Francesco Clemente /   Francesco Clemente

Italy 1952


Francesco Clemente
Francesco Clemente
December 27, 2014
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

The end of the 70’s brought a new climate in visual arts and Francesco Clemente was among the inaugurators of that change. His peculiar body of work of embodies the idea of return to painting and a general dissent with conceptual art. Figuration acquires new meaning and with the use of Neo Expressionist techniques, Clemente employs then contemporary subjects of human unrest. By constantly employing different references and reflecting deepest concern for the meaning of what spirituality is, the artist set his practice as a socially charged.

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Francesco Clemente – Symbolon, 1977

From An Architect To An Artist

Francesco Clemente was born in 1952, in Naples. He was raised in an aristocratic but not especially wealthy family at the time when WW II and fascism was still a very recent memory. Clemente studied architecture at the University of Rome where he felt profound existential crisis. In 1973 he moved to India, where he was influenced by local craftsmen, and engaged in several collaborations with Indian artists. During the course of time, the artist practically lived between New York and Varanasi, India, and has adopted the Indian philosophical concept of anatman (no-self), and with it, the idea that what we think of as our human identity is, in fact, a hollow mask.

Notable reflection of then philosophical currents in the work of Francesco Clemente

The Italian artist has exhibited several times in London as well in American Guggenheim museum
Francesco Clemente – Ritratto di Foucault, 1978

Intrigued By Philosophy

The artist certainly was hooked on the atmosphere of time in regards to the pacifist movement and general interest in Eastern philosophy. The idea of an immortal soul lost currency among secular thinkers, as neuroscience and behaviorism challenged fundamental ideas of selfhood and conscious identity. Therefore, Francesco Clemente has channeled his interests in literature, music, and film and blended them with philosophical ideas, signs, and symbols drawn from other cultures (Hindu spiritualism in India, Tarot, and the Candomble religion of Brazil). The psychological aspects of being human were of his particular interest so his work developed in a non-linear mode, expanding and contracting in a fragmentary way, not defined by a style, but rather by his recording of the fluctuations of the self.

The constant quest for self examination

In privacy of his studio the artist meditated and read various books on Eastern philosophy
Francesco Clemente – I, 1982

The Artistic Path of Francesco Clemente

Over more than four decades, Francesco Clemente has realized quite of an heterogeneous opus. Apparently stylistically varied, inclusive, erotic, and nomadic, his practice embraces diverse mediums and cultures with the aim of finding wholeness through fragmentation and contemplation. Although being perceived as purely aesthetic or devoted only to spirituality and different realms of human mind, the works of Francesco Clemente are politically charged and reflect an anti-materialistic stance. In the 1970s he moved from photography to drawing and anticipated the return to painting of the 1980s on the wave of New Expressionism. The 1990s brought increased interest in erotic imagery, particularly inspired by the Tantra traditions simultaneously with contemporary preoccupations with identity and sexuality. In the 2000s Clemente underwent a darker and grotesque phase, returning in recent years to luminous images of repose and transformation.

Clemente explored intensely erotic imagery

The news about his exhibition on view in italian and american museum were spread rapidly
Francesco Clemente – Skin, 1996

Collaboration With Popular Masters

During his time spent in New York, Clemente merged with painters like Basquiat and Warhol, in New York. Namely, in 1984, with then rising star and Pop art legend he worked on a series of intriguing collaborations at Warhol’s studio, the Factory. Clemente also later collaborated with the poet Allen Ginsberg on a series of Bookworks (1983) and with the poet Robert Creeley on some larger paintings (1997). The exchange of ideas with other like-minded artists was in correspondence with his beliefs and world view of common good.

Devoted to the fluctuations of the self

Francesco Clemente - Self-portrait in an Imperial Age, 2005
Francesco Clemente – Self-portrait in an Imperial Age, 2005

The Impressive Oeuvre of Francesco Clemente

By conjoining Surrealism’s dream-like extensions of ordinary daily life and constructing on Expressionism’s revelations of interior emotional states, Clemente managed to establish different kind of practice in contrast to other prominent Neo-Expressionist painters such as Georg Baselitz and Julian Schnabel. His works have been exhibited in multitude solo and group shows around the globe. Interestingly, in 1998 Clemente’s work was featured in Hollywood movie Great Expectations and since the 1980s until today the artist has also chronicled New York intellectual and social life through a great number of portraits. Despite the flow of time, the art practice of Francesco Clemente does not represent only a blend of classical modes of composition with timeless references of ancient mythologies, rather it is a concise exploration of identity, sexuality and human relations and therefore is in accordance with contemporaniety.

