Maurizio Nannucci

Maurizio Nannucci (Florence, Italy 1939) is an Italian contemporary artist. He lives and works in Florence and Germany. Nannucci’s work includes: photography, video, neon installations, sound installation, artist’s books, editions. Since the mid-sixties he is a protagonist of international artistic experimentation in Concrete Poetry, Fluxus and Conceptual Art.[1]

In early sixties he studied art in Italy and Germany.[2] From 1965 to 1970 he had studied electronic and computer music in Florence. In 1967 he began to create first neon “writings”. Since the mid-sixties Nannucci explores the multifaceted interrelations between art, language and society, light and space, color and writing, art and nature. From the 1990s he investigates on the relationship between art, architecture, and urban landscape by collaborating with the architects Auer & Weber, Mario Botta, Stephan Braumfels, Massimiliano Fuksas, and Renzo Piano.[3]

Nannucci has participated several times in the Venice Biennale, at the Documenta Kassel, and in the Biennals of São Paulo, Sydney, Istanbul and Valencia. His work belongs to museum collections including: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munchen; Museion, Bolzano; Guggenheim Collection, Venezia; and Mamco, Genève.[4]

From 1974 to 1985 he promoted the activities curating exhibitions of the Zona non profit art space in Florence. In 1983 he broadcast Zona Radio, radiophonic program dedicated to art and experimental music. In 1998 he co-founded an artist run space Base / Progetti per l’arte.[5]

He founded publishing house Exempla (1968), Recorthings (1975), Zona Archives Edizioni (1976), editing books records and multiples on artists: Sol LeWitt,John Armleder, James Lee Byars, Robert Filliou, Lawrence Weiner, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Carsten Nicolai, Rirkrit Tiravanija.[6] From 1976 to 1981 he published Mèla Art Magazine. [7]

