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.

WORKS

 

TEXTS

 
 

EXHIBITIONS

1979

L´estetico e il selvaggio, Galleria Civica, Modena

Italian Artists in the XV Biennale of S. Paolo, Brasile,

Quadriennale Nazionale d´Arte, Rome

1980

Die enthauptete Hand: 100 Zeichnungen von Italien, Kunstverein, Bonn;

Stadtische Galerie, Wolfsburg; Groninger Museum, Groningen

Chia, Cucchi, Merz, Calzolari, Galleria Gianenzo Sperone, Torino

Italiana: Nuova Immagine, Loggetta Lombardesca, Ravenna

1981

Heute.Weskunst, Museen der Stadtc Kaln, Cologne

I Biennale de Paris, Sara Hildenin Taidemuseo, Tampere, Finland

Chia, Clemente, Cucchi, Mariani, Morley, Salle, Schnabel,

Sperone Westwater Fischer Gallery, New York

1982

Contemporary Figurative Prints, Harcus Krakow Gallery, Boston

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

Vision in Disbelief. Fourth Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

´60 ´80 Attitudes/Concepts/Images, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

1983

New Italian Art, New Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cleveland

Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi: Bilder, Kunsthalle, Bielefeld;

Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek Artists from Sperone Westwater Fischer,

University of South Florida Art Galleries, College of Fine Arts, Tampa, Florida

1984

Sidney Janis Gallery, New York

Drawings, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York

Painting Now, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya; Municipal Museum of Art, Kitakyushu

Modern Expressionist: German, Italian and American Painters,

1985

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

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

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

1986

A propos de dessin, Galerie Adrien Maeght, Paris

Raume heutiger Zeichnung, Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

1987

Emerging Artists 1978-1986.

Selections from the Exxon Series, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Group Show, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich

1988

Visions/Revisions: Contemporary Representation, Marlborough Gallery, New York

Europa Oggi, Museo d´Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato

1989

Italian Art in the 20th Century, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Disegno italiano 1908-1988, Kunsthaus, Zurich

1990

Qu´estcequi est contemporain? II, Musèe d´art contemporain, Entrepot Lainè, Bordeaux

Tra mito e stereotipo, Galleria In Arco, Torino

1991

An Aspect of Contemporary Art, Setagaya Art Museum, Setagayaku, Tokyo

Ottanta Novanta, Monastero dei Benedettini, Montrèal

1992

Art d´Eco, Umetnosta Galerija, Maribor

Profili. Italia 1950-1990, XII Quadriennale, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma

1993

Tutte le strade portano a Roma? Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma

Selected Prints, Galerie Bernd Kluser, Munich

1994

Baselitz, Cucchi, Paladino, A.R. Penk. Grafiek, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium

Arte contemporanea dalla Collezione della Federazione cooperative Migros,

Museo Cantonale D’Arte, Lugano

1995

Festival Roma Europa, Accademia Tedesca, Villa Massimo, Roma

L’invenzione del paesaggio, Palazzina dei Giardini Pubblici, Modena

1996

Sammlung Marx, Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum fur Gegenwart, Berlin

Tradizione e innovazione. L´arte italiana dal 1945 a oggi,

National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea

1997

Collection, dècouverte, capc Musèe d´art contemporain, Bordeaux

La Collezione Loulakis. Disegni e fotografie da Klee a Mapplethorpe,

Palazzina dei Giardini Pubblici, Modena

1998

Artenergie: Art in Jeans, Palazzo Corsini, Firenze

Transavanguardia: Chia, Cucchi, Clemente, Paladino, Museum Wurth, Kunzelsau, Germany

1999

Enzo Cucchi, Artiscope, Brussels

2000

New Acquisition, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich

Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York

2001

Arte moderna italiana, Museum of contemporary Art, Tokyo

Transavanguardia Italiana, Incontri Internazionali, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai. Catalogo

Mythic Proportions: Painting in the 1980s, Museum of Contemporary Art Miami. Catalogo

Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

2002

Transavanguardia Italiana, Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli, Torino. Catalogo

Drawings 1979-2001, Artium, Vitoria-Gasteiz

2003

Seascape in Confrontation, Museum voor moderne Kunst, Oostende

La natura dell’arte, Annali delle Arti, Napoli

Grazie, Schloss Dyck, Dusseldorf. Catalogo

Montagna Da Durer à Warhol tra Arte e Scienza, MART, Rovereto. Catalogo

Enzo Cucchi al Portico d'Ottavia, Galleria Valentina Bonomo Arte Contemporanea, Roma

2004

Particular view, Galleria Alessandro Bagnai, Florence – Siena, Italy

2005

Mole Vanvitelliana, collettiva, Ancona

pitture per il cielo, aquiloni al sant’Erasmo , Palermo

Enzo Cucchi, Be.be.be, Quarter Centro Produzione Arte, Comme di Firenze, Florence

2006

Enzo Cucchi, Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, New York

2007

Enzo Cucchi,1977-2006, Museo Correr, Venice, Italy

2008

Mazzoli, collettiva, Modena

2009

ABCucchiBenvenutoDellavedova, galleria Mazzoli, Modena

2011

Transavanguardia, Palazzo Reale, Milano

2012

“La pittura Isola”, Galleria Bianca, Palermo

2013

Cattedrale, Istituto di Cultura Svizzera, Roma, catalogo

Dislessica, Galleria Bianca, Palermo

2014

Shit&Die, Curated by Maurizio Cattelan, Palazzo Cavour, Torino

La XIII luna, Furini Contemporary art, Arezzo

“Space is the place”, Fabio Marco Pirovino’s house, Basel (catalogo)

2015

Meraviglia, Cucchi, Chia, Warren, Hillsboro fine art, Dublin

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