacomo, curated by Marco Tonelli, he will donate to the Modern Art Gallery of Spoleto one of his sculptures, a typical Takete, which will also be part of the exhibition along with other sculptures in the series, symbolically converging, as the title says, his works with those of the museum. During the exhibition, there will be a public meeting in which the artist will illustrate point by point his ties with the individual artists with whom he has chosen to dialogue. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with students of the Academy of Fine Arts “Pietro Vannucci” in Perugia and RUFA – Rome University fo Fine Arts in Rome.

Gianfranco Notargiacomo (Rome, 1945). In the seventies he exhibited at the Galleria La Salita, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni and the Galleria La Tartaruga in Rome. In 1980 he participated in the exhibition conceived by Flavio Caroli Magico Primario, at the Palazzo dei Diamanti in Ferrara. In these years his deep relationship with Emilio Vedova was born, and he was nominated for the Prize of the Presidency of the Republic at the National Academy of San Luca. In 1982, 1986 and 2011 he was invited to the Venice Biennale and in the 1980s held solo exhibitions in Castel Sant’Elmo in Naples, Casa del Mantegna in Mantua, Museo Laboratorio dell’Università La Sapienza in Rome, Palazzo Reale in Milan. In 2009 he held the exhibition Le nostre divergenze 1971-2009 curated by Mariastella Margozzi at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome. In 2011 she was in China, first in Hangzhou, at the Zhejiang Daily Ideal Culture Development Company, then in Shanghai, at the Heng Yuanxiang Museum, where she created two large Takète. In 2013 at Forte Malatesta in Ascoli Piceno is held the anthological a broad lines. Among the numerous group exhibitions he has been invited to the VIII and XI Biennale de Paris and to the Biennale di Sydney, he has exhibited at the Hayward Gallery in London, at the Frankfurter Kunstverein in Frankfurt, at the Museum of Sao Paulo in Brazil, at the Taiwan Museum of Art and he is present in the collection of 20th century Italian Artists at the Ministero degli Affari Esteri. He was a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in L’Aquila, Florence and Rome, where in 2015 he received the title of Academic Master Emeritus.In 2013, on the initiative of the President of the Republic, he was awarded the title of Commendatore Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana.