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Valerio Adami    (Italian, 1935)

 Valerio Adami - A Midsummer Night's Dream (Paintings) h: 194 x w: 203 cm / h: 76.4 x w: 79.9 in
Valerio Adami
A Midsummer Night's Dream 1983
 
 Valerio Adami - Goodbye My Dear (Paintings) h: 198 x w: 147 cm / h: 78 x w: 57.9 in
Valerio Adami
Goodbye My Dear 1991
 
 

Biography
1935 Valerio Adami was born on the 17th March in Italy. His first drawings in Milan were of ruins; the bombing raids and skies lit up by incendiary flares had left an enduring impression in his early years.
1952 Makes his first trip to Paris where he meets Matta and Wilfredo Lam who become life-long friends.
1946 - 1955 Attends the Leo XIII Jesuit College in Milan. Begins painting at the studio of Felice Carena in Venice. Meets Ezra Pound and Oscar Kokoschka. Academy of Brera in Milan for 5 years.
1956 Makes his first trip to London, where he meets Francis Bacon and William Scott.
1961 Participates at the Italian Artists Exhibition at the Jewish Museum of New York.
1962 Roland Penrose invites him to exhibit at the ICA in London. Marries Camilla. Meets regularly with Jim Dine and Richard Hamilton.
1964 Invited to show his work at the Documenta III in Kassel.
1966 Spends his winter in New York, taking up residence at the Chelsea Hotel. Hosted by Cuba, spends 3 months in Havana.
1968 The Venice Biennale dedicates a room to his work. The catalogue includes a text by his friend Carlos Fuentes, Líneas para Adami. Features in Dada Surrealism and their Heritage at the MOMA in New York.
1969 Stays in Caracas for a major one-man show at the Museo de Bellas Artes. Befriends Octavio Paz in Mexico City.
1970 Retrospective at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris. Represented by Galerie Maeght in Paris.
1971 Produces a full-length film Vacanze nel deserto, whose cast includes Camilla, Erró and Dino Buzzati. In Paris, befriends philosopher Jacques Derrida. Designs poster for Glas, which is to become an icon of deconstructionism. Derrida dedicates to his work the essay + R (pas dessus le marché).
1976 First trip to India followed by a long journey through Scandinavia.
1977 Spends a lengthy time in Mexico following an exhibition at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City. The Israel Museum hosts a retrospective. Spends the summer in Jerusalem. 1980 Takes up residence in the Principality of Monaco. Travels to Greece. Italo Calvino writes Quattro fiabe d’Esopo per Valerio Adami.
1985 Major retrospective at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Stops dating his paintings.
1988 The French State commissions a portrait of the composer Pierre Boulez. Also produces a large-scale fresco for the façade of the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
1990 Major retrospective at the IVAM Centre Julio Gonzáles in Valencia. Octavio Paz writes La línea narrativa, dedicated to his work.
1992 Makes four large wall paintings for the Park Hyatt Hotel in Tokyo designed by the architect Kenzo Tange. Has a one-man show at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel.
1996 - 1998 Retrospectives in Florence and in Bochum.
1998 Inauguration of an exhibition at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires. An Italian edition of his notebooks is published. Sets up the Fondazione Europea del Disegno, in Meina, on Lake Maggiore.
2001 Prepares the Opera stage for Der Fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner. His book Dessiner. La gomme et le crayon, is published by Editions Galilée.
2003 Makes two large wall paintings for the new Mandarin Hotel at Columbus Circus in New York.
2003 Gives a series of lectures in France and Europe on Cézanne, in the painter’s studio in Aix-en-Provence; on Ferdinand Léger at Musée Chagall in Nice; on drawing at the University of Valencia.
2006 Retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lisbon.
2008 French philosopher Michel Onfray writes Le chiffre de la peinture. L’œuvre de Valerio Adami.
2009 Invited as ‘master of drawing’ to give a course on the metaphysics of the body during the Schwäbischer Kunstsommer in Irsee (Germany).
Public Collections
Musée National d’art Moderne/Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (France)
Collection de l’État Français
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (France)
Musée d’Art Moderne de Grenoble (France)
Musée Cantini d’Art Moderne de Marseille (France)
Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul de Vence (France)
Musée de Strasbourg (France)
Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne (France)
Musée Picasso, Antibes (France)
Museum of Modern Art, Minneapolis (U.S.A.)
Museum of Modern Art, Pittsburgh (U.S.A.)
Mc.Crory Corporation, New York (U.S.A.)
Museo de Arte Moderno, Caracas (Venezuela)
IVAM – Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia (Spain)
Fondacción Miro, Barcelona (Spain)
Musée des Beaux Arts, Brussels (Belgium)
Musée d’Art Moderne, Liège (Belgium)
Museum van Heedendaagse Kunst, Gand (Belgium)
Rotterdam Museum, Rotterdam (Holland)
Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, München (Germany)
Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim (Germany)
Museo d’Arte Moderna, Rome (Italy)
Museo d’Arte Moderna Palazzo Reale, Milan (Italy)
Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bergamo (Italy)
Museo d’Arte moderna, Lissone (Italy)
Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki (Finland)
Maija and Urpo Lahtinen Foundation, Villa Urpo, Tampere (Finland)
Museum of Art, Tel Aviv (Israel)
Frissiras Museum, Athens (Greece)
Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias, Oviedo (Spain)
Musée d’Art contemporaine, Montecarlo (Monaco)

