Artist

Gianfranco Baruchello

Born in Livorno in 1924, Gianfranco Baruchello lives and works in Rome. Interested in experimenting with techniques and languages, he was part of the European avant-garde in the 1960s. Trained as an economist and with a scientific mind (he first worked as director of biomedical research), in 1959 he decided to dedicate himself entirely to art. In 1962 he met Marcel Duchamp, who became a friend, and John Cage, and came into contact with Pop art, American Abstract Expressionism and the new European Realism. His artistic work began with fragmented and miniaturist paintings on large white surfaces, upon which he inscribed signs, writings and drawings, often referencing the symbols of consumer society and television. In parallel, since the sixties he has been producing experimental films in the manner of collages, using American mainstream cinema and advertising as source material. Going back decades, Baruchello has produced work, not-easily classifiable, that includes calligraphic painting, objects, literary texts, experimental cinema, cassettes and agricultural projects. In 1973 he founded Agricola Cornelia S.p.A, an agricultural property owned by the artist near Via di Santa Cornelia, on the outskirts of Rome, which functioned as a running farm, artistic happening and political project until 1981, and was heavily influenced by Duchamp and Joseph Beuys. His circle of friends include European thinkers who have written on his work, such as Jean-François Lyotard, a theoretician of postmodernity, and writers such as Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, Dore Ashton, Nanni Balestrini, Alain Jouffroy and Edoardo Sanguineti, among others. Since the sixties, Baruchello’s work has been exhibited in numerous European galleries and in institutions such as MoMA, New York (1966); Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (1967); Kunstverein, Frankfurt (1975); Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (1975); Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea, Rome (1997 and 2001). He has participated in the Venice Biennale (1976, 1990 and 2013); Venice Film Festival (2004); and Documenta, Kassel (1977). The ZKM in Karlsruhe and the Deichtorhallen Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg, organised a major retrospective of his work in 2014.

Works

  • Títol:
    A Trusted Friend of Odysseus
    Data:
    1969
    Tipus d'obra:
    Painting
    Procedencia:
    MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Work purchased thanks to María Entrecanales
  • Títol:
    Never Mind no Mind
    Data:
    1966
    Tipus d'obra:
    Painting
    Procedencia:
    MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Work purchased thanks to María Entrecanales
  • Títol:
    A Trusted Friend of Odysseus
    Data:
    1969
    Tipus d'obra:
    Painting
    Procedencia:
    MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Work purchased thanks to María Entrecanales
  • Títol:
    Never Mind no Mind
    Data:
    1966
    Tipus d'obra:
    Painting
    Procedencia:
    MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Work purchased thanks to María Entrecanales

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