Francesco Clemente lives and works in New York.

Featured image: Portrait of Francesco Clemente in front of n front of the work Handball (1985) by Andy Warhol – image courtesy of Baltimore Sun’s Darkroom
All images used are for illustrative purposes only

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2015Departure of the Argonaut: Prints by Francesco ClementeDes Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IASolo
2015ObsessionMaison Particulière, BrusselsGroup
2015Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014Kochi-Muziris Biennale, MumbaiGroup
2015DokoupilGalerie Bruno Bischofberger, ZurichGroup
2015Selected WorksJames Cohan Gallery, ShanghaiGroup
2014Francesco Clemente - Two TentsMary Boone Gallery - 541 West 24 Street, New York City, NYSolo
2014Francesco Clemente – India, BelovedGalerie Bruno Bischofberger, ZurichSolo
2014Francesco Clemente: The Chinese Shadows and Selected WatercolorsJames Cohan Gallery, ShanghaiSolo
2014Francesco Clemente - PaintingsGalerie Miro, PragueSolo
2014In farbe! – Figur – Landschaft – Abstraktion - H2Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst im Glaspalast,AugsburgGroup
2014Urban Theater: New York Art In The 1980sThe Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TXGroup
2014Sam. St. Moritz Art Masters 2014St. Moritz Art Masters, St. MoritzGroup
2014Bad Thoughts - Collection Martijn and Jeannette SandersStedelijk Museum Amsterdam,AmsterdamGroup
2014Summer GuestsGalerie Bruno Bischofberger, ZurichGroup
2014Magiciens de la terre, retour sur une exposition légendaireCentre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, ParisGroup
2014JoyrideMarlborough Broome St, New York City, NYGroup
2014For Your Eyes OnlyPeggy Guggenheim Collection, VeniceGroup
2014Transparency | Reflection21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, KanazawaGroup
2013Francesco Clemente - TentsBlain|Southern , BerlinSolo
2013Francesco Clemente - Portraits Of The 1980sThomas Ammann Fine Art AG, ZurichSolo
2013Anni '70. Arte a Roma Palazzo delle Esposizioni, RomeGroup
2013Touched By BhupenGalerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, MumbaiGroup
2013Totally 80s: Gifts to the Permanent CollectionSanta Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2013Sehnsucht Ich - Essl MuseumKunst der Gegenwart, KlosterneuburgGroup
2013Signs - WordsSperone Westwater Gallery, LuganoGroup
2013The StairsAlgus Greenspon, New York City, NYGroup
2012Mandala For CrusoeBlain|Southern, LondonSolo
2012Francesco ClementeJames Cohan Gallery, ShanghaiSolo
2012Emblems and MountainsStudio d'Arte Raffaelli - Palazzo Wolkenstein, TrentoSolo
2012Nostalgia - UtopiaMary Boone Gallery - 745 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NYSolo
2012Nostalgia - UtopiaMary Boone Gallery - 541 West 24 Street, New York City, NYSolo
2012Don't Be Shy, Don't Hold Back - The Logan Collection At SfmomaSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012Der Nackte MannLentos Kunstmuseum Linz, LinzGroup
2012The SupersurrealismModerna Museet Malmö, MalmöGroup
2012Von Kopf bis FußKunsthalle Würth,Schwäbisch HallGroup
2012Come Una Bestia FeroceBonelli Arte Contemporanea, MantovaGroup
2012Pinturas de la Rubell Family CollectionFundación Banco Santander, Boadilla del MonteGroup
2012Ménage à troisBundeskunsthalle, BonnGroup
2012Panta ReiGalleria Giampiero Biasutti, TurinGroup
2011Francesco Clemente: Jk's WalkGaleria Javier López, MadridSolo
2011Focus on the Collection: Francesco Clemente's High FeverSaint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MOSolo
2011Francesco ClementeSchirn Kunsthalle, FrankfurtSolo
2011Winter Women, Summer Self Galleria Lorcan O'Neill, RomeSolo
2011Francesco Clemente - PastelsJablonka Galerie - Köln, CologneSolo
2011Costellazione TransvanguardiaMAXXI - Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, RomeGroup
2011Mémoires du futur - la collection OlbrichtLa Maison Rouge, ParisGroup
2011Papertails80WSE, Washington, DCGroup
2011XXX Thirty Years Peter Blum EditionPeter Blum Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011Creating the New Century - Contemporary Art from the Dicke CollectionFort Collins Museum of Art, Fort Collins, COGroup
2011TRA. The edge of becomingPalazzo Fortuny, VeniceGroup
2011Wishing And PrayingCRG Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011Diane Von Furstenberg: Journey of a DressPace Beijing, BeijingGroup
