Paolo Scheggi: Selected Works from European Collections

Ronchini Gallery, London

Ronchini Gallery and Galleria d’Arte Niccoli present Paolo Scheggi: Selected Works from European Collections, the first solo exhibition of works by Paolo Scheggi in London for over 40 years. This monumental exhibition will present key works fromScheggi’s short, but prolific artistic career.
Paolo Scheggi  is most renowned for his monochromatic works of overlapping canvases, which he referred to as Intersuperfici or Zone Riflesse (curved intersurfaces and reflected areas). Scheggi’s volumetric works are most notable for pioneering the idea of ‘painting as object’, as noted by Gillo Dorfles in his essay “Pittura-oggetto a Milano”. He codified this concept in 1966 in an exhibition having the same title held at the Galleria Arco D’Alibert, Rome. This exhibition featured work by Scheggi alongside the artists: Lucio Fontana, Agostino Bonalumi and Enrico Castellani; and a catalogue that included essays by Gillo Dorfles and Germano Celant.
Between sculpture and painting, Scheggi’s three-dimensional works represent the physicality of the canvas in a poetic manner.  Both transcendental and existential, with their concave and deeply shadowed layers of canvas, his works are both captivating to look at and conceptual.
Ronchini Gallery’s exhibition will present an exceptional collection of works exploringScheggi’s fundamental motifs; a rare opportunity to view some of this artist’s most iconic pieces.
In January 2014, a fully illustrated catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition.
Paolo Scheggi (1940-1971) was born in Settignano, Italy in 1940 and attended the School of Art and the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. Scheggi moved to Milan in 1961, and his first solo exhibition was held at the gallery Vigna Nuova in Florence when he was only 21 years old.  He participated in many international solo and group exhibitions during his life including: The XXXIII Venice Biennale (1966); Galleria Arco D’Alibert, Rome (1966); and the Paris Biennale (1967). He died in 1971 at the young age of 31 from heart disease.  Posthumous exhibitions include: Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna (1976) (solo); Galleria d’arte Niccoli, Parma (2002, 2007 and 2010) (solo); The XXXVI Venice Biennale (1972); Postwar. Protagonisti Italiani, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, (2013); Intercamera Plastica e Altre Storie, Centro per L’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, (2013) (solo), Sothebys, Milan (2013).

Opening Reception: 10 Dec 2013 | 6pm – 8pm

  • Artists:
    Paolo Scheggi
  • Open:
    Wednesday, 11 December 2013
  • Close:
    Saturday, 08 February 2014
  • Address:
    Ronchini Gallery, 22 Dering Street, Mayfair, W1S 1AN London
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  • Phone:
    +44 20 7629 9188
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    Ronchini Gallery
  • Opening hour:
    Mon-Fri | 10am-6pm; Sat | 11am-5pm
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  • Photo credits:
    1. Paolo Scheggi: Intersuperficie curva bianca (detail), 1966, (PS 0059), acrylic on overlapping canvas 133 x 133 x 6 cm, Private Collection; 2. Paolo Scheggi: Intersuperficie Curva (detail), 1968, (PS0519), acrylic on overlapping canvas, 70.4 x 100.4 x 5.8 cm, Private collection; 3. Paolo Scheggi in his studio, Milan, 1966 (detail), Photo Ugo Mulas -® Ugo Mulas Heirs. All rights reserved. Courtesy of Ronchini Gallery and Galleria d’Arte Niccoli.

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