In 2018, Tornabuoni Art is pleased to announce a double exhibition dedicated to Afro Libio Basaldella (1912-1976), better known as Afro. In April 2018, Tornabuoni Art Paris will hold the artist’s retrospective in the heart of the Marais. Born in Udine to a family of painters and decorators, Afro quickly emerged — in the 1930s — as the most significant member of the School of Rome. From the 1950s, he traveled to the United States and developed an Abstract art between American influences and the great tradition of Venetian color. Close to Alberto Burri and Lucio Fontana, Afro is today considered one of the most important exponents of Italian Abstraction. The show, produced in collaboration with the Fondazione Archivio Afro, will present artworks from the 1940s to the 1970s. The last room will be dedicated to preparatory drawings of the monumental mural fresco The Garden of Hope, created in 1958 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The exhibition will be documented with a catalogue edited by Philip Rylands, Emeritus Director of the Venice Peggy Guggenheim Collection. On this occasion, a study of the UNESCO’s fresco by Anne Monfort, curator at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris will also be published. For the second part of the show, around twenty of Afro’s masterpieces will be exhibited in October 2018 at Tornabuoni Art London, with the aim of creating awareness and presenting the Anglo-Saxon public with one of the most important artists of Italian Abstract art.
Founded in Florence in 1981 by Roberto Casamonti, on the street that gave the gallery its name, Tornabuoni Art opened other exhibition spaces in Crans-Montana (1993), Milan (1995), Forte Dei Marmi (2004), Paris (2009) and London (2015). Specializing in Post-War Italian art, the gallery presents the work of artists such as Fontana, Burri, Castellani, Bonalumi, Boetti, Scheggi and Manzoni. Tornabuoni Art participates in major international art fairs such as the FIAC in Paris, TEFAF in Maastricht and New York, Art Basel, Art Basel Miami, Art Basel Hong Kong, Miart in Milan, Frieze Masters in London, Artgeneve in Geneva and Artmontecarlo in Monaco.
Carla Accardi / Valerio Adami / Afro / Giacomo Balla / Alberto Biasi / Alighiero Boetti / Agostino Bonalumi / Alberto Burri / Giuseppe Capogrossi / Enrico Castellani /Mario Ceroli / Giuseppe Chiari / Giorgio de Chirico / Piero Dorazio / Lucio Fontana / Emilio Isgrò / Jannis Kounellis / Piero Manzoni / Marino Marini / Giorgio Morandi / Mikayel Ohanjanyan / Luigi Ontani / Mimmo Paladino / Giulio Paolini / Pino Pascali / Francesca Pasquali / Michelangelo Pistoletto / Arnaldo Pomodoro / Mimmo Rotella / Salvatore Scarpitta / Paolo Scheggi / Gino Severini / Turi Simeti / Emilio Vedova / Gilberto Zorio