2011Zettels TraumVon der Heydt Museum, WuppertalGroup
2011The 80s Revisited. Sammlung Bischofberger IIKunsthalle Bielefeld, BielefeldGroup
2011Rising with a SunKunstmuseum Liechtenstein, VaduzGroup
2010Francesco Clemente - Solo ExhibitMary Boone Gallery - 745 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NYSolo
2010Painting and SculptureLehmann Maupin, New York City, NYGroup
2010Cosa fa la mia anima mentre sto lavorando?Museo MAGA, Gallarte, VAGroup
2010Personal Identities - Contemporary PortraitsSonoma University Art Gallery, Rohnert Park, CAGroup
2010TransformationMuseum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), TokyoGroup
2010Armitage Gone Dance Exquisite Corpse ProjectKlemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc., New York City, NYGroup
2010Libro - Oggetto: Italian Artists` Books, 1960s-NowSanta Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2010AccrochageJablonka Galerie - Köln, CologneGroup
2010Cross Currents in 20th Century Art: Prints and Ceramics from the Anne C. and Harry Wollman CollectionCurrier Museum of Art, Manchester, NHGroup
2010Street and Studio - Von Basquiat bis SéripopKunsthalle Wien (Museumsquartier), ViennaGroup
2010XXL - Omar BaGalleria Giuseppe Pero, MilanGroup
2010Vertical Thoughts: Morton Feldman and the Visual ArtsIrish Museum of Modern Art - IMMA,DublinGroup
2010The 80s Revisited. Sammlung Bischofberger IKunsthalle Bielefeld, BielefeldGroup
2010Your History is not Our HistoryHaunch of Venison, New York City, NYGroup
201030 Jahre TransavanguardiaGALERIE KLÜSER 2, MunichGroup
2010Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente, Mimmo Paladino30 JAHRE TRANSAVANGUARDIA - Galerie Klüser, MunichGroup
2010C'est la vie ! Vanités de Caravage à Damien HirstMusée Maillol - Fondation Dina Vierny, ParisGroup
2009A History of the Heart in Three RainbowsDeitch Projects - 76 Grand Street, New York City, NYSolo
2009Francesco Clemente (drawing space) - Jigsaw puzzleGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, ParisSolo
2009Francesco Clemente - Shipwreck with Spectator 1974-2004Museo D'Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina - MADRE, NaplesSolo
2009Francesco Clemente, A History of the Heart in Three RainbowsDeitch Projects - 18 Wooster Street, New York City, NYSolo
2009Italics: Italian Art between Tradition and Revolution 1968–2008Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILGroup
2009Paint Made FleshMemorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NYGroup
2009Learn to Read Art: A History of Printed MatterMoMA PS1, New York City, NYGroup
2009From Dürer to Gober 101 Master Drawings from the KupferstichkabinettKunstmuseum Basel,BaselGroup
2009A Tribute To Ron WarrenMary Boone Gallery - 541 West 24 Street, New York City, NYGroup
2009Blocks of Color: American Woodcuts from the 1890s to the present - Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJGroup
2009LEARN TO READ ART: A History of Printed MatterBadischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe Group
2009The TreeJames Cohan Gallery, ShanghaiGroup
2009Paint Made FleshThe Phillips Collection, Washington, DCGroup
2009Portraits faces and peopleKatz Contemporary, ZurichGroup
2009Great Impressions IIDean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WIGroup
2009Esposizione UniversaleGAMeC - Galleria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo,BergamoGroup
2009Hard ArtGalleria L'Attico, RomeGroup
2009Spazio Libro d’ArtistaPalazzo Manganelli , Catania, CTGroup
2009Paint Made FleshFrist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TNGroup
2008Francesco Clemente: Ten portraits one self portraitSperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2008Opere scelteGalleria In Arco, TurinSolo
2008New York MusesGaleria Javier López, MadridSolo
2008UBS Openings: Paintings from the 1980sTate Modern, LondonGroup
2008Nakagawa Gallery CollectionNakagawa Gallery - 中川画廊は, TokyoGroup
2008Dalla Presitoria al FuturoPinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, TurinGroup
2008Viaje por el arte Italiano 1950-1980Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes - MNBA, Buenos AiresGroup
2008Italics. Arte Italiana fra Tradizione e Rivoluzione, 1968-2008Palazzo Grassi - Francois Pinault Foundation, VeniceGroup
