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Portrait of the artist Fausto Melotti. Photo: Ugo Mulas (detail)
Portrait of the artist Fausto Melotti. Photo: Ugo Mulas (detail)

Fausto Melotti was a pioneer of geometric abstraction in Italy. His reputation as an artist is based on the geometrical, abstracted and simultaneously figurative-lyrical creations that can be traced back to the two formative disciplines of his work: music and the art of engineering. Melotti left behind an expansive work of Italian modernism consisting of drawings and ceramics, as well as his playful and poetical teatrini, which, through their distinctive style, fuse with his imaginative wire sculptures to form a surprisingly coherent oeuvre. In constant search for new materials and creative possibilities. Melotti´s work is invested with a singular motivation. Similar to his contemporary and long-time friend Lucio Fontana, Melotti sought to represent the essence of things, disregarding everything irrelevant. His work demonstrates this struggle for simplicity in expression through the careful choice and consequent treatment of his materials.

Uninfluenced by external trends, Melotti concentrated on questions that deal with juxtapositions such as figuration and abstraction, imagination and ratio, poetry and reality, lightness and melancholia. Fausto Melotti was born in 1901 in Rovereto near Trent. His work first began to receive widespread attention relatively late in Melotti’s life, at the end of the 1960s. Since then the artist has been honoured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, in Italy and increasingly worldwide. Fausto Melotti died in 1986 in Milan.

Publications

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions
2019
Fausto Melotti: Counterpoint

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London, UK

2018
Fausto Melotti: The Deserted City

Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY, USA

2018
Fausto Melotti. Sul disegno / On Drawing

Galleria Tonelli, Milan, Italy

2017
Fausto Melotti poetica dei segni

Museo della Permanente, Milan, Italy

2017
Fausto Melotti. Quando la musica diventa scultura

Castello di Miradolo, San Secondo di Pinerolo, Italy

2017
Fausto Melotti e Roma 1937 – 1985

Fondazione Tito Balestra Onlus – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Castello Malatestiano di Longiano, Longiano, Italy

2017
Melotti del rosario

Mesopica vedere vedere, Cernusco Lombardone, Italy

2016
Fausto Melotti grafiche incisioni sculture 1968/1978

Sala Lucio Fontana, Comabbio, Italy

2016
Fausto Melotti. Trappolando

Montrasio Arte, Milan, Italy

2015-16
Fausto Melotti

Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco-Ville, Monaco

2014
Il mondo di Fausto Melotti

Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris, France

2014
Homage to Fausto Melotti

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

2014-15
Fausto Melotti

Galería Elvira Gonzalez, Madrid, Spain

2013
Calder & Melotti – Children of the Sky

Ronchini Gallery, London, UK

2013
Fausto Melotti

Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany

2013
Fausto Melotti. Works on paper and plaster

Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2013
Dei Misteri Eluisini. Fausto Melotti

Galleria Repetto, Milan, Italy

2012
Fausto Melotti. Ritmi d'ottone e fragili terre

Il Chiostro Arte Contemporanea, Saronno, Italy

2012
Angelico geometrico

Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy

2012
Fausto Melotti nel ritratto degli amici

MUSMA Museo della Scultura Contemporanea, Matera, Italy

2012
Via Crucis di Fausto Melotti

MUSMA Museo della Scultura Contemporanea, Matera, Italy

2011-12
Fausto Melotti. A Cura di Germano Celant

MADRE – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples, Italy

2011
Fausto Melotti. Sculptures and Ceramics

Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2010-11
Fausto Melotti. Akrobat der Moderne

Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany; travelled to: Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

Group exhibitions
2020
Identities

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

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2019
L’architetto e i suoi amici. Opere della Collezione Peressutti

Fondazione Pasquinelli, Milan, Italy

2018
Osvaldo Borsani

Triennale Museum, Milan, Italy

2018
“Abstracta”. Da Balla alla Street Art. Un secolo di pittura astratta italiana

Museo Gagliardi di Noto, Noto, Italy

2018
Osvaldo Licini. Che un vento di follia totale mi sollevi

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

2018
Chi ha paura del disegno?

Museo del Novecento, Milan, Italy

2018
Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics. Italia 1918 – 1943

Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy

2018
De Calder à Koons, bijoux d’artistes. La collection idéale de Diane Venet

MAD – Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France

2017
Pompei@Madre. Materia Archeologica

MADRE – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples, Italy

2017
Novecento italiano. Una storia, Palazzo Reale

Sale Duca di Moltalto, Palermo, Italy

2017
Spring Show

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2017
Thea Djordjadze – Fausto Melotti. Abbandonando un’era che abbiamo trovato invivibile

La Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy

2017
LR100 Rinascente Stories of Innovation

Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy

2016
Mediterraneo luoghi e miti. Capolavori del MART

Museo Regionale Interdisciplinare di Messina – sede storica ex Filanda, Messina, Italy

2016
ECCE HOMO: da Marino Marini a Mimmo Paladino. La scultura di figura nell’arte italiana dal secondo dopoguerra ad oggi

La Mole – Magazzino Tabacchi, Ancona, Italy

2016
Il Mito Quotidiano. Arte italiana del 900 dalla collezione Tilocca

Museo Nivola, Orani, Italy

2016
Von Giorgio de Chirico bis Alighiero Boetti Italienische Zeichnungen und Druckgraphik aus der Sammlung

Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Germany

2016
Design Behind Design

Museo Diocesano, Milan, Italy

2015
CERAMIX. Art and ceramics from Rodin to Schütte

Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Netherlands; travelled to: La Maison Rouge – Sèvres, Cité de la céramique, Paris, France

2015
Italy

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2015
Per_formare una collezione #4. Per_forming a collection #4

MADRE – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina, Naples, Italy

2015
Adolfo Wildt 1868-1931. Le Dernier Symboliste

Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, France

2015
#collezionemart

MART – Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy

2015
Nel Mezzo del Mezzo. Arte contemporanea nel Mediterraneo

RISO – Museo d’arte contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo, Italy

2014
La Scultura. Ripensare le collezioni

CAMeC – Centro Arte Moderna e Contemporanea della Spezia, La Spezia, Italy

2014
TRAME. Le forme del rame tra arte contemporanea, design, tecnologia e architettura

Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy

2014
Equilibrium

Museo Salvatore Ferragamo, Florence, Italy

2014
TEMI & VARIAZIONI. L’Impero della Luce. Con un Omaggio a Fausto Melotti

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

2013
Accrochage

Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2013
Klee-Melotti

Museo d’Arte Città di Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland

2013
Melotti guarda Melotti

Museo Marino Marini, Florence, Italy

2013
Macht. Wahn. Vision. Der Turm Und Urbane Giganten In Der Skulptur

Städtische Museen Heilbronn, Heilbronn, Germany

2013
Tech Stories

Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, Milan, Italy

2012
Arcadia in Celle. Art for Nature and Nature for Art

Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul, France

2012
Addio Anni 70

Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy

2012
Adolfo Wildt. L'anima e la forma tra Michelangelo e Klimt

Musei San Domenico, Forlì, Italy

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