Mimmo Paladino /   Domenico Paladino

Italy 1948


Mimmo Paladino
Domenico Paladino
December 6, 2014

Mimmo Paladino (Domenico Paladino) is an Italian artist born on 18 December 1948 in Paduli, Campania, southern Italy. He is known as a sculptor, painter and printmaker. He played a leading part in the international revival of painting towards the end of the 1970s.

In his first work, in line with the prevailing conceptual climate at the time, he showed an interest in photography, but in 1977 he had already moved on to the creation of two major tempera murals, one at the Toselli gallery in Milan and one at the Lucio Amelio gallery in Naples. In 1980, he exhibited his work at the Venice Biennale, in the “Aperto 80” exhibition. However, it was largely thanks to a picture exhibition held in a range of Central European museums, from the Kunsthalle in Basel, to the Museum Folkwang in Essen and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, that Paladino finally consolidated his international fame. In 1981, the Kunstmuseum in Basel organised a major personal exhibition of paintings, curated by Dieter Koepplin. The Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Bologna also dedicated a personal exhibition to him that year. In the early 1980s, he began making his first sculptures. Exhibitions followed, one after the other, and in 1981 Paladino took part in A New Spirit in Painting, at the Royal Academy of Art in London, and the Paris Biennale. In the following year, 1982, he took part in the Sydney Biennial and the Documenta 7 in Kassel. He exhibited at the Transavantgarde exhibition in 1983, at the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona, the New Art exhibition in London’s Tate Gallery that same year, and the Det Italienska Transavangardet at the Lunds Konsthall in Stockholm, the following year. Drawing always plays a fundamental part in Paladino’s work, and he was the leading participant in the 1983 Nuovi Disegni exhibition at the Kunstmuseum in Basel.  In the 1990s, he began carrying out important interventions on urban spaces, such as the permanent Hortus Conclusus installation in the San Domenico cloisters, in Benevento (1992). In 1994 he was granted a personal exhibition in Naples, in the Scuderie di Palazzo Reale, Villa Pignatelli Cortes, and piazza Plebiscito, where he installed the Montagna di sale. In 2001, the general catalogue of his graphic work was published (Opera Grafica 1974-2001), curated by Enzo di Martino, for Art of this Century, New York – Paris. The Centro d’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, granted him the most comprehensive retrospective exhibition ever organised by an Italian museum, curated by Bruno Corà in 2002. In 2003, together with Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, and Nicola de Maria, he put on Transavanguardia 1979-1985 at the Castello di Rivoli Museo di Arte Contemporanea, curated by Ida Gianelli.  In 2004, he created the doors for the Padre Pio church in San Giovanni Rotondo, designed by Renzo Piano. In 2005 he exhibited at the Museum der Moderne Rupertinum in Salzburg, and the Loggetta Lombardesca in Ravenna put on Paladino in Scena, a major exhibition of his theatre work, curated by Claudio Spadoni. In 2007, he produced two theatre set designs for OEdipus Rex and Cavalleria rusticana, for the Teatro Regio in Turin, and put on a personal exhibition at the Galleria Civica in Modena. In 2008 he presented a major installation at the Museo dell’Ara Pacis in Rome. In 2009, a group of his sculptures was shown in Orta San Giulio, Lake of Orta, in a show curated by Flavio Arensi. In 2010 Mimmo Paladino designed the set of Work in Progress, a tour which featured the reunion of the famous Italian singer songwriters Lucio Dalla and Francesco De Gregori, thirty years after their previous joint initiative. At the end of January 2011 he designed the new permanent room at the National Archaeological Museum in Villa Frigerj in Chieti devoted to the Warrior of Capestrano and he opened the exhibition of sculptures that focused on the new Warrior, housed at the exhibition centre of the Fondazione Carichieti in Palazzo De Mayo. An important exhibition on his ceramics was held in the Museo MIC in Faenza in 2012 and, in the same year, he designed an installation of a large marble cross in Piazza Santa Croce in Florence.