2008Everywhere Is War (and rumours of war)Bodhi Art Mumbai, MumbaiGroup
2008SelectionGalerie Beyeler, BaselGroup
2008Le Grand TourAcadémie de France à Rome - Villa Médicis, RomeGroup
2008Crazy BoysPalazzo Primavera, TerniGroup
2008Blood on Paper - the Art of the BookVictoria & Albert Museum - V&A, LondonGroup
2008Impronta globale - Ex Magazzini GeneraliISA - Istituto Superiore Antincendi, RomeGroup
2008Out of Shape:Stylistic Distortions of the Human Form in ArtThe Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NYGroup
2008Alex Katz and FriendsFarnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, MEGroup
2008Collecció d’Art Contemporani Fundació ”la Caixa”CaixaForum Madrid, MadridGroup
2008For the Spirit - From the UBS Art CollectionMori Art Museum, TokyoGroup
2008FRANCESCO CLEMENTE + RON ARADJablonka Galerie - Köln, CologneGroup
2008PaperweightMehdi Chouakri, BerlinGroup
2007Francesco Clemente Solo ExhibitMary Boone Gallery - 541 West 24 Street, New York City, NYSolo
2007PortraitsMary Boone Gallery - 745 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NYSolo
2007Francesco Clemente. Works from 1971-1979Deitch Projects - 76 Grand Street, New York City, NYSolo
2007Francesco ClementeGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, SalzburgSolo
2007Exposures, the contemporary self-portraitGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, SalzburgGroup
2007MentalgrafieTel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel AvivGroup
2007Gifts from the Alex Katz FoundationColby College Museum of Art, Waterville, MEGroup
2007Goffredo PariseGalleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna (GNAM) , RomeGroup
2007Italia 1980-2007Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum (Bao Tang My Thuat Viet Nam), HanoiGroup
2007Doppio sogno: 2RC tra artista e arteficeFondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, MilanGroup
2007Collectie depot VBVR: Peter StruyckenMuseum voor oude en moderne kunst, EnschedeGroup
2007Passion for Art - 35 Jahre Essl MuseumKunst der Gegenwart, KlosterneuburgGroup
2007O debuxo por dianteCGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de CompostelaGroup
2007Viaggio in ItaliaGalleria Enrico Astuni, Pietrasanta, LUGroup
2006Francesco Clemente - Nuovi acquarelliGalleria Lorcan O'Neill, RomeSolo
2006EROS in der Kunst der ModerneFondation Beyeler, RiehenGroup
2006DEFINING THE CONTEMPORARYWhitechapel Art Gallery, LondonGroup
2006Motion On PaperBen Brown Fine Arts, LondonGroup
2006Italy made in art - NowMOCA Shanghai, ShanghaiGroup
2006ChairsGalerie Bruno Bischofberger, ZurichGroup
2006Sound & VisionMuseo della Città, PerugiaGroup
2006Medium FotografieStampa, BaselGroup
2006Contemporary Master PrintsJerald Melberg Gallery, Charlotte, NCGroup
2005Francesco Clemente - Self Portraits Gagosian Gallery, LondonSolo
2005Zoo Story: An exhibition of animals in art - for the young and the young at heartFisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2005SkullsGalerie Bruno Bischofberger, ZurichGroup
2005Looking at WordsAndrea Rosen Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2005Flashback - Revisiting the Art of the EightiesMuseum für Gegenwartskunst - Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung, BaselGroup
2005Pittori figurativi italiani nella seconda metà del XX secoloFondo Mole Vanvitelliana, AnconaGroup
2005Area '70Studio d'Arte Cannaviello, MilanGroup
2005BIG BANGCentre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, ParisGroup
2005La main dans la mainKunstverein Bad Salzdetfurth e.V., BodenburgGroup
2005Leporello, Een reis door de collectieStedelijk Museum Amsterdam, AmsterdamGroup
2005Skin Galleria Daniele Ugolini, FlorenceGroup
2005The painting showGaleria Xavier Fiol Arte Contemporáneo, Palma de MallorcaGroup
2005Figuratively SpeakingMAM - Miami Art Museum, Miami, FLGroup
2005Counting the Ways: Word As ImageFisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2005Obras entorno a la ciudadCaixaForum Madrid, MadridGroup
2004Francesco Clemente. Tandoori Satori and commonplace 2004The Rose Art Museum,Waltham, MASolo
2004Francesco Clemente - New WorksReykjavík Art Museum, ReykjavikSolo
2004Francesco Clemente: New WorksIrish Museum of Modern Art - IMMA, DublinSolo
2004Surprise!Galleria Cardi - Milano, MilanGroup
