27 May - 17 Jul

"Franco Costalonga: Revolution"

GR gallery will present a solo exhibition of Italian artist and kinetic and op art innovator Franco Costalonga featuring thirty of his works, from the Seventies until today. On view, his best known series “Oggetti Cromocinetici Rotanti” , “Riflex”,”Macromole” and “Mokubi”, among others. The exhibition will focus on the artist’s most kinetic works, powered by motors and illuminated by light bulbs, such as  “Riflex” and “Oggetti Cromocinetici Rotanti”.

GR gallery is grateful to Gruppo Euromobil for their generous support.

GR gallery thanks Jan D’Amore Wines and Ferrarelle for their generous in kind support.

 

Franco Costalonga (b.Venice,1933). In 1965 he joined the Dialettica delle Tendenze group and started employing different materials in the attempt to create new surfaces that could generate three‐dimensional forms. His research brought him to Bruno Munari‘s Sette‐Veneto group (linked to Brescia’s Centro Operativo Sincron). Costalonga was thus able to thoroughly develop his interest in kinetic and visual effects. In 1969 Peggy Guggenheim acquired for her collection Costalonga’s work Sphere, made of Perspex and chromium metal. The artist has been the recipient of many awards for his work in the fields of furnishings and design and has taken part in many national and international art shows among which: the 1966 Quadriennale  of  Rome, the  itinerant  exhibition  of  The  Arts  Council  of Great Britain, the 1970 Venice Biennale, the exhibition Grands et Jeunes d’aujourd’hui ‐ Art cinetique Peinture‐Sculpture at  the Grand  Palais of Paris in 1972, the Internationale Kunstmesse‐Art5, Base in1974l. In 1978 he founded the group Verifica 8+1, focusing on concrete and structural art. In the 1980s and 1990s he took part in several Venice Biennales. The artist currently lives in Venice.

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