Paladino currently lives and works in Rome, Paduli and Mattinata.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2006Mimmo PaladinoGalleria Cardi, Milano, ItalySolo
2006Mimmo PaladinoWaddington Galleries, London, UKSolo
2005Mimmo PaladinoMuseum of Capodimonte, Naples, ItalySolo
2005Mimmo PaladinoMuseum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg, AustriaSolo
2005MiraggiAlan Cristea Gallery, London, UKSolo
2003Bronze and Iron Sculpture 1987-2000Waddington Galleries, London, UKSolo
2003Mimmo PaladinoCentro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, ItalySolo
2002Mimmo PaladinoGalleria Valentina Bonomo, Rome, ItalySolo
2001Print RetrospectiveAlan Cristea Gallery, London, UKSolo
2001Mimmo PaladinoGalerie Christian Stein, Milan, ItalySolo
2000Mimmo PaladinoArtiscope II, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
1999Mimmo Paladino: Bilder Skulpturen Zeichnungen, 1979-1999Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich, GermanySolo
1999Mimmo Paladino: Oeuvres récentesGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, FranceSolo
1999Mimmo PaladinoAlan Cristea Gallery, London, UKSolo
1999Mimmo PaladinoSouth London Gallery, London, UKSolo
1997Mimmo PaladinoAlan Cristea Gallery, London, UKSolo
1997Mimmo PaladinoWaddington Galleries, London, UKSolo
1995Mimmo PaladinoMuseo Diego Aragona Pignatelli Cortes, Naples, ItalySolo
1994Mimmo PaladinoWaddington Galleries, London, UKSolo
1993Mimmo PaladinoForte di Belvedere, Florence, ItalySolo
1992Mimmo PaladinoMuseu de Gravura, Curitiba, BrazilSolo
1992Mimmo PaladinoMuseu de Arte Moderna, Belo Horizonte, BrazilSolo
1992Mimmo PaladinoMuseu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilSolo
1992Mimmo PaladinoConvento San Domenico, Benevento, ItalySolo
1992Mimmo PaladinoGalleria Gian Enzo Sperone, FIAC, Paris, FranceSolo
1992Mimmo PaladinoGravuras, Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo, BrazilSolo
1991Mimmo PaladinoGalerie Papierski, Paris, FranceSolo
1991Mimmo PaladinoWaddington Graphics, London, UKSolo
1991Mimmo PaladinoWaddington Galleries, LondonSolo
1991Mimmo PaladinoMarian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, USASolo
1991Mimmo PaladinoMusees Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique Art Modern, Brussels, BelgiumSolo
1991Mimmo PaladinoGalerie Bernd Kluser, Munich, GermanySolo
1990Mimmo PaladinoGalleri Lars Bohman, Stockholm, SwedenSolo
1990Mimmo PaladinoGalleria Bernd Kluser, Munich, GermanySolo
1989Mimmo PaladinoLluc Fluxa Galeria d' Art, Palma, Mallorca, SpainSolo
1989Mimmo PaladinoSperone Westwater, New York, NYSolo
1989Mimmo PaladinoPalais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, BelgiumSolo
1988Mimmo PaladinoWaddington Galleries, London, UKSolo
1988Mimmo PaladinoRichard Gray Gallery, Chicago, USASolo
1988Mimmo PaladinoEvelyn Aimis Fine Art, Toronto, CanadaSolo
1988Mimmo PaladinoGalleri Boibrino, Stockholm, SwedenSolo
1987Mimmo PaladinoFuji Television Gallery, Tokyo, JapanSolo
1987Mimmo PaladinoGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, AustriaSolo
1987Mimmo PaladinoGreg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WashingtonSolo
1986Mimmo PaladinoRichard Gray Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
1986Mimmo PaladinoGalerie Bernd Kluser, Munich, GermanySolo
1986Mimmo PaladinoSperone Westwater, New York, NYSolo
1986Mimmo PaladinoJames Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1986Mimmo PaladinoWaddington Graphics, London, UKSolo
1986Mimmo PaladinoDolan-Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
1986Mimmo PaladinoWaddington & Gorce, Montreal, CanadaSolo
1986Mimmo PaladinoWaddington & Shiell Galleries, Toronto, CanadaSolo
1985Mimmo PaladinoRichard Gray Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
1985Mimmo PaladinoSperone Westwater, New York, NYSolo
1985Mimmo PaladinoGalerie Bernd Kluser, Munich, GermanySolo
1985Mimmo PaladinoDolan-Maxwell Gallery, Philadelphia, PASolo
1984Mimmo PaladinoWaddington Galleries, London, UKSolo
1984Mimmo PaladinoGalerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, AustriaSolo
1983Mimmo PaladinoGalerija Meduza, Capodistria, SloveniaSolo
1982Mimmo PaladinoGalerie Buchmann, St. Gallen, SwitzerlandSolo
1981Mimmo PaladinoGalleria Lucio Amelio, Naples, ItalySolo
1980Mimmo PaladinoGalerie Paul Maenz, Cologne, GermanySolo
1979Mimmo PaladinoCentre d Art Contemporain, Geneva, ItalySolo
1978Mimmo PaladinoGalleria Giorgio Persano, Torino, ItalySolo
1978Mimmo PaladinoMarian Goodman Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1978Mimmo PaladinoAnnina Nosei Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1977Mimmo PaladinoGalleria De Ambrogi-Cavellini, Milan, ItalySolo
1976Mimmo PaladinoNuovi Strumenti, Brescia, ItalySolo
1976Mimmo PaladinoGalleria Nuova Duemila, Bologna, ItalySolo
2011UntitledPalazzo Reale, Milan, Italy
2011Recreation of Salt MountainVittorio Emanueke and the cathedral in Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy
2011HelmetCastello Sofrzesco, Milan, Italy
2011The WitnessesBasilica di Sant’Ambrogio, Milan, Italy
2011UntitledMuseum of the Nineteenth Century, Milan, Italy
2010Summer ExhibitionAlan Cristea Gallery, London, UK
2009Mimmo Paladino PrintsUniversity Gallery, Northumbria Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
2009Mimmo Paladino February 1917Galerie Kluser 2, Munich, Germany
2009Classics of the ContemporaryMuseo Nazionale Villa Pisani at Stra, Venice, Italy
2008Zeichnungen aus dem Karl August Burckhardt-Koechlin-FondsKunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland
2007Collectors year endArtcore Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2007DruckgraphikFischer Kunsthandel & Edition, Berlin, Germany
2007Figura Humana y AbstraccionWurth Museo La Rioja, Agoncillo, Spain
2004Particular viewGalleria Alessandro Bagnai, Florence – Siena, Italy
19991995-2000 Five Years of Print PublishingAlan Cristea Gallery, London, UK
1999New WorksJamileh Weber Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
1999Ars Aevi, Exhibition of the CollectionMuseum of Contemporary Art Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
1995UntitledAlan Cristea Gallery, London, UK
1988UntitledGalleria Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome, Italy
1980Mimmo PaladinoVenice Biennale, Venice, Italy
1975UntitledDa Mezzogiorno al Tramonto, Villa Volpolicielli, Naples, Italy
1975UntitledCampo Dieci, Galleria Digramma, Milan, Italy