Marco Cingolani

Biography

Marco Cingolani

Artwork

" Right from the outset, Marco Cingolani's work has always aimed to do away with the prescriptive power of media images, subjecting them to his radical treatment in the certainty that art offers a decisive point of view for interpreting the world. "

Biography

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Marco Cingolani was born in Como in 1961 and moved to Milan in 1978, when  he  was  still  very  young.  Here  he  entered  creative  underground circles, in which art was mixed up with fashion and punk music. In those years, a new artistic sensitivity was arising in Milan, with roots no longer in the history of art and quotationism, for it brought about a critical manipulation of reality and its communication through the mass media.     The image was removed from its context and from common feelings. It was radically overturned and almost derided. Right from the outset, Marco Cingolani's work has always aimed to do away with the prescriptive power of media images, subjecting them to his radical treatment in the certainty that art offers a decisive point of view for interpreting the world. This was the context that led to paintings like Interviste (Interviews), in which personalities who are famous for their reservedness are overwhelmed by microphones, the celebrated series on the Attentato al Papa (The Attack on the Pope), and the tragic affair of Aldo Moro.     After his works were shown in several group exhibitions, including "Una scena emergente" (1991, Museo Pecci, Prato) and "Due o tre cose che so di loro" (1998, PAC, Milan), important anthological shows of his works have been put on by prestigious institutions, including Palazzo Strozzi in Florence and the Promotrice delle Belle Arti in Turin. In November 2006 he took part in the "Senza Famiglia" group exhibition at Palazzo della Promotrice delle Belle Arti in Turin.

2007 brought yet another consecration of his work: Galleria Emilio Mazzoli hosted a show entitled "Di che colore sono?", which presented his pictorial reflections on the colour of Power and its disguises.     In his art Cingolani has always been fascinated by the shift from news to history and vice versa. Here too, the blue helmets of the UN are contextualised in highly symbolic settings, as are the red urn containing electoral ballots, the multicoloured segments of Wall Street graphics, and the military uniforms and flags of political parties.     In 2009 Marco Cingolani, often the creator of works that are openly inspired by  religious themes, conceived Journeys of Faith for Gallery Boxart in Verona. This is a return to his origins. For this exhibition the artist has particularly focused his attention on two apparitions of the Virgin Mary which have played a hugely important role in the history of the past two centuries: Lourdes and Fatima. That year, his works were shown at the Museo Nazionale di Villa Giunigi in Lucca alongside those of Italy's top artists of the past two generations. These ranged from universally acclaimed masters, whose works are in the top international museums, including Mimmo Paladino, Sandro Chia and Salvo, to some of the top names at the 52nd Venice Biennale, like Gian Marco Montesano, Daniele Galliano, Nicola Bolla, and Bertozzi & Casoni, who exhibited in 2009 both at the Lucca show and at the Italian Pavilion in Venice. Then there were artists of the youngest generation, who were already exhibiting at national and international events.     Giacinto di Pietrantonio invited him the following year, in 2010, to PAC, Padiglione dArte Contemporanea in Milan, for the Ibrido group exhibition along with Jan Fabre, Gilbert & George, Charles Avery, Damien Hirst, Piotr Uklanski, Patrick Tuttofuoco and other great names in international art. 2012 was the year of    Il Belpaese dellarte, at GAMeC in Bergamo, also curated by di Pietrantonio and Maria Cristina Rodeschini, together with Elmgreen & Dragset, Sislej Xhafa, Alighiero Boetti, Maurizio Cattelan, Alterazioni Video, and many other famous names in the world of art.     To celebrate his fiftieth birthday, in 2011, the city of Como put on an anthological exhibition of his works in three institutions: the Broletto, the Pinacoteca Civica and the municipal library.