Exhibitions
2009 Valerio Adami: Postlude, The Mayor Gallery, London, UK
2007 Valerio Adami, Jusqu’ici, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
2006 Adami d’après Adami, The Museum of Contemporary, Lisbon, Portugal
2005 Galerie Marlbourough Madrid, Spain
2005 Musée Nogueira da Silva, Braga, Portugal
2004 Valerio Adami, Frissiras Museum, Athens, Greece
2004 Valerio Adami : preludes et apres-ludes, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
2003 Collective exhibition at Galerie Serge Laurent, Paris, France
2003 Valerio Adami, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
2002 Solo exhibitions at:
Galerie Forsblom in Helsinki, Finland
Galerie Marlborough in Monaco: Translation of his books at the Editions Galilée in Paris under the title 'Dessiner Exposition personnelle de dessins'
Galerie Marlborough in New York, USA
Galerie Serge Laurent in Paris, France
1998 Retrospective at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, Argentina
1997 Retrospective in Tel Aviv, Israel
1996 Institute of Design, Foundation Adami : texts by Daniel Arasse, Luciano Berio, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Dupin, Carlos Funentes, etc. (éditions Skira, Milan)
1996 Jacques Dupin, Carlos Funentes, etc. (éditions Skira, Milan)
1994 Retrospective at Sienne, in the salles du Palazoo Publico and the Magazzini del Sale
Exhibition at Galerie Lelong in Paris, France
1990 Retrospective at the Centre Julio-Gonzalez de Valence in Spain; preface by Octavo Paz
1989 Paints Valmy, a monumental painting ordered for the bicentennial celebration of the French Revolution; as well as a large fresco dedicated to french music, from Debussy to Messiaen, for the Théâtre du Châelet in Paris, France
1986 Paints two monumental pieces for the Gare d'Austerlitz in Paris, France
1985 Retrospective at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France; text by Dore Ashton, G.F. Lyotard and Alfred Pacquement
1983 Valerio Adami, Fuji Television, Tokyo, Japan
1975 Designs a poster for Glas de Jacques Derrida
1970 Solo exhibition at L'ARC, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and at the Galerie Adrien-Maeght, where he will exhibit regularly. The catalogue is prefaced by Jacques Dupin.
1964 Documenta III, Kassel, Germany
1957 First solo exhibition in Milan, Italy

Literature
2004 Valerio Adami : preludes et apres lude, Edouard Glissant, Editions Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris
2004 Valerio Adami : Stanze Museo Villa de Cedri, Bellinzona
2000 Adami : les couleurs et les mors, Editions du Cherche-Midi, Paris
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