Turi Simeti

Italy 1929

Monochrome Painting, Zero Movement

Turi Simeti
Turi Simeti
Male
Italy
1929
November 20, 2014
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Turi Simeti is an Italian artist who played an active role in the Zero art movement of 1960s and 1970s, along with artists like Lucio Fontana, Enrico Castellani, Piero Manzoni and Agostino Bonalumi. Still actively creating today, Simeti is considered a true pioneer, a “maestro,” of 20th and 21st Century Italian art.

Simeti was born August 5, 1929 in Alcamo, Province of Trapani, Italy. He left Sicily to Rome in 1958. He began his artistic work in this period, while attending the studio of Alberto Burri was initially inspired by his burned material before his work became purely monochrome.

Minimalist in conception, for the last 50 years, Simeti’s work has comprised of dynamic patterns of ovals that dance across the monochromatic surfaces of shaped canvases. This focused combination of color and shape speaks to Simeti’s concern with emphasizing the physical presence of the artwork itself, rather than an expression of the artist’s voice. Just as Fontana helped found Spazialismo with his punctured canvases, for decades Simeti has broken through key tenants of minimalism to explore the play of light on shapes created on monochromatic and tactile canvas surfaces. Simeti’s works exist not as single entities but as an active experience of color and shape, and ultimately a capturing of the dynamism that exists between these two aesthetic elements.

In the 1960s, he actively participates in major exhibitions organized by spatialist, particularly in New Trend 3, Arte Programmata – Aktuel 65 and ZERO Avant-garde, in the workshop of Lucio Fontana. From the 1970s, his works were exhibited across Europe. In the 1980s and 1990s he spent long periods in Brazil, where he exhibited at the Paco Imperial in Rio de Janeiro (1994). More recently, among the many exhibitions have been devoted to include those of Linde Gallery di Laderburg Hollinger (2011), The Mayor Gallery in London (2012), the gallery Tornabuoni in Paris (2012) and the Art Gallery Dep (2013) in Milan. It was recently exhibited in a group exhibition at the Almine Rech Gallery in London (2014) in the exhibition ‘Pittura Oggetto’, organized by Natacha Carron.

