14 Apr – 15 Sep 2017
The Merchant House is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of the Italian artist PINO PINELLI (1938, Catania). As part of TMH Masterworks Series, the show focuses on Pinelli’s magisterial disseminations, which have lent an important phenomenal property to his oeuvre since the late seventies.
Each dissemination operates in the painterly space as an alignment of textured chromatic bodies across a wall surface, orchestrated, according to Pinelli, like drumbeats in a rhythmic cadence. These radical pictureless paintings, installed in dialogue with the artist throughout the galleries of The Merchant House, highlight Pinelli’s transformative contribution to the medium itself—through a cogent reinterpretation that severs paintings from its traditional pictorial form. Intentionally for the show in Amsterdam, the focus is on works combining the three primary colors—red, yellow, and blue—with an explicit connection to Mondrian. Thus, the exhibition is both a commentary on Mondrian’s geometrical translation of nature and on Pinelli’s own—no less physically bound—within the nonlinear, curved geometry of his signature color-texture elements.
TMH Catalogue 4.2, 2017
Millennials on Pinelli with Maarten van der Graaff and Fiep van Bodegom, 27 May 2017
Since his moving to Milan in 1963, Pinelli entered the vanguard debate initiated by Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, and Enrico Castellani. His early series of Topologies and Monochromes made him one of the leaders of the Analytical Painting group soon after, and he has been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions. Over time the artist has become empathically acknowledged in academic writings and by the press as an innovator in post-minimal abstraction, who has been strategically and historically forging a most singular creative language.
Pino Pinelli (1938, Catania) is renowned for his “pittura con corpo,” or painting with an “invitation to touch”: rhythmic wall cadences of palpable plaster marked by his signature imprint and color. His work is included in major museums and private collections in Italy and worldwide. His most recent museum exhibition was “Pino Pinelli: Painting Beyond the Limit” at Palazzo Reale—Gallerie d’Italia, Milan, in 2018, which followed shows at Museo delle Arti, Catanzaro, 2017, and the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, 2016. The Palazzo Reale catalogue, edited by Francesco Tedeschi, addresses Pinelli’s unique contribution to contemporary art.