Press release

AMEDEO MARTEGANI
19 April - 20 June 2002

We are pleased to announce the exhibition of Amedeo Martegani, a Milanese artist who has been prominent on the Italian art scene for more than a decade.

Right from the beginning of his artistic journey, Amedeo Martegani used different techniques to "represent ideas, not forms" and "to give life to images in an unexpected way".

In this exhibition he is showing six large paintings, as well as sculptures in ceramic and glass. The paintings, which depict dark branches against a light sky, transform the gallery space into a wood, multiplying trees and branches from room to room. The ceramics, which represent rocks and mountains, are covered with subtle lines that seem to transform them into drawings. His works fall intentionally between the different disciplines, exploring the mental spaces between painting and photography, sculpture and drawing, abstraction and representation.

Born in Milan in 1963, Amedeo Martegani made his debut in 1985 in the "Brown Boveri" factory, an alternative space that served as a catalyst for creative energy, and which soon attracted emerging figures on the 1980s artistic scene, including Stefano Arienti, Marco Mazzucconi and others. The group exhibited at Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea in Milano as early as 1986 in an exhibition organised by Corrado Levi "Il Cangiante", and at Studio Marconi in 1987. Subsequently, Martegani exhibited in galleries and museums in Italy and abroad, often in collaboration with other artists from the group. He held personal exhibitions at the Galleria Massimo De Carlo in 1988, 1990 and 1993, the Massimo Minini in Brescia and Raucci/Santamaria in Naples in 1992; at Emilio Mazzoli gallery in Modena in 1995, 1996 and 1999. He participated in group shows at the Museo Pecci di Prato in 1990, the Museum für Moderne Kunst of Vienna in 1991, the Analix gallery of Geneva in 1992, the Fukuyama Museum of Art in Japan and the Trevi Flash Art Museum in 1994. His works have also been displayed at the exhibitions "More than Real" at the Reggia di Caserta in 1996 and "Minimalia" , curated by Achille Bonito Oliva at the Querini Dubois Foundation in Venice in 1997, that travelled to Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome in 1998 and to PS1 in New York in 1999. In 2001 he participated in the Biennale of Contemporary Art of Valencia.