Turi Simeti lives and works in Milan, Italy.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2014The Primary Form of Painting, De Buck Gallery, New York Solo
2013Turi Simeti, Fabbriche Chiaramontane, Agrigento, Italy Solo
2013Turi Simeti, Galleria Dep Art, Milan, Italy Solo
2013Bianco Italia, Tournaboni Art, Paris, FranceGroup
2013Turi Simeti, The Mayor Gallery, London, UK Solo
2012Turi Simeti, Artesilva, Seregno, Italy Solo
2012Turi Simeti, Galerie Linde Hollinger, Laderburg, Germany Solo
2011Sala degli Stucchi, Villa Morosini, Rovigo, Italy Solo
2011Turi Simeti, Gallerja, Legnago (VR), Ferrarin Libreria, Rome, Italy Solo
2010Turi Simeti, Ex Collegio dei Gesuiti, Alcamo, Italy Solo
2010Turi Simeti, Magazzini dell’Arte Contemporanea, Trapani, Italy Solo
2010Turi Simeti, Galleria Salvatore + Caroline Ala, Milano Solo
2009Turi Simeti, MAAB STUDIO D¡¯ARTE, Padova, Italy Solo
2009Turi Simeti, Studio d¡¯arte contemporanea Pino Casagrande, Roma Solo
2009Turi Simeti, 53¢ª Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione della Repubblica Arabo Siriana, Venezia Solo
2009Monocromo, Museo Civico di Marsala, Convento del Carmine, Marsala, ItalyGroup
2008Turi Simeti la pittura come oggetto, Poleschi Arte – Spazio Satura, Genova Solo
2008Turi Simeti la forza del silenzio, Armanda Gori Casa D¡¯arte, Prato, Italy Solo
2008Turi Simeti, Maretti Arte Monaco, Montecarlo Solo
2007Turi Simeti, Globart Gallery, Acqui Terme, Italy Solo
2007Ventiperventi, GlobArt Gallery, Acqui Terme, ItalyGroup
2006Sicilia, Acireale, ItalyGroup
2006Zero, Künstler einer europäischen Bewegung, Sammlung, Lenz Schönberg 1956-2006, Museum der Moderne, SalzburgGroup
2006Arte è pensiero, Cento artisti per il Centenario della CGIL, Fruttiere di Palazzo Te, MantovaGroup
2006Galleria Bim. Banca Intermobiliare, Lugano Solo
2006Turi Simeti, Excalibur Arte Contemporanea, Solcio di Lesa, Italy Solo
2005Ombre nello Spazio, ARTantide Lugano, Lugano Solo
200550 Quadrat, Benoot Gallery Oostende, Oostende, BelgioGroup
200450 Quadrat, Galerie Konkret Martin Wörn, Sulzburg, AustriaGroup
2004Turi Simeti, Galleria d'Arte Serego, Verona Solo
2004Turi Simeti, Galleria Poleschi, Milano Solo
2003Simeti Turi Il silenzio dello spazioGalleria Giraldi, Livorno, Italy Solo
2003Turi Simeti, ARTESILVA, Seregno, Italy Solo
2003Turi Simeti, Carte d'Arte Mostre, Catania Solo
2003Analogie tra Anomalie, Pinacoteca Comunale Villa Soranzo, Varallo Pombia, ItalyGroup
2003Opera, Palazzolo Acreide, ItalyGroup
2003Fondazione Calderara, Vacciago, ItalyGroup
2002Turi SimetiFondazione Mudima, Milano Solo
2002Turi SimetiGalleria Rino Costa, Casale Monferrato, Italy Solo
2002Turi SimetiGalleria Bergamo, Bergamo Solo
2002Turi SimetiGalerie Maier, Kitzbühel, Austria Solo
2002Turi SimetiGalerie Wack, Kaiserslautern, Germany Solo
2001Turi Simeti Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, Gallarate, Italy Solo
2001Intenso Essenziale, 46a Mostra Nazionale d’arte Contemporanea, Civica Galleria d’ArteGroup
2001Contemporanea, Termoli, ItalyGroup
2001OriginiPalazzo Spadaro, Scicli, Ragusa, ItalyGroup
2000Turi SimetiStudio d'Arte Harry Zellweger, Basel Solo
2000Turi SimetiGalerie Uwe Sacksofsky, Heidelberg, Germany Solo
1999L'opera estroflessa, Galleria Scalarte, Verona Solo
1999Turi SimetiMärz Galerien, Ladenburg, Germany Solo
1999Turi SimetiMärz Galerien, Mannheim, Germany Solo
1999L'opera estroflessa Galleria ScalArte, Verona, ItalyGroup
1999Museo d'Altre delle Generazione Italiane del '900, Bargellini, Pieve di Centro, ItalyGroup
1998Galleria Giraldi, Livorno, ItalyGroup
1998Turi SimetiGalerie Kain, Basel Solo
1997Turi SimetiGalleria Vinciana, Milano Solo
1997Turi SimetiGalleria Le Chances de l'Art, Bolzano Solo