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 SOLO EXHIBITIONS    
2011
“A perdita d’occhio”, Broletto, Pinacoteca Civica, Biblioteca Comunale, Como,     
2009
Italian Pavillon, 53rd Venice Biennale “Journeys of faith (Percorsi della fede)”, Boxart Gallery, Verona      

2007
“Finalmente a casa”, Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milano
“Di che colore sono?”, 51 quadri nuovi sui colori del Potere, Galleria Emilio Mazzoli, Modena, curated by G. Romano      

2004
Galleria Fabj Basaglia, Rimini    

2003
“La lunga notte di Paparazzo”, Palazzo della Ragione, Mantova, catalogue with text by L. Beatrice      

2002
“Bang Bang”, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze
“Doppio verso”, Scuderie Aldobrandini per l’Arte, Frascati (Rm), catalogue with text by R. Gavarro
“I miei poeti, i miei colori”, Galleria Borghese,Roma, catalogue with text by L. Cherubini, V. Zeichen
“Stropicciarsi gli occhi”, Palazzo della Promotrice delle Belle Arti, Torino      

2001
"Società anonima del colore", Boxart, S. Bonifacio (VR)
"I miei migliori amici", Galleria In Arco, Torino
     

2000
"Ho un appuntamento", Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milano, catalogue with text by A. Nove, M. Cingolani
"Cingolani 1990-2000", MAN-Museo d'Arte di Nuoro, catalogue with text by L. Beatrice, M. Meneguzzo
"Hotel des etrangers", Istituto francese di cultura, Firenze, con A. Martegani

1999
"Amore a prima vista", Galleria Bagnai, Siena, catalogue with text by Achille Bonito Oliva
"Tre aeroporti in un giorno", Galleria Majorana, Brescia      

1998
"Pittori innamorati", Galleria Raab, Berlino
"Divina Mimesis", Palazzo S.Giovanni in Monte, Università di Bologna, Bologna, catalogue with text by V. Coen, G. Romano      
1997
"Una mostra da leggere", Galleria Biagiotti, Firenze, with text by R. Caldura "Museo Laboratorio", Università La Sapienza, Roma, with P. Pusole, catalogue with text by L. Beatrice      

1996
"Inaspettata", Galleria In Arco, Torino, with P. Pusole, catalogue with text by Luca Beatrice
"Contemporanea 2", Villa Olmo, Como, catalogue with text by L. Caramel      

1995
"Il golfo e l'amore", Galleria Mazzoli, Modena, with A. Martegani
"Terra e cielo da sempre uniti", Galleria Mazzoli, Modena      

1994
"La verità", Galleria Loft, Valdagno, catalogo con testo di M. Cingolani      

1993
"Rissa all' ONU", Galleria Analix, Ginevra, Svizzera, testi in catalogo Elio Grazioli e Gianni Romano      

1992
"Antologica", Galleria Mariottini, Arezzo "Il disegno e la verità", Galleria Loft, Valdagno(VI), personal with A. Martegani, catalogue with text by A. Martegani and M. Cingolani
"Documentario", Galleria In Arco, Torino, con M. Kaufmann, catalogo AA.VV.

1991
"Refurtive", Galleria Paolo Majorana, Brescia, catalogue with text by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio      

1990
"I.N.R.I.", Spazio di Via Lazzaro Palazzi, Milano Galleria Diagramma, Milano      

1989
Galleria Diagramma, Milano          

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
   
2012
"Il Belpaese dell’arte. Etiche ed estetiche della nazione", GAMeC, Bergamo, curated by Giacinto di Pietrantonio    

2010
"Ibrido", PAC, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, curated by Giacinto di Pietrantonio and Francesco Garutti    

2009
"Appetite for Destruction", Museo Nazionale di Villa Guinigi, Lucca
"Giorni Felici", Casa Testori, Milan      

2008
"Collezione Farnesina" Experimenta, Palazzo della Farnesina, Roma, curated by M. Calvesi, L. Canova, M. Meneguzzo, M. Vescovo
"Viva l’Italia, Il racconto delle città tra nascita, sviluppo, crisi. 1948-2008", Museo della città, Palazzo della Penna, Perugia
"Bateau Ivre", Azienda Agricola Icario, Montepulciano (SI),curated by M. Meneguzzo      

2007
"Arcani Maggiori", Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milano, curated by M. Kaufmann

