The cycle Stories of Art continues with a meeting with Francesco Bonami.
Born in Florence in 1955, Francesco Bonami has lived and worked in New York since 1987. He was the curator of the 75th Whitney Biennial of American Art that took place in New York in 2010 and designated by François Pinault as a co-curator with Alison Gingeras of the exhibition Mapping the Studio at Punta della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi in June 2009.
He has previously worked with François Pinault in 2008 as he curated the exhibition Italics. Italian Art between Tradition and Revolution, 1968-2008, co-organized by Palazzo Grassi and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) at Chicago.
He is the Artistic Director of the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo per l'Arte in Turin, of the Fondazione Pitti Discovery in Florence and of ENEL contemporanea.
From 1999 to 2008, he was the Manilow Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and, from 2004 to 2008, he was the Artistic Director of the Contemporary Art Centre Villa Manin di Codroipo (Udine).
He was the Director of the 50th Biennale of Arts in Venice in 2003 . He curated many exhibitions around the world, including a first anthology of Rudolf Stingel (2007) both for the MCA and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and, always at MCA, the Jeff Koons retrospective (2008). Furthermore he curated with Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and Tate Liverpool the first anthology of Glenn Brown (june 2009).
Francesco Bonami is the director of the contemporary art magazine TAR, published in 24 countries. His editorials appear regularly on Il Riformista, Donna Moderna, Panorama, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Il Corriere delle Sera Firenze and for other English- language publications such as The New York Times Magazine and Artforum.
Francesco Bonami is also the author of books on contemporary art, including Echoes: Contemporary Art at the Age of Endless Conclusionpublished by Monacelli Press in 1996, Cream and Maurizio Cattelan’s monograph both edited by Phaidon in 1998 and 1999 and Lo potevo Fare Anch’io by Mondadori. He wrote his first novel Lezioni di Fumo published by Marsilio Editore in 2005. In 2008, he published Irrazionalpopolare with Luca Mastroantonio edited by Einaudi and in March 2009 Dopotutto non è bruttowith Mondadori.
In may 2010 Mondadori editor published his new book Si crede Picasso, and Electa will publish "Storia dell'Arte fatta in casa".
The last 15th of June he received the title Legion d'Onore in Paris.
From the book He thinks he’s Picasso. Real Artists and Fake Artists
"Even if some of them would never admit it, all artists would like to be Picasso. Why Picasso? Simple: he was everything that an artist could desire: talented, rich, famous, fascinating, sociable, prolific, popular, unmistakable. But, even more importantly, Picasso was a real artist. Strange as it may seem, there are artists who are fake, for all that they seem the real thing. In what sense? I mean that there are people who may behave like artists – regularly producing work that is sold and then exhibited in galleries and museums – but who are actually not artists at all. This is because the motivation behind their work is not written in their DNA; instead, it is the fruit of their own convictions and ideas about themselves, which often they manage to convince others about as well. If you train your eye by visiting museums and exhibitions, then you will – almost automatically – begin to see the difference between true and fake artists. The work of art by a real artist stirs within us a sensation that is entirely different to that produced by the work of a wannabe or someone who is trying to pass themselves off as an artist. That sensation has nothing to do with whether we like the work or not; it arises from that fact that, at first glance, the work strikes us as something inevitable, unforgettable. " Francesco Bonami
Thursday June 24th at Palazzo Grassi, at 5pm