2004Sonderaktion Graphiken und BücherGalerie Klüser, MunichGroup
2004Intuition (Im)PrecisionGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, SalzburgGroup
2004Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam at UsceMuseum of Contemporary Art Belgrade, BelgradeGroup
2004Fifth International Biennial Exhibition: Disparities and Deformations: Our GrotesqueSite Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2004SITE Santa Fe's Fifth International BiennialSITElines, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2004Fundación 'La Caixa'. Colección de Arte ContemporáneoMuseo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo de Santander (MAS), SantanderGroup
2004...So Fresh, So Cool!Galleria Cardi - Milano, MilanGroup
2004Transavanguardia. La collezione GrassiMART - Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, RoveretoGroup
2004Africa - Beauty and DisasterGalerie Beyeler, BaselGroup
2004L'Arte in TestaMACI Museo Arte Contemporanea Isernia, IserniaGroup
2004Accelerato Torino-NapoliArtiscope, BrusselsGroup
2004Watercolor WorldsDorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs (DGCP), New York City, NYGroup
2004Es Baluard any zeroEs Baluard Museu d’Art Modern, Palma de MallorcaGroup
2004DrawingsGagosian Gallery, LondonGroup
2004Happy BirthdayGalerie Jérôme de Noirmont, ParisGroup
2004Under $2,000 Albers < ZauggBrooke Alexander Editions, New York City, NYGroup
2003Francesco Clemente - Paintings 2000 - 2003Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CASolo
2003Francesco Clemente - Paintings 2002 - 2003Gagosian Gallery , New York City, NYSolo
2003Embracing the Present - The UBS Art CollectionPhoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZGroup
2003Painting LessonGalleria Cardi - Milano, MilanGroup
2003Tender PreyStichting Outline, AmsterdamGroup
2003Tender preyGroup
2003Transvanguardia italianaMAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo. Universidad de Chile, SantiagoGroup
2003La Transavanguardia - Chia - Clemente - Cucchi - PaladinoCentre de la Gravure et de l'Image imprimée, La LouvièreGroup
2003La Transvarguardia italianaFundación PROA, Buenos AiresGroup
2003Sommerausstellung 2003 - 20 zeitgenössische KünstlerWhite8 showrooms, VillachGroup
200350th International Art Exhibition Venice BiennaleBiennale di Venezia - La Biennale di Venezia,VeniceGroup
2003Visions and Revisions - Art on Paper since 1960MFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MAGroup
2003Night Train - KiasmaMuseum of Contemporary Art, HelsinkiGroup
2003Linking Collection And CommunityMAM - Miami Art Museum, Miami, FLGroup
2003Transavanguardia (Galerie Klüser, Georgenstr. 15)Galerie Klüser, MunichGroup
2003Rendez-vous #4Collection Lambert, AvignonGroup
2002TransavanguardiaCastello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, TurinGroup
2002Merce Cunningham Foundation Benefit 50th Anniversary Art SalePaula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2002Living RoomJablonka Galerie - Köln, CologneGroup
2002DesireGalleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna - GAM, BolognaGroup
2002Good NewsGalleria Cardi - Milano, MilanGroup
2002Private - CorporateDaimler Contemporary, Berlin Group
2002Rough Cuts - European Figurative Prints from Gauguin to PaladinoNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACTGroup
2002Warhol-Basquiat-Clemente. Obras en colaboraciónMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, MadridGroup
2002Learning From AfricaGaleria Mário Sequeira, BragaGroup
2001FRANCESCO CLEMENTE: TERRA FRAGILEGalerie Bruno Bischofberger, ZurichSolo
2001New watercoloursAnthony d'Offay Gallery, LondonSolo
2001Reisen in Ich - Künstler Selbst - BildEssl Museum - Kunst der Gegenwart, KlosterneuburgGroup
2001Belvedere Italiano: Tendencies of Italian Art 1945-2001Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, WarsawGroup
2001DesireUrsula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal-UnteröwisheimGroup
2001ClassicsGalerie Beyeler, BaselGroup
2001Contemporaneo TemporaneoGalleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna (GNAM) , RomeGroup
2001Mythic Proportions - Painting in the 1980’sMuseum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA),Miami, FLGroup
2001PaperGalerie Fortlaan 17, GhentGroup
2000ClementeMuseo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, BilbaoSolo
