Enzo Cucchi
Enzo Cucchi was born near Ancona in 1949 and he currently lives and works in Rome. He started painting and writing poems as an autodidact, after working for some time in the restoration of paintings and books. He settled in Rome in the mid-seventies and after exploring Conceptual Art, he moved towards representational painting and drawing, becoming the most visionary member of the Transavantgarde movement. His large works on canvas are completed with drawings and often presented with own poems. The recurring themes arise from his unconscious, from literature or from myth; they often refer to the Bible and are also inspired by the Italian Primitives paintings. The extensive use of light enhances the depth of forms and space, and his landscapes, while conveying a strong metaphysical feeling, are immersed at the same time in an atmosphere of dream and meditation. Cucchi has experimented various forms of expression using heterogeneous materials; he considers any technique applicable when the purpose is creating “necessary” artistic works, able to increase the degree of civilization. International exhibitions have made him famous worldwide.

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EXHIBITIONS

1979

“L´estetico e il selvaggio” (“The Aesthetic and the Savage”), Civic Gallery, Modena, Italy

“Italian Artists”, XV Biennale, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Group Exhibition at Quadriennale Nazionale d´Arte, Rome, Italy

1980

“Die Enthauptete Hand, 100 Zeichnungen aus Italien” (“The mutilated Hand, 100 Drawings from Italy”), Chia - Clemente - Cucchi - Paladino, Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany; touring to Wolfsburg and Groningen, Germany

Group Exhibition at the Gianenzo Sperone Gallery, Turin, Italy

“Italiana Nuova Immagine” (“Italian New Image”), Loggetta Lombardesca, Ravenna, Italy

1981

“Heute.Weskunst”(“Today. Western Art”), Museen der Stadt Köln, Cologne, Germany

Group Exhibition, I Biennale de Paris, Paris, France

Group Exhibition, Chia - Clemente - Cucchi - Mariani - Morley - Salle - Schnabel, Sara Hildenin Taidemuseo, Tampere, Finland

Group Exhibition, Sperone Westwater Fischer Gallery, New York, USA

1982

“Contemporary Figurative Prints”, Harcus Krakow Gallery, Boston, USA

“Italian Art Now: an American Perspective”, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

“Vision in Disbelief”, Fourth Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

“ ´60 ´80 Attitudes/Concepts/Images”, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1983

“New Italian Art”, New Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cleveland,Ohio, USA

“Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi: Bilder”, Kunsthalle, Bielefeld, Germany

“Artists from Sperone Westwater Fischer”, Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark

Group Exhibition, University of South Florida Art Galleries, College of Fine Arts, Tampa, Florida, USA

1984

Group Exhibition, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, USA

“Drawings”, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, USA

“Painting Now”, Basquiat - Chia - Clemente - Cucchi - Salle - Salomé - Schnabel, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya; Municipal Museum of Art, Kitakyushu, Japan

Modern Expressionist: German, Italian and American Painters,

1985

“Metaphor and/or Symbol”, The National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka, Japan

“The European Iceberg: Creativity in Germany and Italy today”, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Group Exhibition, Nouvelle Biennale de Paris 1985, Grande Halle du Parc de la Villette, Paris, France

1986

“À propos de dessin” (“About Drawing”), Adrien Maeght Gallery, Paris, France

“Raume heutiger Zeichnung” (“Free Contemporary Drawing”), Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

1987

“Emerging Artists 1978-1986. Selections from the Exxon Series”, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

Group Exhibition, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland

1988

“Visions/Revisions: Contemporary Representation”, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA

“Europa Oggi” (“Europe Today”), Luigi Pecci Contemporary Art Museum, Prato, Italy

1989

“Italian Art in the 20th Century”, Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom

“Disegno italiano 1908-1988” (“Italian Drawing 1908-1988”), Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland

1990

“Qu´est-ce qui est contemporain? II” (“What is Contemporary? II”), Musée d´Art Contemporain, Entrepôt Lainé, Bordeaux, France

“Tra mito e stereotipo” (“Between Myth and Stereotype”), In Arco Gallery, Turin, Italy

