Guido Biasi - Un eretico dell'arte

23 September - 7 November 2008


opening: Monday 22th September 2008, 9pm.

Through the exhibitions dedicated to its 50th anniversary, Galleria Blu has shown what has been its vision and philosophy of the art during these past 10 years. Besides the traditional fields of research, it paid particular attention to artists who worked from the 1960s onwards, in a field which was not highly respected by critics or by the market. So, after the exhibitions of Vincenzo Ferrari and Claudio Costa, we are now opening the "heretic artist" Guido Biasi's one-man exhibition.

Guido Biasi's independence from tendency and fashion is the mark of both the man and his work, his "heresy". His extraordinary natural skill, enriched by a big and varied cultural sensitiveness, makes him a "maverick artist" who investigates the interaction between objective datum (both practical and linguistic) and perception (outside and inside) being aware of the basic artistic problems that only a tireless observer of the human mind's most complex parts could turn into poetry.  The exhibited works are the best examples of his research path.   Among them, the Tributes (to Borges, Henry James, Proust and Redon), l'Hommage à la Hollande (whose special position in artistic dialectics earned him a place at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, 1969),  "mnemoteche", and "memorie ecologiche" and "museologie". A very important work of this period is  Museologia (1976), exhibited today and already shown at the  XXXVIII Biennale di Venezia, 1978. The exibition will be opening monday September 22nd,2008 at 9 pm till November 7th,2008.

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Naples in 1933, Guido Biasi studied at the Artistic High School and at the College of Fine Arts in his hometown. In 1954 he became a member of  Movimento di Pittura Nucleare (Nuclear Painting Movement) and in 1957 he signed the Abisola Marina Manifesto with Colucci, Piero Manzoni, Sordini and Verga.  The following year he took part in the establishment of "Gruppo 58" - with Luca (Luigi Castellano), Del Pezzo, Di Bello and Fergola. He wrote down the manifesto of the group.  From 1959 on, he worked for the reviews "Documento sud" and "Linea sud".

In 1960, he was in New York where he took part in the International Exhibition of Surrealism; "Surrealist Intrusion in the Enchanters' Domain", by André Breton and Marcel Duchamp. In the same year he moved to Paris where he remained.  In the early years of his Paris life he attended the group "Phases"; he worked for the Homonymous review, and also for the review "Edda", published in Brussels.    

From 1968 onwards he would often go back to Milan, even for long stays.  He dies in Paris in 1983.

The list of his one-man exhibitions shows the great interest that galleries all over Europe had in his works since the early 1960s. He was in Basle, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne, London, Paris. In 1964 he was in New York and again in Brussels, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Grenoble, Malmoe, Bourges, Château roux, etc.

In Italy we remember his presence at the  Biennale di Venezia (1972 and 1978),  Quadriennale di Roma (1972). Very important was his presence at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1969), at the invitation to the Biennale Internazionale in Sao Paulo, Brasil (1972) and the XXV Salone della Giovane Pittura di Parigi (1974).

Some of the most qualified scholars have written about him in Italy. Among them: Barilli, Caramel, Crispol-ti, Fagone, Menna, Sanguineti, Schwarz and Varga.