1997Turi SimetiCentro Culturale Officina, Trapani Solo
1997Turi SimetiVenticinquenale, La Salermiana, Erice, ItalyGroup
1996Circumnavigazione Arte Oggi - Caleidoscopio Sicilia, Università di Sydney, Sydney, AustraliaGroup
1996Turi SimetiIntrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, New York, United States of AmericaGroup
1996Turi SimetiGalleria Trezzo, Trezzo sull'Adda, Italy Solo
1996Turi SimetiLa Salerniana, Erice, Italy Solo
1996Turi SimetiKunstverein, Ludwigsburg, Germany Solo
1996Turi SimetiGalerie Uli Lang, Biberach, Germany Solo
1996Turi SimetiGalerie Wack, Kaiserslautern, Germany Solo
1995Turi SimetiVilla Banfi, Carnate, Italy Solo
1995Percorsi dell'Astrazione a Milano, Museo della Permanente, Milano, ItalyGroup
1994Turi SimetiMuseion Documenta, Museo d' Arte Moderna di Bolzano, ItalyGroup
1994IDAC - Konkrete Kunst International, Museo di Ludwigshafen, Ludwigshafen, GermanyGroup
1994Turi SimetiPaço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro Solo
1994Turi SimetiSpini Arte, Robbiate, Italy Solo
1993Turi SimetiMuseo dell' Alto Mantovano, Gazoldo Degli Ippoliti, Mantova, ItalyGroup
1993Presenza Assenza, Galleria Pohlhammer, Steyr, AustriaGroup
1993Presenza Assenza, Museo Casabianca, MaloGroup
1992Zero - Lich Bewegung Strukturen, The Huberte Goote Gallery, Zug, SwitzerlandGroup
1992Only Paper?, Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, GermanyGroup
1992IDAC - Konkrete Kunst International, Zoetermeer, NetherlandsGroup
1992Paesaggio con Rovine, Museo Civico di Gibellina, Gibellina, ItalyGroup
1992Turi SimetiGalleria Palmieri, Busto Arsizio, Italy Solo
1991Turi SimetiGalerie Wack, Kaiserslautern, Germany Solo
1991Turi SimetiMuseo Civico di Gibellina, Ghibellina, Italy Solo
1991Turi SimetiSicilia: Mito e Realtà, Museo Pepoli, Trapani, ItalyGroup
199058-'80 Bonalumi Castellani Simeti - Tre Percorsi, Galleria Milenium, Milano, ItalyGroup
1990Turi SimetiFahnen Für Rottweil, Rottweil, GermanyGroup
1989Eine Europäische Bewegung, Sammlung Lenz Schönberg, Zentrales Künstlerhaus am Krimwall, Moskva, RussiaGroup
1989Turi SimetiIsola, Isole, Capo d' Orlando, ItalyGroup
1989Turi SimetiGalleria Arte Struktura, Milano, ItalyGroup
1989Turi SimetiGalleria Vismara, Milano, Italy Solo
1988Turi SimetiZero, Vision Und Bewegund,Städtische Galeria im Lenbachhaus, München, GermanyGroup
1987Turi SimetiGalerie Monochrome, Aachen, Germany Solo
1987Premio Città di Marsala, Galleria Civica d' Arte Contemporanea, MarsalaGroup
1986Turi SimetiGalerie Apicella, Bonn, Germany Solo
1986Turi SimetiGaleria de Arte Centro Empresarial Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil Solo
1985Turi SimetiGalerie 44, Düsseldorf, Germany Solo
1985Turi SimetiGalerie Vayhinger, Radolfzell, Germany Solo
1985Turi SimetiGaleria Paulo Figueiredo, São Paulo, Brasil Solo
1985Turi SimetiGalerie Dorotea Van Der Koelen, Mainz, Germany Solo
1985Eine Europäische Bewegung, Collezione Lenz Schönberg, Salisburgo, AustriaGroup
1984Turi SimetiGalerie Maier, Kitzbüell, Austria Solo
1984Turi SimetiEspaço Petite Galerie, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil Solo
1984Turi SimetiGalerie Ahrens, Koblenz, Germany Solo
1983Turi SimetiGalerie Passmann, Freiburg, Germany Solo
1983Turi SimetiGalerie Wack, Kaiserslautern, Germany Solo
1983UntitledUn Punto Nel Mediterraneo, Atelier R. Bruno, Sciacca, ItalyGroup
1982UntitledKonkrete Kunst, Museum Schaffhausen, SwitzerlandGroup
1982Turi SimetiKunstverein, Schaffhausen, Switzerland Solo
1982Turi SimetiStudio Grossetti, Milano, Italy Solo
1981Turi SimetiGalleria Pagano, Bagheria, Italy Solo
1981Turi SimetiOpera Universitaria, Palermo, Italy Solo
1981Turi SimetiAtelier Rosario Bruno, Sciacca, Italy Solo
1981Turi SimetiGalleria Seno, Milano, Italy Solo