2000Artistas Franceses e Italianos na coleccións Fundacion ARCO e CGACCGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de CompostelaGroup
2000The Cities CollectWalker Art Center, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2000Land of the Free, Home of the Brave: Artist Immigrants in America in the 20th CenturyCrane Kalman Gallery, LondonGroup
2000Off the ShelfMassachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art - MASSMoCA, North Adams, MAGroup
2000Around 1984 - A Look at Art in the EightiesMoMA PS1, New York City, NYGroup
2000Art at Work: Forty Years of the Chase Manhattan CollectionQueens Museum of Art (QMA),New York City, NYGroup
2000Träume 1900 - 2000 - KunstWien Museum Karlsplatz,ViennaGroup
2000Microcosmo e MacrocosmoGalleria Cardi - Milano, MilanGroup
2000Visage: Painting and the Human Face in 20th-Century ArtNational Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (MOMAK), KyotoGroup
2000Ich ist etwas AnderesK20 Grabbeplatz, DusseldorfGroup
2000David Salle, Francesco Clemente, Eric FischlGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYGroup
2000Papiers conmteporains IIGalerie Jérôme de Noirmont, ParisGroup
2000Visage Painting and the Human Face in 20th Century ArtNMWA The National Museum of Western Art, TokyoGroup
1999Francesco Clemente. Arbeiten auf PapierK20 Grabbeplatz, DusseldorfSolo
1999ClementeSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NYSolo
1999Francesco Clemente - FrescoesPeter Blum Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1999The Painter's WardrobeAnthony d'Offay Gallery, LondonSolo
1999Minimalia: An Italian Vision in 20th Century ArtMoMA PS1, New York City, NYGroup
199917 Contemporaries: Artists from America, Italy, and Mexico—the EightiesThe Menil Collection, Houston, TXGroup
1999De Durero a Rauschenberg: La quintaesencia del dibujoMuseo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, BilbaoGroup
1999Art at Work - Forty Years of the Chase Manhattan Collection Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TXGroup
1998Francesco Clemente: Indian WatercolorsIndianapolis Museum of Art - IMA, Indianapolis, INSolo
1998Francesco Clemente - Indian WatercolorsThe Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TXSolo
1998Francesco Clemente - Three New PaintingsGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYSolo
1998Amnesty International Benefit Drawing ShowPaula Cooper Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1998Portraits ObscuredGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYGroup
1998Summer Group ShowGagosian Gallery, LondonGroup
1998Tillbaka till åttiotalet — redan? - Isn't It Too Early for the Eighties Yet?Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, MalmöGroup
1998Exhibition of the centuryWellington City Gallery, WellingtonGroup
1998Transavanguardia - Chia, Cucchi, Clemente, PaladinoMuseum Würth, KünzelsauGroup
1998Thinking Print: Books to Billboards, 1980-1995Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
1997Francesco Clemente: Indian WatercolorsThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NYSolo
1997Francesco Clemente - AnamorphosisGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYSolo
1997Fifty one days on Mount AbuAnthony d'Offay Gallery, LondonSolo
1997Francesco Clemente Solo ExhibitGalerie Jérôme de Noirmont, ParisSolo
1997Accrochage d´hiverGalerie Jérôme de Noirmont, ParisGroup
1997On The Edge: Contemporary Art from the Werner and Elaine Dannheisser CollectionMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYGroup
1997Summer Group ShowGagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CAGroup
1997Von Kopf bis Fuß. Fragmente des KörpersKunstraum Innsbruck, InnsbruckGroup
199747th International Art Exhibition Venice BiennaleBiennale di Venezia - La Biennale di Venezia,VeniceGroup
1997Around EuropeStedelijk Museum Amsterdam, AmsterdamGroup
1997Paper WorksSperone Westwater Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1997Pittura Italiana da collezioni italianeCastello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, TurinGroup
1997Whitney Biennial 1997Whitney Biennial, New York City, NYGroup
1997Silent & Violent: Selected ArtistsMAK Center for Art and Architecture, West Hollywood, CAGroup
1997Magie der ZahlStaatsgalerie Stuttgart, StuttgartGroup
1997Papiers ContemporainsGalerie Jérôme de Noirmont, ParisGroup
