Gianfranco Baruchello

Gianfranco Baruchello (Livorno, 1924 - Rome, 2023) lived and worked in Rome and Paris.


In his long artistic research he has experienced and crossed the main tendencies of the Post-World War II, from Pop Art to Conceptual Art.Since the late 1950s he has used different media: painting, film, installation, objects, sculpture and performance practice. His first solo exhibition was in 1963, at the La Tartaruga Gallery in Rome: big paintings and small objects focused on the idea of formulating a first alphabet of images he calls Need, Hostility, Fear, Error, Desire, etc. In 1964, on the occasion of the exhibition at the Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery in New York, he exhibited works that presented a significant point of arrival in his research: fragmentation, dissemination on canvas of images reduced to minimal elements and conceptual decentralisation of space.


From 1960 he began to produce short films, including Il grado zero del paesaggio (1963), Verifica incerta (1964-1965). Baruchello brought the very idea of fragmentation and montage to his experimentation with the painting, sculpture and moving images. In the same years he produced artist’s books such as La quindicesima riga (lines of text taken from hundreds of books) and Avventure nell’armadio di plexiglass (Adventures in a Plexiglas wordrobe). In 1962 he met Marcel Duchamp, to whom he dedicated the book Why Duchamp, published by McPherson, New York in 1985. In 1973, he started Agricola Cornelia S.p.A., an experiment between art and agriculture, which engaged him for eight years. In 1998, he set up the Baruchello Foundation with Carla Subrizi.


Baruchello’s works are part of museum collections all over the world: Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea and MAXXI (Rome), MoMA and Guggenheim Museum (New York), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington), Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia) as well as Barcelona, Munich, Hamburg, London and Paris.

Gianfranco Baruchello Portrait

Biography

Solo exhibitions
Year
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
2024
I, Primo alfabeto, MASSIMODECARLO, Milano
2023
F, Retour à Paris, MASSIMODECARLO Pièce Unique, Paris
2021
F, Figure della notte (Byebye Flexor), MASSIMODECARLO Pièce Unique, Paris
CH, Psicoenciclopedia possibile, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Genève
2018
I, Gianfranco Baruchello Curated by Gianfranco Maraniello, MART , Rovereto
F, Gianfranco Baruchello Curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, Villa Arson, Nice
2017
Gianfranco Baruchello, Marcel Duchamp, Massimo De Carlo, Hong Kong
UK, Incidents of Lesser Account Curated by Luca Cerizza, Raven Row, London
I, Greenhouse, Massimo De Carlo, Milano
2016
CH, Gianfranco Baruchello. Il giardino della mente, De Primi Fine Art, Lugano
N, Gianfranco Baruchello. New Works Curated by Martin Clark, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen
I, Gianfranco Baruchello. La fòcara 2016 Curated by Giacomo Zaza, Piazza Tito Schipa, Novoli
2015
I, L'Albero della cuccagna. I nutrimenti dell'arte. Gianfranco Baruchello. Come la quercia Curated by Achille Bonito Oliva, MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Roma
UK, Gianfranco Baruchello. New Works, Massimo De Carlo, London
UK, Artists' Film Club, Verifica Incerta (proiezione), ICA, London
I, Art/Trevi, ai Confini Dell'Immagine, Verifiche per il 2000 (proiezione) Curated by Alessandra Mammì, Cinema Trevi, Roma
2014
D, Gianfranco Baruchello. Certain ideas Curated by Andreas Beitin, ZKM, Karlsruhe
I, Loss of Quality, Loss of Identity, Fondazione Volume, Roma
D, Gianfranco Baruchello. Certain ideas. Retrospektive Curated by Dirk Luckow, Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg
I, Gianfranco Baruchello: Cold Cinema Curated by Alessandro Rabottini, Triennale di Milano, Milano
I, Gianfranco Baruchello. Anni '60-'70, Cavana Arte Contemporanea, La Spezia
F, Gianfranco Baruchello. Verifica incerta (Documents & Souvenirs) Curated by Carla Subrizi, Le 8, rue Saint-Bon, Paris
I, Intorno a Verifica incerta / Gianfranco Baruchello Curated by Lucilla Meloni, La Quadriennale di Roma, Villa Carpegna, Roma
2013
I, 1962-1978: ventiquattro opere di Gianfranco Baruchello Curated by Andrea Alibrandi, Galleria Il Ponte, Firenze
2012
I, Gianfranco Baruchello, Galleria Milano, Milano
I, Psicogim, Villa Romana, Firenze
2011
I, Gianfranco Baruchello Curated by Giacomo Zaza, Torrione Passari di Molfetta, Bari
I, Gianfranco Baruchello, Ierimonti Gallery, Milano
I, Baruchello. Certe idee Curated by Achille Bonito Oliva, Galleria Nazionale d‘Arte Moderna, GNAM, Roma
I, Gianfranco Baruchello, Galleria Peccolo, Livorno
I, D.A.F. Marchese De Sade/Una lettera, Edicola Notte, Roma
I, Da allora in poi Baruchello e Milano, Galleria Milano, Milano
Group exhibitions
Year
Country, Exhibition Name, Location
2023
F, McArthur Binion – Carl Andre, MASSIMODECARLO Pièce Unique, Paris
2022
I, Gribouillage / Scarabocchio. Da Leonardo da Vinci a Cy Twombly Curated by Francesca Alberti, Diane Bodart, Philippe-Alain Michaud, Accademia di Francia a Roma – Villa Medici, Roma
I, Winter Wunderkammer, MASSIMODECARLO, VSpace
F, Vita Nuova - nouveaux enjeux de l'art en italia 1960-1975, Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, Nice
2020
I, Come prima, meglio di prima, Massimo De Carlo, Milano
2019
UK, Andra Ursuta, Maria Lai, Carl Andre, Massimo De Carlo, London
2018
I, Take Me (I'm Yours) Curated by Christian Boltanski, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Chiara Parisi, Villa Medici, Roma
I, No Man's Library Curated by Zerynthia Associazione per l'Arte Contemporanea, Ex Biblioteca Universitaria, Sassari
I, Raymond, Grand Hotel et des Palmes, Palermo
2017
IT, Take Me (I'm Yours) Curated by Christian Boltanski, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Chiara Parisi, Roberta Tenconi, Pirelli Hangarbicocca, Milano
FL, Who Pays?, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz
I, Please come back. The world as prison? Curated by Hou Hanru, Luigia Lonardelli, MAXXI, Roma
I, Time is Out of Joint, La Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Roma
I, TV 70: Francesco Vezzoli guarda la Rai Curated by Cristiana Perrella, Francesco Vezzoli, Fondazione Prada, Milano
I, Versus. La sfida dell'artista al suo modello in un secolo di fotografia e disegno Curated by Andrea Bruciati, Daniele De Luigi, Serena Goldoni, Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena
2016
I, Time is Out of Joint, La Galleria Nazionale, Roma
I, Other times, other myths - The 16th Art Quadrennial, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma
I, Start up Quattro Agenzie per la produzione del possibile Curated by Gianfranco Baruchello, Maria Alicata, Carla Subrizi, Fondazione Baruchello, Roma
I, To the son of Man who Ate the Scroll Curated by Goshka Macuga, Fondazione Prada, Milano
USA, International Pop Curated by Erica F. Battle, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
I, Gianfranco Baruchello, Regina José Galindo. Fòcara 2016 Curated by Giacomo Zaza, Palazzo Baronale, Novoli
I, L'inarchiviabile / The unarchivable Curated by Marco Scotini, FM Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea, Milano
I, Dall'oggi al domani. 24 ore nell'Arte Contemporanea Curated by Antonella Sbrilli, MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Roma
I, Roma Pop City 60-67 Curated by Claudio Crescentini, MACRO - Museo d'Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Roma
I, Passaggi, all'interno del Festival del Paesaggio Curated by Arianna Rosica, Casa Rossa, Anacapri
I, Italia Pop. L'arte negli anni del boom Curated by Stefano Roffi, Fondazione Magnani Rocca, Mamiano di Traversetolo
RUS, Art in Europe 1945-1968. Facing the Future, BOZAR, Bruxelles, B; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, D; The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Art, Moscow
UK, Fields of War, Massimo De Carlo, London
2015
I, Earthrise. Visioni pre-ecologiche nell'arte italiana (1967-73) Curated by Marco Scotini, PAV - Parco Arte Vivente, Torino
I, Traces Curated by Domenico Maria Papa, Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria - Auditorium Vivaldi, Torino
I, Trincee. Il mondo in fiamme e la morte Curated by Enrica Petraruolo, La Nuova Pesa, Roma
UK, If Arte Povera Was Pop: Artists' and Experimental Cinema in Italy 1960s - 70s Curated by Sergio Toffetti, Tate Modern, London