1980Turi SimetiPinacoteca Comunale di Macerata, Macerata, Italy Solo
1979Turi SimetiGalerie Ahrens, Koblenz, Germany Solo
1979Turi SimetiGalleria Tommaseo, Trieste, Italy Solo
1978UntitledKunstszene Oberitalien, Stadt Gelsenkirchen - Kunstsammlung, GermanyGroup
1977UntitledRationale Konzepte 77, Galleria Pa Szepan, Gelsenkirchen, GermanyGroup
1977Turi SimetiGalerie 44, Düsseldorf, Germany Solo
1976Turi SimetiGalerie Liatowitsch, Basel, Switzerland Solo
1976Turi SimetiGalleria Il Milione, Milano, Italy Solo
1976Turi SimetiGalerie Dr. Luise Krohn, Konstanz, Germany Solo
1975Turi SimetiGalerie Edith Wahlandt, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany Solo
19755 Jahre, Galleria Th. Keller, Kempfenhausen-Stamberg, GermanyGroup
1975Gli artisti siciliani 1925-1975, cinquant'anni di ricerche, Capo d' Orlando, ItalyGroup
1974UntitledKunstler Machenfahnem fur Rottweil, Rottweil, GermanyGroup
1974Turi SimetiGalerie Keller, München, Germany Solo
1973Turi SimetiForum Kunst, Rottweil, Germany Solo
1973Turi SimetiGalerie Wendtorf+Swetec, Düsseldorf, Germany Solo
1973Turi SimetiGalerie Centro, Oldenburg, Germany Solo
1973Turi SimetiStoll Multiple Art, Köln, Germany Solo
1972Turi SimetiGalleria dei Mille, Bergamo, Italy Solo
1972Turi SimetiGalleria Ferrari, Verona, Italy Solo
1972UntitledEstensione, Casa del Mantegna, Mantova, ItalyGroup
1972UntitledRéalités nouvelles, Paris, FranceGroup
1971Turi SimetiGalerie Loehr, Frankfurt, Germany Solo
1971Turi SimetiGalerie Bettina, Zürich, Switzerland Solo
1971Turi SimetiGalleria La Bertesca, Genova, Italy Solo
1971Turi SimetiGalerie M., Bochum, Germany Solo
1971Turi SimetiGalleria Uxa, Novara, Italy Solo
19705. a Rassegna d' Arte del Mezzogiorno, Napoli, ItalyGroup
1969UntitledHommage an das Schweigen, Innsbruck, AustriaGroup
1969Turi SimetiGalerie Latzer, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland Solo
1969Turi SimetiHenry Gallery, Virgin Islands Solo
1969Turi SimetiGalleria Stefanoni, Lecco, Italy Solo
1968Turi SimetiGalleria Cadario, Roma, Italy Solo
1968Turi SimetiGalleria Cadario, Milano, Italy Solo
1968Turi SimetiGalleria Giraldi, Livorno, Italy Solo
1968UntitledTriennale, Milano, ItalyGroup
1968UntitledRevort 2, Palermo, ItalyGroup
1967Nuova Tendenza, Comune di Reggio Emilia, ItalyGroup
1967UntitledPremio Silvestro Lega, Modigliana, ItalyGroup
1967Nuova tendenza 2, Galleria Il Cenobio, Milano, ItalyGroup
1967Panorama 2, Galleria La Polena, Genova, ItalyGroup
1967Ipotesi Linguistiche Intersoggetive, Centro Proposte, Firenze,ItalyGroup
1967UntitledNuova Tendenza, Comune di Modena,ItalyGroup
1966UntitledGalleria l' Obelisco, Roma, ItalyGroup
1966 Galleria Milano, Milano, ItalyNuove ricerche visive in Italia,Group
1966Weiss auf weiss, Kunstmuseum, Bern, SwitzerlandGroup
1966Pittura Oggettuale, Galleria Zen, Brescia, ItalyGroup
1966Biennale Scandinava, Kopenhagen, DenmarkGroup
1966Turi SimetiGalleria Il Chiodo, Palermo, Italy Solo
1966Turi SimetiGalleria Vismara, Milano, Italy Solo
1965Turi SimetiGalerie Wulfengasse, Klagenfurt, Germany Solo
1965UntitledNuova Tendenza 3, Zagreb, CroatiaGroup
1965Arte Programmata Aktuel 65, Berna, SwitzerlandGroup
1965Zero Avantgarde,Studio di Lucio Fontana, Milano, ItalyGroup
1965Zero Avantgarde,Galleria Il Punto, Torino, ItalyGroup
1965Zero Avantgarde,Galleria il Cavallino, Venezia, ItalyGroup
1964UntitledPremio Altemps, Roma, ItalyGroup
1964UntitledStrutture di Visione, Avezzano, ItalyGroup
1964UntitledStudio des Kunstkreises Hameln, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
1963UntitledRassegna arti figurative Roma e Lazio, Roma, ItalyGroup
1963UntitledPremio Termoli, Termoli, ItalyGroup
1963Arte Visuale, Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze, ItalyGroup