1991

“An Aspect of Contemporary Art”, Setagaya Art Museum, Setagayaku, Tokyo, Japan

“Ottanta Novanta” (“Eighty Ninety”), Benedictine Monastery, Montréal, Canada

1992

“Art d´Eco”, Umetnosta Galerija, Maribor, Slovenia

“Profili. Italia 1950-1990” (“Prophiles, Italy 1950-1990”), XII Quadriennale, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

1993

“Tutte le strade portano a Roma?” (“Do all the Ways lead to Rome?), Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

“Selected Prints”, Bernd Kluser Gallery, Munich, Germany

1994

“Baselitz, Cucchi, Paladino, A.R. Penk. Grafiek” (“Baselitz, Cucchi, Paladino, A.R. Penk. Graphic Artwork”), Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium

“Arte contemporanea dalla Collezione della Federazione cooperative Migros” (“Contemporary Art from the Collection of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives”), Museo Cantonale D’Arte, Lugano, Switzerland

1995

Group Exhibition, Festival Roma Europa, German Academy, Villa Massimo, Rome, Italy

“L’invenzione del paesaggio” (“Inventing Landscape”), Palazzina dei Giardini Pubblici, Modena, Italy

1996

Works included in the Erich Marx Permanent Collection, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum fur Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany

“Tradizione e innovazione. L’Arte italiana dal 1945 a oggi” (“Tradition and Innovation. Italian Art since 1945 until today”), National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1997

“Collection, découverte” (“Collection, Discovery”), Musée d´Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France

“La Collezione Loulakis. Disegni e fotografie da Klee a Mapplethorpe” (“The Loulakis Collection. Drawings and Photographs from Klee to Mappelthorpe”), Palazzina dei Giardini Pubblici, Modena, Italy

1998

“Transavanguardia: Chia, Cucchi, Clemente, Paladino” (“Transavantgarde: Chia, Cucchi, Clemente, Paladino”), Museum Wurth, Kunzelsau, Germany

“Artenergie: Art in Jeans”, Palazzo Corsini, Florence, Italy

1999

“Idoli” (“Idols”), Artiscope Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

“Enzo Cucchi - Berge, Menschen, Licht: Gemälde und Zeichnungen 1995 - 99” (“Enzo Cucchi - Monti, Persone, Luce: Dipinti e Disegni, 1955 - 99”), Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Mosaic for The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

2000

“Enzo Cucchi”, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA

“New Acquisitions”, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland

2001

“Enzo Cucchi: First Day”, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, United Kingdom

“Arte moderna italiana” (“Modern Italian Art”), Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

“Transavanguardia Italiana” (“Italian Transavantgarde”), Catalogue, International meeting, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China

“Mythic Proportions: Painting in the 1980s”, Catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art Miami, Florida, USA

2002

“Enzo Cucchi. Drawings 1979-2001”, Artium, Basque Centre-Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

“Transavanguardia Italiana” (“Italian Transavantgarde”), Catalogue, Rivoli Castle, Rivoli, Turin, Italy

2003

“New Works”, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland

“Enzo Cucchi al Portico d'Ottavia” (“Enzo Cucchi at the Porticus Octaviae), Valentina Bonomo Contemporary Art Gallery, Rome, Italy

“Seascape in Confrontation”, Modern Art Museum, Ostend, Belgium

“La natura dell’arte” (“The Nature of Art”), Annali delle Arti, Naples, Italy

“Grazie” (“Thanks”), Catalogue, Schloss Dyck, Dusseldorf, Germany

“Montagna. Arte, scienza, mito da Dürer a Warhol” (“Mountain. Art, Science, Myth from Dürer to Warhol”), Catalogue, MART Trento and Rovereto Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, Rovereto.