Bibliography

Year
Author, Publication Title, Date
2003 
Subrizi, Carla, G. Baruchello, Cosa guardano le statue
2005 
The Aesthetics of Everyday Life, The Aesthetics of Everyday Life
2020
Arte, 12 September
Manicardi, Matilde, Exibart, November 14
Quattordio, Alessandro, Artribune, 25 September
Artdaily.com, 21 September
2019
Cerizza, Luca, Flash Art, July/September
Didero, Maria Cristina, Icon Design, June
2018
Diez, Renato, Arte, May
Piccoli, Cloe, La Repubblica, july
Meneghelli, Luigi, Flash Art
Castelli, Stefano, Artribune, July
Zamboni, Isabella, Mousse Magazine, July
2017
Cortellessa, Andrea, Doppiozero.com
Verzotti, Giorgio, Arte, March
Maruzzelli, Giannella, Post Magazine, November
Cortellessa, Andrea, Alias domenica
Gianfranco Baruchello. Archives of Moving Images, Exhibition Catalogue.
2016
ArtReview, Jan/Feb
2015
Elephant Magazine, November
Gnoli, Antonio, La Repubblica, 15 February
Sala, Francesco, Flash Art, March
2014
Certain Ideas, Exhibition Catalogue. Hamburg/Karlsruhe
Mammì, Alessandra, Espresso, December
Flackenberg, Sammlung - Deichtorhallen, Artforum, Novembre
Schwendener, Martha, New York Times, 7 November
2013
Cerizza, Luca, Frieze, May
2012
Capasso, Angelo, Flash Art, June
2011
Certe Idee, Exhibition Catalogue. Roma, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna
2010
Fabbris, Eva e Maurizio Cattelan, Kalendoscope, April - May
2003
Di Giacomo, Giuseppe, G. Baruchello, Cosa guardano le statue
Baruchello, Gianfranco, Cosa guardano le statue

Public collections

Country
Location
France
Centre National d'Art et de la Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris
FRAC - Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain, Rhône-Alpes
IAC - Institute d`art contemporain, Villeurbanne
Germany
Collection of Werkraum Buchholz, Denklingen
Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg
Italy
GAM - Galleria d´Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna
GNAM – Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Roma
MADRE - Museo d'Arte contemporanea Donna Regina, Napoli
Museo G. Fattori, Livorno
Republic of North Macedonia
Contemporary Art Museum of Macedonia, Skopje
Switzerland
Migros Museum, Zürich
Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts, Lausanne
United States of America
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
MoMA – Museum of Modern Art, New York
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

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