Edition of Prospettive D'Arte number 129/150.
After graduating from the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts in Turin, Ugo Nespolo graduated in Modern Literature. Then he made his debut on the Italian art scene of the sixties proposing a particular form of contamination among Pop Art, conceptual art and Arte Povera. In the following decade he continued a creative and ironic production inspired by illustrations for children, which was also suitable for the “cinema canvas”.
In 1973, at the psychiatric hospital of Volterra, he made two works with the help of patients: a pyramid full of drawings, puppets and personal belongings of patients, and a giant papier-mâché pill symbolising the pharmacological treatments which, in a sort of purifying gesture to denounce the abuse of drug therapy and raise awareness in the citizens, was burned in a square of the village.
The eighties materialised in an “American period” with his paintings representing common items and places of American cities. He collaborated with Rai, for which he made theme videos, and advertising agencies. In the following decade he added his theatre work to his numerous activities, creating sets and costumes for Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore” at Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, at the opera house of Paris, in Lausanne, Liège and Metz.
In 1991 and 2009 Nespolo made the Palio of Giostra della Quintana in Foligno, in 1998 the one for the August edition of the Quintana knightly tournament in Ascoli Piceno, in 2000 the two sendals for the Palio of Asti and the banner of the Palio of Siena.
In 2003 the organisers of the Giro d’Italia commissioned him the creation of the pink jersey and of the official poster. In 2005 in Turin he created theme works for GTT in the underground stations and for the exterior of the shopping centre in via Livorno.
In 2007 he made sets and costumes for the “Madama Butterfly” opera, which opened the 53rd season of Festival Puccini in Torre del Lago Puccini on 20 July. The following year he curated “Nespolo legge Dante”, a limited edition triptych commissioned to him by De Agostini of Novara for the reading of the Divine Comedy through figurative art. After that, there were the solo exhibition made in New York by Walter Wickiser Gallery and the anthological exhibition at the Museum of Cinema. He also participated in the exhibition “Italics: Arte Italiana tra tradizione e rivoluzione, 1968-2008” with two works, invited by the management of Palazzo Grassi in Venice.
In 2009, at the Museo del Territorio Biellese, the anthological exhibition “Nespolo, ritorno a casa” was organised, followed by other retrospectives: at the Canci gallery of Lerici he organised a solo exhibition, at the Museo Nazionale del Bargello in Florence (2010), at Palazzo Trinci in Foligno (Nespolo. Ipotesi Antologica, 2010), at the Casa del Console Museum of Contemporary Art in Calice Ligure, at the Accademia Albertina gallery in Turin (2010), at the Campari Museum in Sesto San Giovanni, and in many other public and private galleries.
He also collaborated with the Brooksfield brand for a two-year stylistic work in the collections and communication (2009-2010). In 2010 he became an honorary member of the Turin literary artistic movement. In March 2012 he received the honorary citizenship of the village of Santhià, where he spent his childhood and adolescence and where he made his first pictorial experiments.
Many collaborations for the creation of advertising campaigns: among them with Campari, Piaggio and Caffarel.
In 2016 he joined the “Corporate Art” Manifesto of Luca Desiata with Alexander Ponomarev, Fernando De Filippi and other artists.
Ugo Nespolo still lives and works in Turin today.
- Ugo Nespolo
- Título da obra de arte
- American Dream
- Assinado à mão
- Tamanho da imagem
- 49×30 in
- Dimensões totais
- 60×40×0,2 in
- Vendido com moldura