2004

“T'I Simmattito” (“You’ve gone crazy”), Bruno Bischofberger Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

“Prima neve” (“First Snow”), Paolo Curti/Annamaria Gambuzzi & Co., Milan, Italy

2005

Group Exhibition, Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy

“Pitture per il cielo: aquiloni d’artista al Sant’Erasmo” (“Paintings for the Sky, Artist’s Kytes at Sant’Erasmo”), Palermo, Italy

“Enzo Cucchi”, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany

2006

“Enzo Cucchi. Drawings”, Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint- Étienne Métropole, Saint- Étienne, France

“Entra! Disegni di Enzo Cucchi” (“Come in! Drawings by Enzo Cucchi”), Accadémie de France à Rome, Villa Medici, Rome, Italy

“Enzo Cucchi“, Phillips de Pury & Company and Bruno Bischofberger Gallery, New York, USA

2007

“Enzo Cucchi”, Museo Correr, Venice, Italy

2008

“DISegno” (“Drawing”- DI= about Segno=Sign), MUST Museo della Città di Lucca - Palazzo Guinigi, Lucca, Italy

“Le donne sono entrate nell'arte andiamo, dall'altra parte” (“Women have entered into Art, let’s go the other way”), Volume! Foundation, Rome, Italy

Group Exhibition, Mazzoli Gallery, Modena, Italy

2009

“ABCD, Carlo Benvenuto, Mario Dellavedova, Enzo Cucchi”, Mazzoli Gallery, Modena, Italy

2010

“Enzo Cucchi - Ceramica” (“Enzo Cucchi - Ceramics”), MIC – International Ceramics Museum, Faenza, Ravenna, Italy

2011

“La Transavanguardia Italiana” (“Italian Transavantgarde”), Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy

2012

“Religione” (“Religion”), Mazzoli Gallery, Modena, Italy

“Enzo Cucchi”, MARCA - Catanzaro Museum of the Arts, Catanzaro, Italy

“La pittura, Isola” (“Painting, Island”), Galleria Bianca, Palermo, Italy

2013

“Cattedrale” (“Cathedral”), catalogue, Istituto di Cultura Svizzera, Rome, Italy

“Dislessica” (“Dyslexic”), Galleria Bianca, Palermo, Italy

“Un sogno lungo tre sogni” (“A Dream Three Dreams long”), Castellabate, Salerno, Italy

“Enzo Cucchi”, at Valentina Bonomo’s, Rome, Italy

2014

“Visioni/Enzo Cucchi” (“Visions/Enzo Cucchi”), L’ARCA – Contemporary Art Workshop, Teramo, Italy

“Fiere, Chimere e Dischi Volanti” (“Fairs, Chimaerae, and Flying Saucers”), Bibo’s Place, Todi, Perugia, Italy

“Shit&Die”, Curated by Maurizio Cattelan, Cavour Palace, Turin, Italy

“La XIII luna” (“The Thirteenth Moon”), Furini Contemporary Art, Church of the Duomo Madonna, Arezzo, Italy

“Together-2014”, Group Exhibition, China Art Museum, Shanghai, China

“Space is the place”, catalogue, Fabio Marco Pirovino’s house, Basel, Switzerland

2015

“Meraviglia” (“Wonder”), Cucchi - Chia - Warren - Hillsboro, Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland

“Enzo Cucchi e il Laboratorio Saccardi” (”Enzo Cucchi and the Saccardi Workshop”), Modern Art Gallery, Palermo, Italy

2016

“Enzo Cucchi”, Zero Gallery, Milan, Italy

“Madama Cucchi”, Museo Civico d’Arte Antica - Palazzo Madama, Turin, Italy

2017

“Mostra Scomparsa” (“Disappeared Exhibition”), The National Exemplar Gallery, New York, USA

Cinquant'anni di grafica d'artista (“Fifty Years of Artist’s Graphic Work”), Ancona Municipality and Chiasso Max Museum (Switzerland), at Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy

“Entro dipinta gabbia” (“Inside a Painted Cage”), Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy

2018

“Le due soglie” (“The Two Thresholds”), installation, Vigoleno di Vernasca, Piacenza, Italy

2019

“Enzo Cucchi”, MAXXI - Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, Rome, Italy

2020

“Menti Curiose - Enzo Cucchi e George Warren” (“Curious Minds: Enzo Cucchi and George Warren”), Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland

“Il Re Mago, i Predicatori e gli Strimpelli Sabatali” (“The Wizard King, the Preachers and the Saturday Strumming”), Aleandri Modern Art Gallery, Rome, Italy

“Il talento di Mr. Cucchi” (“Mr. Cucchi’s Talent”), Simone Aleandri Arte Moderna, Roma, Italy