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Agostino Bonalumi (1935-2013)



Bianco, 1975, Shaped canvas and vinyl tempera, 70×60cm

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017  Alberto Biasi Agostino Bonalumi avanguardia senza fine 1959-2013, Galleria Poliart, Milan

2014  Agostino Bonalumi projects Societe Generale Private Banking with Repetto Gallery, Monaco

1995  Agostino Bonalumi, Sante Moretto Arte Contemporanea, Monticello Conte Otto

1973  Agostino Bonalumi, Galleria d'Arte Studio f.22. Palazzolo sull'Oglio

1962  Agostino Bonalumi, eidac, Ente internazionale d'Arte e Cultura, Milan

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023   The Paradox of Proximity,  Mazzoleni, London

               Salto nel vuoto. Arte al di là della materia, GAMeC, Bergamo

2020   Rome - Milan Space and Colour, Rhythm and Matter, Mazzoleni, London - Torino, London

2014   Zero: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

1977  Scrittura '77, Galleria Vinciana, Milan

1965  15° Premio di pittura e bianco e nero G. B Salvi e Piccola Europa, Palazzo Oliva, Sassoferrato

1964  Premio Castelletto Ticino, Castelletto Ticino


Agostino Bonalumi was born on July 10, 1935 in Vimercate, Milan. After studying technical and mechanical drawing, he became a self-taught artist. However, in the late summer of 2013, during the height of his exhibition, he died on September 18 in Monza. His works are kept at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Turin and the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome, the Mart in Rovereto, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, among others. The Mazzoleni gallery represents the Agostino Bonalumi Estate.


<Bianco> is one of Agostino Bonalumi's most famous works, and one that particularly exemplifies his unique style and aesthetic philosophy. "Bianco" means "white" in Italian. The artist is known for creating curved shapes, either painted or sculptural, on white or cream-colored canvas. These white works, with their sharply protruding canvases, are significant in that they reject the flatness of the canvas, making it three-dimensional and using monochromatic tones to go beyond Encaustic Expressionism.These forms are one of the most prominent features of Bonalumi's work and play a large role in identifying his artistic style. The lines formed by slotting into the surface of the canvas create light and shadow, creating an intense visual effect and aesthetic experience in the work.
Through the combination of color and form, Bonalumi tries to convey an emotional and affective experience to the viewer through his works. His works explore important aspects of contemporary art through the exploration of emotion and beauty. For this reason, Bianco is particularly important among Agostino Bonalumi's works and plays a key role in understanding and appreciating his artistic legacy.

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