Marco Gastini

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Marco Gastini was born in Turin in 1938. After taking his diploma at the fine arts academy of Turin in 1960, he went beyond the stagnation of late informal art with a form of painting made up of traces and minimal gestures, approaching the territory of contemporary Minimal Art, and later Analytic Painting. In 1966 he began teaching at the artistic secondary school, a position he was to hold until 1985. In 1967-68 he produced spray paintings featuring continuous vital flows across the neutral surface of the canvas. In the early ’seventies he reached another, more radical turning point, using materials apparently marking a move away from painting, but actually expressing a new way of understanding it. The issue of the close relationship between paint and space, both mental and physical, became a constant presence in his idiom. This was the time of his first lead and antimony casts on walls, introduced in 1970. The notions of space, energy, tension, involvement, and attraction and repulsion in relation to their context have always been primary and essential features of his work.  

After a long period of colourless work, in white, black, and graffiti on clear surfaces, use of colour powerfully burst out in his work, along with the most disparate materials, chosen partly for their colours: from woods to stones, from parchment to iron, and from chalk to terracotta.

His works flow off the surface of the canvas, paper or other substrate to take over the walls and spaces around them, creating a physical impact. 

In the mid-nineties Gastini’s artistic vocabulary was transformed yet again, creating works in which signs are made objective, with ribbons and iron rods, always in a close plastic relationship with the paint on the substrates. At the same time, the artist’s work increasingly related to the world outside; he created imposing installations on the façades of buildings, in city squares and under loggias, invading architectural and urban space and dialoguing with the history and atmosphere of the place.

Invited repeatedly to the Biennale di Venezia (in 1976 and 1982), the artist has works on exhibit in numerous private collections and museums all over the world.
The artist passed away in Turin in 2018.

Solo exhibitions


Duetti, Galleria Nicola Pedana, Caserta, Italy



ACCART – Antonella Cattani Contemporary Art, Bolzano, Italy

Polifonie, Museo Pecci, Spazio Borgogno, Milan, Italy



Carte, Galleria T.A.C., Perugia, Italy



Contrappunti. Con una finestra sullo studio, MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Monadi e numeri, Galleria Progettoarte-elm, Milan, Italy

Nel volo… sospeso, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Salone Napoleonico, Milan, Italy



Attimi sospesi, Walter Storms Galerie, Monaco di Baviera

Miraggi e riflessi e Terre e altre storie, Palazzo Risolo e Spazio Cactus, Specchia, Italy

Palazzo Pepoli Campogrande, Bologna, Italy

… settanta, Otto Gallery, Bologna, Italy



Sospensione, Galleria Giorgio Persano, Turin, Italy

Il canto delle pietre, installazione permanente, Sentè d’Art, Bossolasco, Cuneo, Italy

Nel volo… attorno, Galleria dello Scudo, Verona, Italy



Immagini, Forme e Natura delle Alpi, Palazzo Sertoli, Galleria Credito Valtellinese, Sondrio, Italy

