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Gianfranco Baruchello

was born in Livorno in 1924, and lives and works in Rome and Paris.

Gianfranco Baruchello

In the late 1950s, he explored the latest American and European developments, while maintaining his own independent path. Autonomy of thought and action that has constantly pursued is one of the traits that best characterize his work, developed both parallel to and “solitarily” from dominant trends.

Baruchello met Marcel Duchamp in 1962. His collaborators have included Felix Guattari, David Cooper and Jean-François Lyotard, who published a book about Baruchello (La pittura del segreto nell’epoca postmoderna, 1982).

In addition to video and film – with which he has experimented since 1963 –, his expressive means came to include drawing, painting, activity, writing and poetry, objects, happenings, and installation, progressively moving away from traditional languages and pushing the boundaries of experimentation. An interest in cataloguing and archives, operations of assemblage of common objects, the interactions between art, agriculture and zoology and the choice to work under the real or fictitious names of companies are only some of the aspects of Baruchello’s work.

After his first solo exhibition at the Galleria La Tartaruga in Rome in 1963, his work has been the subject of many exhibitions in pretigious international insutitons such as, the gallery du Cercle (1962) and the gallery Yvon Lambert (1967) Paris, Sidney Janis (1962) and Cordier & Ekstrom Galleries (1964, 1966), New York, MoMA (1965, 1970) and Guggenheim Museums in New York (1966, 1969 e 1970), Palais des Beaux-Arts (1967, 1974) Brussels, the Gallery Buchholz (1971, 1979, 1985) and Michael Hasenclever (1988, 1989, 1998, 2005), Monaco, the Galleria Milano, Milan (1981, 1985, 1987, 1995, 2002, 2008, 2011), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2009), Musée d’Art Moderne (1968, 1970, 1975 e 1976) and Centre Pompidou (1989, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2009, 2010 e 2011) Paris, MACRO, Rome (2006, 2012), the Serpentine Gallery, London (2011). Recently he exhibited in Brussels, (Greta Meert Gallery, 2004, 2006, 2010), in Berlin (Michael Janssen Gallery, 2009), and in Rome (RAM, 2012, 2013).

Baruchello participated in dOCUMENTA in Kassel (1976, 2012) and in numerous editions of the International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale (1972, 1976, 1980, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1993 e 2011). He founded the Fondazione Baruchello in 1998 and in 2011 he had a major retrospective at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome.