Since its inception in 1992 in Umbria, Italy, Ronchini Gallery
has been dedicated to exploring pioneering movements at the forefront of Italian contemporary art practice whilst also representing international artists. Subscribing to the highest standards of curatorship and scholarship, the gallery provides a rigorous context in which its artists can be viewed. A second gallery space will open at 22 Dering Street, London, on 17 February 2012.
Director, Lorenzo Ronchini explains the move into Northern Europe, Ronchini Gallery has always been about progression. A gallery in London opens a lot of doors for us. People ask if opening a new space is a daunting prospect, but I would be more afraid to remain only in Italy.
The inaugural show, Italian Beauty featuring works by leading Italian contemporary artists Giulio Paolini and Domenico Bianchi alongside Italian architect and design pioneer Gi˛ Ponti, is presented in collaboration with Studio La CittÓ and Curator Marco Meneguzzo. The exhibition is part of a series which demonstrate Ronchinis commitment to developing a broader understanding of Italian contemporary art in Northern Europe.
Italian Beauty is a curatorial project with the critical aim of investigating the idiosyncrasies of Italian art of the mid-20th and 21st centuries, by comparing artists from different generations joined by a common thread. The title Italian Beauty refers to the level of research and interest in the shape, completeness, and unity that characterised Italian art in the past.
This first show highlights a shared emphasis on the mode of creation and contrasts the artists disparate techniques and concerns with art historical and classical influences. The works investigate the importance of production as an influence on the creative process. Bianchis low level intervention, abstract work with wax, and Paolinis studies into the act of exhibiting are contextualised by Pontis statement when he was awarded the Grand Prix at the Paris Expo 1925, industry is the style of the 20th century, its mode of creation.
Using melting wax as his primary medium, Domenico Bianchi avoids imposing a predictable physical outcome and reveals an aesthetic inherent in natural processes and materials. Bianchi emerged in the 1980s building upon the foundations laid by Spacialism and the subsequent Arte Povera movement, which removed distinctions between techniques, cut dependence on the past and focussed attention on essential materials such as wood, water and stone.
Often linked to the Arte Povera movement due to his involvement with influential artists and the early shows of the movement, Giulio Paolini subscribes to a different dogma, drawing heavily on art history and a twenty year archive of memories captured in photography, collage and plaster casts. With an open, cyclical approach Paolini creates works that investigate the purpose of art and how the viewer interacts with it. Here, the act of exhibition is seen by Paolini as fundamental to the experience.
Gi˛ Ponti was an Italian Architect, industrial designer, craftsman, poet, painter, publisher and polymath who from the 1920s to the late 70s had a profound effect on the history of design and architecture in Italy and subsequently the world. He founded Domus magazine and designed many landmark buildings including the Pirelli Tower, Milan. Through his ceramic and furniture designs he defined a role model for industrial design excellence that proved that decorative sensibilities were not incompatible with modern ideals of quality mass production, and played an important role in the perception of Italy as a world leader in contemporary design.
Three very different artists are connected by one aim, to make works in the self sufficient language of art that does not rely on the subject to provide value.