La pittura… addosso, 2000 & Novecento Galleria d’Arte, Reggio Emilia, Italy

1 2 3, NMB studio, Turin, Italy



Il respiro e l’aria, Otto Gallery, Bologna, Italy



Spirale Arte, Milan, Italy

Galleria Bruno, Cosenza, Italy

Galleria Carte d’arte, Catania, Italy

Chiesa di S. Giacomo, Treville, Italy

CAMeC, La Spezia, Italy

Kunsthalle, Goeppingen, Germany

Galleria Dell’Oca, Rome, Italy



Pinacoteca, Varallo Pombia, Italy

Walter Storms galerie, Monaco

Linea d’ombra Galleria Disegno, Mantova, Italy



Galleria Volume!, Rome, Italy



Lorenzelli Arte, Milan, Italy



Galleria civica d’arte moderna e contemporanea, Turin, Italy

Galleria Plurima, Udine, Italy

Già Via Nuova per l’arte contemporanea, Florence, Italy

Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Monaco



Galerie Walter Storms, Monaco

Galleria Martano, Turin, Italy

Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Los Angeles, California



Sportswear Company, Milan, Italy

Galleria Artipici Carteriani, Modena, Italy

Galleria Il Cenacolo, Trento, Italy



Tempo Reale, Brunnenburg, Merano, Italy

Orangerie im Schlopark Belvedere, Weimar, Germany

John Weber Gallery, New York, USA



Siena, opere nella città, Italy



Galerie Krief, Parigi, France

Studio G7, Bologna, Italy

Galleria Maura Cocchi, Parma, Italy

Piece Unique, Parigi, France



Studio La Città, Verona, Italy

Galerie Walter Storms, Monaco

Villa Valdberta, Feldafing, Germany



Galleria Martano, Turin, Italy

Fondo Rivetti per l’Arte, Turin, Italy

John Weber Gallery, New York, USA

Galleria Disegno, Mantova, Italy



Galerie Hans Barlach, Köln, Germany

Galleria Civica d’Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italy

Galerie Hans Barlach, Amburgo, Germany

Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany

Kunstverein St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Germany

Galerie Appel und Fertsch,  Frankfurt, Germany



Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Italy

Villa delle Rose, Bologna, Italy



Studio La Città, Verona, Italy

GalerieWalter Storms, Monaco

Galleria Il Cenacolo,Trento, Italy



Galleria Il Triangolo Nero, Alessandria, Italy

Galerie Brandstetter & Wyss, Zurigo, Switzerland

Studio G7, Bologna, Italy

Galleria Franca Mancini, Pesaro, Italy

John Weber Gallery, New York, USA 



Gallerie Krista Mikkola, Helsinki, Finland

Galerie Hans Barlach, Amburgo, Germany

Galleria Martano, Torino, Italy

Barbara Kornblatt Gallery, Washington, USA

John Weber Gallery, New York, USA

Museo de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil



Galleria Mèta, Bolzano, Italy

Galleria Martano, Artforum, Amburgo, Germany

Installazione, Città di San Giminiano, Italy

Piazza Pecori e Villa della Rocca, Italy

Galleria Oddi Baglioni, Rome, Italy

John Weber Gallery, New York, USA

Galerie Hans Barlach, Köln, Germany

Galleria Studio G7, Bologna, Italy



Galerie Susanna Kulli, St. Gallen., Switzerland

Galleria Martano / Forum, Zurigo, Switzerland

Studio Carlo Grossetti, Milano, Italy

Galleria Arte & Altro, Milano, Italy

Galleria Rossana Ferri, Modena, Italy

Castel Burio, Burio di Costigliole d’Asti, Italy



Galerie Appel und Fertsch, Francoforte, Germany

Gallerie Krista Mikkola, Helsinki, Finland 

Galerie Walter Storms, Monaco

Galerie Wassermann, Monaco

John Weber Gallery, New York, USA



Olsson Gallery, Stoccolma, Sweden

Galleria Martano, Torino, Italy

Galerie Nordenhake, Malmö, Sweden



Galerie Susanna Kulli, St. Gallen, Switzerland

PAC, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

Galleria Plurima, Udine, Italy

Studio Dossi, Bergamo, Italy

Galerie Krohn, Badenweiler, Germany

Studio Carlo Grossetti, Milan, Italy



Olsson Gallery, Stoccolma, Sweden

Galleria L’Isola, Rome, Italy    

Galleria Civica, Modena, Italy

Galleria Plurima, Udine, Italy

Galleria Ariete Grafica, Milan, Italy

Galerie D+C Mueller-Roth, Stuttgart, Germany



Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy

Studio G7, Bologna,Italy

Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Monaco

John Weber Gallery, New York, USA 

Biennale Internazionale di Arti Visive, Venezia, Italy

Galleria Mèta, Bolzano, Italy



Galleria Taide, Salerno, Italy

Galleria Martano, Turin, Italy

Galerie Appel und Fertsch, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Karmeliter Kloster, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

Salone Villa Romana, Firenze, Italy

Galleria Vigato, Alessandria, Italy



Centre d’Art Contemporain, Genève, Switzerland

Galerie Walter Storms, Villigen, Switzerland

Gallerie Annemarie Verna, Zürich, Switzerland



John Weber Gallery, New York, USA

Galerie Baronian, Bruxelles, Belgium

Studio G7, Bologna, Italy



Galerie Walter Storms, Monaco

Galleria Il Banco, Brescia, Italy

Galleria La Tartaruga, Rome, Italy

Galerie Walter Storms, Monaco

Multi Art Points, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Studio Carlo Grossetti, Milan, Italy



Galleria Christian Stein, Turin, Italy

Galerie D+C Mueller-Roth, Stuttgart, Germany

Galleria Forma, Genova, Italy

John Weber Gallery, New York, USA

Galleria E Tre, Rome, Italy

Galleria Spagnoli, Firenze, Italy



Galleria Sperone, Rome, Italy

Galleria Primo Piano, Rome, Italy

Galerie Baronian, Bruxelles, Belgium

Galerie Annemarie Verna, Zurigo, Switzerland

Salone Annunciata, Milan, Italy

Biennale Internazionale di Arti Visive, Venezia, Italy



Salone Annunciata, Milan, Italy

Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, California 

Galleria Peccolo, Livorno, Italy



Galleria Il Banco, Brescia, Italy

Galerie m, Bochum, Germany

Galleria Il Sole, Bolzano, Italy

Galerie D+C Mueller-Roth, Stuttgart, Germany

Galerie Swart, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Galleria Ferrari, Verona, Italy

