Gianni Asdrubali – Sbalskenne
Sbalskenne – 2019
industrial painting on canvas
Gianni Asdrubali was born in Tuscania in 1955, where he lives and works. Graduated in 1978 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, since 1979 he focused his research on the idea of emptiness.
In 1984 he took part in the ‘Astrazione Povera’ movement theorized by the critic Filiberto Menna and attended various exhibitions in art galleries and public spaces: Galleria Marconi, Milano; Galleria dei Banchi Nuovi, Roma; Galleria Ghiglione, Genova; Galleria di Arte Moderna, Gallarate. In the same period of time Gianni Asdrubali exhibited for the first time at the gallery La Salita in Roma and at the Artra gallery in Milano. In 1985 he took part in the Quadriennale di Roma. In
the same year he exhibited in ‘Anniottanta’, Bologna, a collective attempting to start a mapping of the art of this period. In 1988 he was invited to the Biennale di Venezia and to the ‘Schlaf der Vernunft’ exhibition at the Museum Fridericianum, Kassel. He exhibited together with John Armleder, Gianni Colombo, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Richard Deacon, Günther Förg, Jeff Koons, Thomas Schütte, Haim Steinbach. In a couple of years he exhibited at the Australian Biennale of Sydney; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Moscow and Leningrad; at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art; at the Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, Brazil; at the Grand Palais in Paris. In 1996 he was invited to the exhibition ‘Lavori in Corso’ at the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Roma. In the following three years he exhibited at the Museum Rabalderhaus, Schwaz; at the DuMont Kunsthalle, Köln; at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, at the Städtische Galerie, Rosenheim. In 2000 he exhibited with Enrico Castellani at the Invernizzi studio in Milano. In 2001 the Institut Mathildenhohe in Darmstadt dedicated a retrospective to his career. In 2003 and 2005 Gianni Asdrubali participated in two exhibitions at MACRO, Roma. In 2011 he was invited to exhibit at the 54th Biennale di Venezia, Italian Pavilion. In 2014 he participated at the Biennale d’Arte Ceramica Contemporanea alle Scuderie Aldobrandini di Frascati. Through his work with ceramics, Asdrubali fulfills the real destiny of his work, real environmental installations that activates the space in which they are located. In 2016 he exhibited at the Matteo Lampertico Gallery in Milano. In 2018 he held a performance at Palazzo Bevilacqua Ariosti in Bologna; the Carlo Bilotti Museum in Roma dedicates a large exhibition with some of the most significant works of his production, and MACRO hosts him for a live pictorial intervention. Since May 2019 he exposes in ‘Black White, collective’ at the M&L Fine Art in London.