Agostino Bonalumi  (Italian, 1935) 

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Agostino Bonalumi (Italian, b.1935) is an Italian abstract artist known for his estroflessioni or painting objects, and was one of the leading figures in the post-World War II Italian avant-garde. Born in Milan in 1935, Bonalumi studied technical and mechanical design at the Istituto Tecnico Industriale, but eventually abandoned his studies to become a painter. In the late 1950s, the artist befriended Piero Manzoni (Italian, 1933–1963) and Enrico Castellani (Italian, b.1930), and the three held their first exhibition together in 1958. The artists also co-founded the gallery Azimuth, as well as the publication of the same name.

During the 1960s, Bonalumi began creating reliefs and other sculptural objects, and by the 1970s, he turned away from the illusionism of painting completely to focus on three-dimensional works. Greatly inspired by Lucio Fontana (Argentine/Italian, 1899–1968) and his ground-breaking use of space, Bonalumi placed objects behind the canvas, which were then pressed against the surface to create the effect of volume beyond the picture plane. He was also commissioned to create sets for the Teatro Roma in Verona, as well as the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome.

Bonalumi has held exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world, including in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United States. In 2002, he was awarded the Presidente della Repubblica Prize. Bonalumi lives and works in Milan.

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Agostino Bonalumi, Untitled

 

Agostino Bonalumi
Untitled
1981

Cortesi Contemporary SA
Agostino Bonalumi, Untitled (White)

 

Agostino Bonalumi
Untitled (White)
1979

Cortesi Contemporary SA
Agostino Bonalumi, Estroflessione bianca

 

Agostino Bonalumi
Estroflessione bianca
1989

Cardi Gallery
Agostino Bonalumi, Untitled

 

Agostino Bonalumi
Untitled
1979

Cortesi Contemporary SA
Agostino Bonalumi, Nero

 

Agostino Bonalumi
Nero
1981

Cardi Gallery
Agostino Bonalumi, Blu

 

Agostino Bonalumi
Blu
1976

Cardi Gallery
Agostino Bonalumi, Azzurro

 

Agostino Bonalumi
Azzurro
1997

De Primi Fine Art SA
Agostino Bonalumi, Rosso

 

Agostino Bonalumi
Rosso
1974

Robilant & Voena
Agostino Bonalumi, Rosso

 

Agostino Bonalumi
Rosso
1968

Robilant & Voena
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Agostino Bonalumi, Two Wall Objects

 

Agostino Bonalumi
Two Wall Objects, 1966
mixed media (oil on canvas on filling material)

 

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Agostino Bonalumi, Senza titolo

 

Agostino Bonalumi
Senza titolo
mixed media on paper

 

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Agostino Bonalumi, Grigio

 

Agostino Bonalumi
Grigio, 1965
vinyl tempera on shaped canvas

 

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