Galleria Bottello, Turin, Italy

Galleria Nova, Prato, Italy



Galleria Primo Piano, Rome, Italy

Galerie Argès, Bruxelles, Belgium

Galerie Annemarie Verna, Zurigo, Switzerland



Galleria Beniamino, Sanremno, Italy

Galleria Fiori, Firenze, Italy

Les Halles, Bruges, Blegium

Salone Annunciata, Milan, Italy



Galleria LP 220, Turin, Italy

Salone Annunciata, Milan, Italy

Galerie Wspolczesna, Varsavia, Poland

Galleria LP 220, Calice Ligure, Italy

Galerie Argès, Bruxelles, Belgium



Galleria Gap, Rome, Italy



Galleria Piattelli, Rome, Italy

Salone Annunciata, Milan, Italy



Galleria Pozzi, Novara, Italy

Galleria Il Punto, Torino, Italy



Galleria della Steccata, Parma, Italy

Galleria Il Girasole, Roma, Italy



Galleria del Falò, Alba, Italy

Group exhibitions


Gran Torino. The crossroads of the Italian Contemporary Art Scene 

Frost Art Museum, Miami, Florida

Imaginæ. 1960 – 1990, Fondo Giov-Anna Piras, Asti, Italy

Via del Sale, Arte Contemporanea dal Roero alla Langa fino al mare, VIII edizione, Enoteca regionale del Roereo, Canale, Italy

 Pieve di S. Sebastiano, Bergolo, Italy

Chiesa di S. Rocco, Levice, Italy

Castello degli Scarampi, Prunetto, Italy

Ex Filanda, Monesiglio, Italy

Chiesa di S. Antonio, Camerana, Italy

Chiostro di S.ta Caterina, Finalborgo, Italy

Castello degli Scarampi, Prunetto, Italy

Collisioni. Un gruppo di artisti tra scultura e architettura, Galleria 2000 & Novecento and Chiesa dei SS. Carlo e Agata Reggio Emilia, Italy

Distillati d’Arte Contemporanea. 25 artisti per il Museo delle Genti d’Abruzzo, Sala degli Alambicchi dell’Aurum, Italy

Una collezione che attraversa il tempo. 1958 – 2011, Galleria Grossetti Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

Gran Torino: the crossroads of the Italian Contemporary Art scene, Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, Florida

Il grande gioco. Forme d’arte in Italia. 1947 – 1989

Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Lissone 1947 – 1958,

Rotonda di via Besana, Milano 1959 – 1972,

Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo 1973 – 1989, Italy

Esposizione alla Rotonda della Besana, Milan, Italy

Avanguardia anni ’60-’70, P420 Arte Contemporanea e Libri, Bologna, Italy

Gallery Collection vol. 1, Galleria 41 Artecontemporanea, Concept room, Turin, Italy

… umso mehr, Kunsthalle, Göppingen, Germany 

Scultura internazionale a Racconigi 2010. Presente ed esperienza del passato, Castello di Racconigi, Italy

Contemporaneamente, MarcoRossi Artecontemporanea, Pietrasanta, Italy

Dall’originale al moltiplicato, Galleria Martano, Turin, Italy

La terra del fuoco. Ceramica d’autore, IX edizione, Chiesa di Santa Croce, Avigliana, Italy

Arte Povera, Galleria Cart, Monza, Italy

Sotto una luce diversa…, Galleria del Ponte, Turin, Italy

Hot Spots. Rio de Janeiro / Milano – Torino / Los Angeles, 1956 – 1969, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurigo, Switzerland

Cromofobie. Percorsi del bianco e del nero nell’arte italiana contemporanea, Ex Aurum, Pescara, Italy

Play & Pause, Galleria Martano, Turin, Italy

Le superfici opache della pittura analitica, Fondazione Zappettini, Chiavari, Italy

Spazio Libro d’Artista. 120 bookworks della collezione Spazio Libro d’Artista. Una panoramica degli ultimi 40 anni, Italy

Italian works on paper. Part I, Maurizio Pellegrin, Macy Art Gallery, New York, USA

La collezione, Accademia Albertina delle Belle Arti, Turin, Italy

Astrazioni, Eventinove artecontemporanea, Borgomanero, Italy

I paesaggi e la natura dell’arte, ARCOS Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Sannio, Benevento, Italy

Pensare pittura. Una linea internazionale di ricerca negli anni Settanta, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genova, Italy

Cento artisti per L’Aquila, Museo d’Arte Moderna Vittoria Colonna, Pescara, Italy

Arte Povera bis Minimal – Einblicke in die Sammlung Lafrenz, Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany

Learn to read art: a history of Printed Matter, Karlsruhe / MoMA PS1, New York, USA 

Premio Marina di Ravenna 2009. Rassegna di Pittura. 53ª edizione, Museo d’Arte della Città, Ravenna, Italy

Ausgewählte Werke von Künstlern der Galerie, Walter Storms Galerie, Monaco

Luci d’artista, Torino, Galleria Subalpina, Italy

Twenty-six gasoline stations e altri libri d’artista, Museo Regionale, Messina, Italy


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