Giorgio Andreotta Calò
Senza titolo (La fine del mondo), 2017 / Untitled (The End of the World), 2017
Installation view at Italian Pavilion 57th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia
Photo: Roberto Marossi

Giorgio Andreotta Calò (b. 1979 Venice, lives and works in Venice and Amsterdam. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice (IT) and the Kunsthochschule, Berlin (DE). From 2009-2010 he was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, in Amsterdam (NL).

The works of Giorgio Andreotta Calò range from large-scale environmental installations to imperceptible modifications of architecture, transforming fragments of buildings or entire landscapes through natural forces or elements, especially water and fire, which are charged with an archaic, primal symbolism. One of the themes found throughout Andreotta Calò’ s artistic practice is the lagoon landscape of Venice, his hometown. Water, in all its forms and functions, is a recurrent motif in this artist’ s vocabulary: seen as both a source of nourishment and a destructive force, in Andreotta Calò’ s installations, it often becomes a reflective, opaque, viscous material, or a dark and solid pool, a substance with mysterious, mutable properties.

In 2017, Andreotta Calò exhibited a major installation in the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. His work was presented at ILLUMInazioni/ILLUMInations, the 54th Venice Biennale, 2011. Solo exhibitions include 5122.65 Miles, Depart Foundation, Los Angeles, 2016; Le promesse dell’arte, Institut Culturel Italien, Paris, 2014. He has participated in group shows including Altri tempi, altri miti, 16th Quadriennale d’Arte, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, 2016; Wanderlust, curated by Cecilia Alemani, High Line Art, New York, 2016; Ennesima, curated by Vincenzo de Bellis, Triennale di Milano, 2015. In 2014 he won the Premio New York. In 2012 he won the Premio Italia for contemporary art, sponsored by Museo MAXXI, Rome.

His work is represented in collections including

Fondazione La Triennale di Milano (IT), AGI Verona (IT), Antinori Art Project, Chianti, Florence (IT), Italy Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia (IT), Depart Foundation, Rome (IT),and Los Angeles (US), Fiorucci Art Trust, London (UK), Ekard Collection (NL), Fondazione Giuliani, Rome (IT), FRAC Fondo Regionale Arte Contemporanea Piemonte (IT), Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella (IT), Collezione La Gaia, Busca, Cuneo (IT), Università LUM Jean Monnet, Bari (IT), MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome (IT), MGLC, International Centre of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana (SI), Museo del Vetro di Murano – Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia (IT), Museo di Villa Croce, Genua (IT), Mutina for Art, Fiorano, Modena (IT), Nomas Foundation, Rome (IT), Stedelijk Museum Schiedam (NL), and Yuanart Collection (CH).

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