Design & Decoration S04 ep8 : Tornbuoni, Tornbuoni Gallery, [STATE]
Interview with Tornbuoni
International modern and contemporary art Also present in Italy (Florence, Milan, Portofino and Forte di Marmi) and in Switzerland (Crans-Montana). Highly specialized in Italian Art from the second half of the XXth century (Alighiero e Boetti, Agostino Bonalumi, Enrico Castellani, Dadamaino, Piero Dorazio, Lucio Fontana, and Piero Manzoni), Tornabuoni Art also proposes permanent works by international avant-garde artists of the XXth century (Picasso, Miro, Kandinsky, Hartung, Poliakoff, Dubuffet, Lam, Matta, Christo, Wesselmann, Warhol, and Basquiat, just to name a few) as well as by the main artists in the Italian Novecento (De Chirico, Morandi, Balla, Severini and Sironi).
Tornbuoni is a group of seven gallery and my father is vice-president of the Italian
galleries and it's natural with the Italian artist to approach international collector. So
the first time it was in Switzerland in Clamontana and the second time in
To be a very good gallerist, you have to think like a collector. We laugh together
and Italian artist Pismire, especially Lucio Fontana and Alberto Burri, Geramanzoni
and I love more than every other artist Alegaro Boiti and Mariocharoli and all art
The first love Italian art changed. The language of the art, with Fontana begin the
Moroccan war in the art contemporary. With Burris the work on the material,
Alegaro Boiti, the conceptual war. 17:51
Fontana work on the three dimensional dimension. Fontana want to show that it's
possible to have in one painting, one sculpture, from 1936 he write to the Manifesto
Bianco and he explained that he want to have it listed to the national style in this
My father know Lucio Fontana in 60 and 62, when he was not very fan. He didn't
buy directly by Fontana the painting. Fontana is dead in 68, so we can find the
painting of Fontana just in Secumashy.18:43
Fontana now is in all very important collection, but twenty years ago it was
difficult to propose Fontana. It was very rare to find the client that in the first
approach love Fontana. 19:04
Fontana write exactly these concepts for the new art, Manifesto Bianco Per Latin
wamar in 1936, the first time when he came back from Argentina to Italy in Milan.
He think directly this concept and for one thousand eight hundred paintings, they
have just same title, Contraltos Grater, because for Fontana it's a sense of concepts.
The first part of the fifty years Fontana work with the hole on the canvas and stone.
In the second part of fifty, Fontana realize a Baracoa series, it's with piates armed
plait, after the 59 and 60, Fontana realize the first slash. He changed the color on
the sides, but the concept is the same. 20:10
This is a very important example, this is a red one, 92 centimeters, 73, one slash
and writes and then, in this painting you have not oil, not prospectuses, not
structure, just one simple slash. 20:39
In 1959, the first slash between the first lash and the slash is black on black. It' not
too easy to see this slash and in this case sometime I use the gold color for this
different form. 21:05
This is painting from 1963, 64 and you have a criteria, sometime I call the criteria
this big hole and use, not what I call a that oil and in this kind of painting
sometimes I use a nail to realize this little sign around the hole. 21:34
Sometime I call Morocco, this painting because it use pietas and the paintings give
an effect like twinkle. Back in the gold in traditional Baracoa art in Italy. So there
are one other fifty painting with this technique, fifty-six, fifty-seven, fifty-eight.
The slash is the hand of the slash of Fontana, the minimal. Fontana realized that the
hole is the beginning of this research and we have a painting, the last one, where we
can see the hole is larger. 22:28
The first price in our booth for a little Fontana white on slash, it's six hundred
thousand and more expensive is more than five million. 22:47
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