Founded and directed by Renata Bianconi, Galleria Bianconi has for many years carried out meticulous research in the field of Italian art of the second half of the twentieth century. Together with the most celebrated names, the Gallery has particularly concentrated on rediscovering those masters who, for various reasons, have recently been neglected, to put them once again into the spotlight among collectors, historians, curators and institutions. It has once again focused on the works of powerful artistic personalities of great vision but who also show an independent, personal style of their own and who maintained a close interaction with the social context and with the artistic forces of their day.
To perform this painstaking work of promotion, the Gallery has set up joint ventures with other public and private institutions at the national and international level, and it also works with a number of art historians, including Flaminio Gualdoni, with whom it has put on several exhibitions over the past few years. These include the solo shows “Michele Zaza. Il Sogno del Viaggiatore” and “Vasco Bendini. Time and Light”, the double-solo “Giacinto Cerone and Nanni Valentini: Apparizione di luoghi / Appearances of Places”, the important group exhibition “Un probabile umore dell’idea. Quattro scultori del dopoguerra Fontana, Leoncillo, Valentini, Zauli”, the “Carlo Zauli, scultore” exhibition at Palazzo Bricherasio in Turin, which was co-produced with Fondazione Palazzo Bricherasio and Museo Carlo Zauli, “Pensare concreto. Soldati, Nigro, Davico, Nativi, Crippa”, and the historic reconstruction of the room of Mario Davico at the 31st Venice Biennale in 1962, which was shown in Milan in a solo project at the 2012 MiArt.
The same distinctive approach to research into our recent past is also applied to the present in b.projects, an area devoted to the contemporary world.
The aim is to create cultural projects that can give added value and bring about a positive encounter of energies for the development of contemporary society, starting out from the powerful, individual visions of artists of our day, both emerging and well-established.
b.projects experiments with new forms of interaction and production, involving artists from the international world of contemporary art. The first project it created came in 2011 under the title “Click or Clash? Strategies of Collaboration”, curated by Julia Draganovic and LaRete Art Projects.
This is a multifaceted long-term project investigating and analysing the various possibilities of artistic and curatorial “collaboration” at various levels of involvement, in which a variety of different figures and actors intertwine, interact and “clash” in artistic, curatorial, non-profit, market, institutional, territorial and other terms. Since October 2011, the project has included artists such as Cesare Pietroiusti, Via Lewandowsky, Luigi Presicce, Alexandre Arrechea, Gian Maria Tosatti, Yves Netzhammer, Maria Elvira Escallon, Niklas Goldbach, Isola Art Center, Pablo Helguera and Maria Jose Arjona.
Together with this type of project, the gallery also puts on interdisciplinary cultural initiatives such as the cycle of meetings curated by Christian Caliandro, “Storia come Natura. Gli anni’70 e Carlo Zauli” which, from May to September 2012, has involved intellectuals, writers and essayists such as Massimiliano Panarari, Antonio Scurati, Marcello Fois, Nanni Ballestrini and Marco Belpoliti.