1997Drawing the Line and Crossing ItPeter Blum Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1996Francesco Clemente - The book of the arrowStädtische Galerie Ravensburg, RavensburgSolo
1996Francesco Clemente - New WorksGagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CASolo
1996Francesco Clemente: PastelsGalerie Fortlaan 17, GhentSolo
1996Collaborations. Warhol – Basquiat – ClementeCastello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea,TurinGroup
1996FigurationRichard Gray Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
1996Antologia (A. V.)Galleria In Arco, TurinGroup
1996Collaborations - Warhol, Basquiat, ClementeMuseum Villa Stuck, MunichGroup
1996Comme un oiseauFondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, ParisGroup
1996Collezionismo a TorinoCastello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, TurinGroup
1996Collaborations - Warhol, Basquiat, ClementeKunsthalle Fridericianum, KasselGroup
1996The Human Body in Contemporary American SculptureGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYGroup
1995Frescoes and Pastels 1970-1995Anthony d'Offay Gallery, LondonSolo
1994Francesco Clemente - Works from 1980 to 1990Peter Blum Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
1994Francesco Clemente - Early morning exercises - Oeuvres sur papier 1971 - 1994Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, ParisSolo
1994Francesco Clemente - PurgatorioGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYSolo
1994L’orizzonteCastello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, TurinGroup
1994SculptureAnthony d'Offay Gallery, LondonGroup
1994Tutti Questi MondiGalleria Carini & Donatini, San Giovanni ValdarnoGroup
1994MalfigurenMuseum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig - MUMOK , ViennaGroup
1994The OssuaryLuhring Augustine Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
1994Contemporary Watercolors: Europe and AmericaUniversity of North Texas Art Gallery,Denton, TXGroup
1993Francesco Clemente - The Black PaintingsGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYSolo
1993Paintings, Sculpture and Works on Paper from IndiaAnthony d'Offay Gallery, LondonSolo
1992Francesco Clemente WatercolorsGagosian Gallery, LondonSolo
1991Francesco Clemente - Testa CodaGagosian Gallery , New York City, NYSolo
1991Francesco Clemente - three worldsVirginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VASolo
1991Francesco Clemente - three worldsSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CASolo
1991Francesco Clemente - three worldsThe Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CTSolo
1990Francesco Clemente - three worldsPhiladelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PASolo
1990PastelsAnthony d'Offay Gallery, LondonSolo
1989Francesco Clemente, The VowelsThe Dan Flavin Art Institute - Dia Art Foundation,Bridgehampton, NYSolo
1989Story of my CountryAnthony d'Offay Gallery, LondonSolo
1988Francesco Clemente – Arbeiten auf PapierFrankfurter Kunstverein, FrankfurtSolo
1988Francesco Clemente, The Graphic WorkSaint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MOSolo
1988Francesco Clemente: Departure of the ArgonautFred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman, OKSolo
1987The Departure of the ArgonautGöteborgs Konstmuseum, GothenburgSolo
1987Francesco Clemente: The Aregentario PaintingsThe Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, ILSolo
1987Francesco Clemente - Solo ShowThe Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, CASolo
1987Francesco Clemente: The Departure of the ArgonautGreg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WASolo
1986Clemente: Departure of the ArgonautMoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NYSolo
1986Recent PaintingsAnthony d'Offay Gallery, LondonSolo
1984Francesco Clemente - Pastelle 1973 - 1983Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, AmsterdamSolo
1984Francesco Clemente - Pastelle 1973 - 1983Museum Folkwang Essen, EssenSolo
1984Francesco Clemente - Pastelle 1973 - 1983Neue Nationalgalerie, BerlinSolo
1983Francesco Clemente. The Fourteen StationsModerna Museet, StockholmSolo
1983Francesco Clemente : The fourteen stationsGroninger Museum, GroningenSolo
1983New Paintings and WatercoloursAnthony d'Offay Gallery, LondonSolo