Thursday 3 October 19:00 - 20:45

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Massimo Minini: the Story of a Gallerist. Screening and discussion

Performing & Visual Arts

Massimo Minini always preferred art galleries over university classes. For this reason, he decided early on that he would not become a lawyer and concentrated instead on art, which would became his job and the centre of his life.

He started in the 1970s with  an interest in Conceptual Art, Minimal Art and Arte Povera (Boetti, Fabro, LeWitt, Graham, Berry, Buren, Accardi, Clemente, Michele Zaza). In 1973 he opened his gallery Banco (later called Galleria Massimo Minini)in his hometown of Brescia, which he never left even after becoming one of the most famous gallerists in the world.

After working with international artists in the late 70s , including Spalletti, Jan Fabre, Anish Kapoor, Giulio Paolini, Luigi Ontani to name but a few,  in the 90s he started his collaboration with Maurizio Cattelan, and others like Eva Marisaldi, Mario Airo', Stefano Arienti, Vanessa Beecroft and many others. More recently the gallery has hosted important shows by artists like Yona Friedman, Roger Ballen, Nedko Solakov, Peter Halley, Ghada Amer and many newcomers. The gallery also shows works by Shusaku Arakawa, Antonio Calderara, Titina Maselli, Luigi Ghirri, Betty and Francesca Woodman. In 2013, the gallery celebrated 40 years of activity with the book "Forty years of Contemporary Art. Massimo Minini 1973- 2013" and in the same year, the Triennale Museum in Milan held a great exhibition to honour the gallerist. In 2017, Massimo Minini was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by FEAGA (Federation of European Art Galleries Association).

"Massimo Minini: the Story of a Gallerist" (66', 2019, Italian with English subtitles), directed by Manuela Teatini on the occasion of the celebrations for the gallery’s 45 years, gives the public a private viewing of Minini’s amazing everyday life, his cultural assignments, and his vast knowledge.

Followed by a conversation with Massimo Minini and director Manuela Teatini.

 

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