Ettore Spalletti (1940, Cappelle sul Tavo, Pescara), lives and works in Pescara, Italy. Perhaps no artist today conveys so poetically the precariousness underlying the apparent stability of life and culture than Ettore Spalletti. “Poetically” does not mean softness of thought or the search for elevated but ultimately empty gestures: here it is a question of an artist building a bridge between himself and the world in a decidedly concrete manner and using all the strategies known to him, from physical beauty to conscious historical references, to achieve this end.
Beauty is notoriously difficult, if not impossible, to define. But Spalletti’s work offers visual pleasures appreciable by everyone: delicate and almost sensuously tactile surfaces, colours and forms just sufficiently different from familiarity to intrigue and make the viewer wonder at them anew.
Various museum have dedicated personal exhibitions to Spalletti: Museum Folkwang in Essen (1982), Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst in Gent (1983), Musée Saint-Pierre in Lyon (1985), Stichting De Appel of Amsterdam, Kunstverein of Monaco (1989), Portikus of Francoforte (1989), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1991), IVAM -Centre del Carme in Valencia (1992), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of New York  (1993), Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst of Antwerp (1995), Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain in Strasbourg (1999), Museo di Capodimonte of Napoli (1999), Fundaciòn La Caixa of Madrid (2000), the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds (2005) and the Museum Kurhaus Kleve in Germany (2009).


artista: Ettore Spalletti


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