2006
"Ars In Fabula", Palazzo Pretorio, Certaldo (FI), curated by M. Sciaccaluga      

2005
"XIV Quadriennale di Roma", Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Roma "Intermedia Painting", Giampiero Biasutti Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Torino, curated by L. Beatrice      

2004
"Senza Freni!", Galleria Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milano
"L’arte in testa", Museo MACI, Isernia, curated by L. Beatrice      

2003
"La pittura come concetto", Associazione culturale Prometeo, Lucca,curated by  L. Beatrice      

2002
"De gustibus", Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena
"Premio Michetti", Francavilla al mare (Pe)      

2001
"Odissea dell’arte", Museo Revoltella, Trieste
"Sui Generis", PAC, Milano      

2000
"Futurama", Museo Pecci, Prato
"Premio Michetti", Francavilla al mare (Pe)
"Arte in giro", Ex Mattatoio, Roma
     

1999
"The Turn of the Century", Galleria In Arco, Torino
"Pittura Italiana", Palazzo Sarcinelli, Conegliano Veneto
"Omaggi-Oltraggi", Galleria Gianferrari - Galleria Ciocca, Milano
"S.M.A.C.K.", Musée d’Art Contemporaine di Gent, Belgio
"Porta d’Oriente", Palazzo Tupputi, Bisceglie
"Lepisma Saccarina", Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Roma

"Premio Marche", Reggia Vanvitelliana, Ancona
"Disegno italiano", Magazzini Arte Moderna, Roma
"Arte in Giro", Santuario di Oropa, Oropa, Biella
"Arte Moltiplicata", Pinacoteca Civica, Bagnocavallo
     

1998
"Due o tre cose che so di loro", P.A.C., Milano
"Mitovelocità", Galleria D’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, San Marino "Cronache Vere", Spazio Consolo, Milanov    

1997
"Arte all’Arte", sedi varie, Galleria Continua, S.Gimignanov
"Arte Italiana degli anni ‘90", Museu dart contemporain, Valencia, Spagna
"Galleria Biagiotti", Firenze
"Periscopio 1997", Cascina Roma, S.Donato Milanese
"Pensieri scritti a colori", Salone del libro di Torino    

1996
"Arte italiana dal 1960", Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Seoul, Sud Corea "Carte Italiane", Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Atene, Grecia
"Antologia", Spazio Herno, Torino / Trevi Flash Art Museum, Trevi
"Fuori Uso", Deposito FEA, Pescara

"Il nibbio di Leonardo", Palazzo Pio, Carpi      

1995
"The image of Europe", Nicosia, Cipro
"Artist’s Choice", Accademia Americana, Roma
"Oltre la normalità concentrica", Palazzo Zara, Padova
"Dodici pittori italiani", Spazio Herno, Torino
"Fuori uso", Spazio Aurum, Pescara
"CD Room", Galleria Continua, S.Gimignano      

1994
"Prima Linea", Trevi Flash Art Museum, Trevi
"Que bien resistes!", Galleria Civica d’Arte Contemporanea, Arezzo
"Estetica del delitto", Galleria Tossi, Prato      

1993
"Pentalogo", Galleria Mazzoli, Modena
"Documentario 2", Spazio Opos, Milano

"La linea dell’immagine", Antico Chiostro di S. Antonio, Perugina
"Segni e disegni", Galleria In Arco, Torino; Loft, Valdagno; Galleria Margiacchi, Arezzo; Galerie Analix, Ginevra
     

1992
"International Malerwochen", Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria Italiensk Samtidskunst, Skive Kunst Museum, Skive
"Immagini di Pittura", Studio Cannaviello, Milano
"An emerging scene of Italy", Museo del XX secolo, Vienna      

1991
"Una scena emergente", Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea L. Pecci, Prato "Imprevisto", Castello di Volpaia, Radda in Chianti
"La scena", Museum des 20 Jahrhunderts, Wien      

1990
"Il teatro degli interni", Castello di Rivara, Rivara
"Absolut Politik", Galleria Diagramma, Milano      

1988
"Arte giovane Italiana", Galeria Buades, Madrid      

1987
"Ge.Mi.To.", Promotrice delle Belle Arti, Torino

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