  • 1967 Centre Arte Viva, Trieste
  • 1973 Galleria Christian Stein, Torino
  • 1973 Salone Annunciata Milano
  • 1974 Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz
  • 1974 Galerie Denise René & Hans Meyer, Düsseldorf
  • 1974 Galeria Schema, Firenze
  • 1975 Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia
  • 1975 Ecart, Geneve Galerie
  • 1976 Galerie Müller-Roth, Stuttgart
  • 1977 Galleria Forma, Genova
  • 1977 Documenta, Kassel
  • 1978 Biennale di Venezia, Venezia
  • 1978 Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck
  • 1979 Galerie Walter Storms, München
  • 1979 Internationaal Cultureel Centrum, Antwerpen
  • 1979 Galerie Sudurgata, Reykjavik
  • 1982 De Vleeshal, Middelburg
  • 1983 Sala d’Arme, Palazzo Vecchio, Firenze
  • 1984 Kunstverein Frankfurt, Frankfurt
  • 1987 Italian Cultural Institute & Art Metropole, Toronto (Snow, Wiener, Nannucci)
  • 1988 Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster
  • 1989 Gallery Victoria Miro, London
  • 1989 Gallery Graeme Murray, Edinburgh
  • 1989 Elac, Lyon (Mattiacci, Mochetti, Nannucci)
  • 1990 Gallery Insam Gleicher, Chicago
  • 1991 Gallery Victoria Miro, Firenze
  • 1991 Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, München
  • 1992 Villa delle Rose, Galleria d‘Arte Moderna, Bologna
  • 1992 Villa Arson, Nice
  • 1993 Kasseler Kunstverein, Fridericianum, Kassel
  • 1994 Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
  • 1994 Aarhus Kunstmuseum, (Turrell, Nannucci, Nauman), Aarhus
  • 1995 Wiener Secession, Wien
  • 1997 Galerie Fahnemann, Berlin
  • 1997 Galerie Walter Storms, München
  • 1998 Museum Rupertinum, Salzburg
  • 1999 Cabinet des Estampes, Geneve
  • 2000 Biennale di Venezia Architettura, Venezia
  • 2002 Sprengel Museum, Hannover
  • 2003 Mamco, Musée d’art contemporaine, Genève.
  • 2003 Biennale di Valencia, La Ciudad Ideal, Valencia
  • 2003 Palazzo Farnese, (Morellet, Nannucci), Ambassade de France, Roma
  • 2004 Pièce Unique, Paris
  • 2005 Galleria Fumagalli, Bergamo
  • 2005 Bury Art Gallery Museum, Bury / Manchester
  • 2006 Palazzo della Triennale, Milano
  • 2007 Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg
  • 2008 Museum der Moderne Mönchsberg, Salzburg
  • 2009 Villa Medicea La Magia, Quarrata (Pistoia)
  • 2010 Galleria degli Uffizi, Firenze
  • 2012 Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint Etienne
  • 2012 Dum Umeni / The house of art, Budweis
  • 2013 No more excuses, Stazione Leopolda, Firenze
  • 2013 Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg
  • 2013 Giacomo Guidi Arte Contemporanea, Roma
  • November 2012 – January 2013 Galerie mfc-michèle didier, Paris
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Bibliothek des Deutschen Bundestages, Berlin
  • Musee d’Art Contemporain, Lyon
  • Mamco, Musee d’art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneve
  • Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venezia
  • Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
  • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • National Gallery of Ottawa, Canada
  • Hubbrucke, Kloster unserer Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg
  • Parco della musica, Auditorium, Roma
  • Galleria d’arte Moderna, Torino
  • Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munchen
  • Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Århus, Dänemark
  • Kiasma Museum, Helsinki
  • whichever word, a neon text in 3 colors: blue, red and yellow. Limited to 7 numbered and signed sets containing the 3 colors. Each neon text measures 8 x 75 x 2,5 cm. Produced and published in 2012 by mfc-michèle didier.
  1. Jump up^ Isabelle Schwarz, Archive fur Kunstlerpublikationen der 1960er bis 1980er Jahre, Salon Verlag, 2008
  2. Jump up^ Emmett Williams, An Anthology of Concrete Poetry, Something Else Press, Inc., 1967, p.338
  3. Jump up^ Lorand Hegyi, Maurizio Nannucci, There is another way of looking at things, Silvana Editoriale, 2012. p. 230
  4. Jump up^ http://www.guggenheim-venice.it/inglese/collections/artisti/biografia.php?id_art=178
  5. Jump up^ http://www.baseitaly.org/
  6. Jump up^ http://www.guggenheim-venice.it/inglese/collections/artisti/biografia.php?id_art=178
  7. Jump up^ Marie Boivent,Revue d’artistes, Association ARCADE, 2008
  • Emmett Williams, Anthology of concrete poetry, Something Else Press, New York, 1967.
  • Achille Bonito Oliva, Fare e pensare, Marcatré 50/55, Roma, 1969
  • Gillo Dorfles, Maurizio Nannucci, cat. Galleria Vismara, Milano, 1969
  • Achille Bonito Oliva, Amore mio, cat. Palazzo Ricci, Montepulciano, Centro Di, Firenze, 1970
  • Giulio Carlo Argan, Maurizio Nannucci, cat. Galerie Keller, München, 1971
  • Mario Diacono, Introduction to Maurizio Nannucci / Poemi Cromatici, Exempla Editions, Firenze, 1971
  • Paolo Fossati, L’azione concreta, cat. Villa Olmo, Como, 1971
  • Jorge Glusberg, Arte de sistemas, cat. Museo de Arte Moderna, Buenos Aires, 1972
  • Enrico Crispolti, Volterra 73, cat. Centro Di, Firenze, 1973
  • Mario Diacono, Luigi Ballerini, Italian Visual Poetry, cat. Finch Museum College, New York, 1973
  • Gerhard Johann Lischka, Maurizio Nannucci / Sempre cercando piccole differenze, Der Löwe 8, Bern, 1976
  • Renato Barilli, Parlare e scrivere, La nuova foglio, Macerata, 1977
  • Germano Celant, Offmedia, Dedalo libri, Bari, 1977
  • Germano Celant, The Record as Artwork, cat. The Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, 1978
  • Henry Chopin, Poésie sonore internationale, Jean Michel Place, Paris, 1979
  • Pier Luigi Tazzi, Maurizio Nannucci / To cut a long story short, cat. De Vleeshal, Middelburg, 1982
  • Bill Furlong, Live to air: artists sound works, cat Tate Gallery, London, 1982
  • Peter Weiermair, Maurizio Nannucci. Always endeavour to find some interesting variations, cat. Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, 1984
  • Peggy Gale, Snow, Weiner, Nannucci, cat. Art Metropole, Toronto, 1987
  • Thierry Raspail, Mattiacci, Mochetti, Nannucci, cat. Elac, Lyon, 1989
  • Christian Bernard, Maurizio Nannucci / L’absence de monde est le monde, cat. Maurizio Nannucci, Villa Arson, Nice, 1992
  • Gabriele Detterer, Starlight: Nauman, Turrell, Nannucci, cat. Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, 1994
  • Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, Des livres, des enveloppes et des boîtes in: Maurizio Nannucci, cat. Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, 1994
  • Gabriele Detterer and Maurizio Nannucci, Bookmakers, interview, cat. Biennale of Artists’ Books, Limoges, 1995
  • Pierre Restany, Maurizio Nannucci. Solomon’s Seal, Domus, May, Milano, 1995
  • Georges Didi-Huberman, Didier Semin, L’empreinte, Editions du Centre Pompidou, Paris, 1997
  • Helmut Friedel & Gabriele Detterer, Light picture / Word picture, Maurizio Nannucci / Where to start from, cat. Europäisches Patentamt, München, Zona Archives Editions, Firenze, 1999
  • Markus Brüderlin, Colour to Light, cat. Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Stuttgart, 2000
  • Achille Bonito Oliva, Sergio Risaliti, Orizzonti. Belvedere dell’Arte, cat. Forte Belvedere, Firenze, Skira Editore, Milano, 2003
  • Marco Meneguzzo, Maurizio Nannucci, Artforum, Summer, New York, 2005
  • Daniel Soutif, L’art du xxeme siecle, 1939/2002, Editions Citadelle & Manzenod, Paris, 2005
  • Elio Grazioli, Il collezionismo come voluttà e simulazione, intervista a Maurizio Nannucci, Studio Permanente & A+mbookstore edizioni, Milano, 2006
  • Achille Bonito Oliva, Enciclopedia della parola / Dialoghi d’artista, 1968/2008, Skira editore, Milano, 2008
  • Hans Ulrich Obrist, Senza aver paura di contraddire se stessi, interview, cat. Maurizio Nannucci, Something Happened, Gli Ori. Pistoi, 2009
  • Alexander Pühringer, Im Licht der wörter, Maurizio Nannucci, Untitled, Herbst, Berlin, 2011
  • Lorand Hegyi & Gabriele Detterer, Maurizio Nannucci, There is another way of looking at things, Silvana Editoriale, 2012
  • Anne Moeglin Delcroix, Esthetique du livre d’artiste, Le Mot et le Reste, Paris, 2012
  • Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Il neon nell’arte Italiana, interview, in Neon / La materia luminosa dell’arte, Macro, Roma, Quodlibet, Macerata, 2012
  • Gabriele Detterer, Maurizio Nannucci, Artist-run spaces, Documents, JRP/Ringier, Zurich & Les Presses du rèel, Dijon & Zona Archives, 2012
  • Ed Ruscha, Various Small Books, The Mit Press, Cambridge & London, 2013

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