Piero Dorazio (1927 - 2005)

The artistic work of Piero Dorazio began almost instantly after the Second World War and was dedicated from the beginning to the phenomena of colour and light, a characteristic that shows convergence with the convictions and entire body of thought of the ZERO artists.

With the use of geometry as an artistic medium, he captures the factors light and colour and brings them to the canvas. In his delicately structured and atmospheric, lattice-like painting, which was strongly affected by his architectural studies, light itself is a consistently central theme. Moreover, colour manifests itself as a luminous configuration of variation through abstract sequences of patterns and fields. In these circumstances, the term ‘abstract’ applies only in the sense that the paintings were not figurative. Still today, Dorazio is deemed one of the most important Italian artists of the second half of the 20th century and is viewed as a pioneer of Abstraction in Italy.

 

 

 

1927 Born in Rome

 

1945 Studies in architecture in Rome

 

1947-1948 Scolarship for the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris

 

1950 Foundation from the gallery forum Age d'Or in Rome und Florence


1953-1954 A year abroad in the USA 

 

1961 Prix Kandinsky

 

1973 First "Grey Changing" arises

 

1974 Settles down in an old abandoned cloister in Todi Umbria, Italy


1997 Michelangelo-Price from the Accademia dei Virtuosi del Panthenon

 

2005 Died in Perugia, Umbria

 1952 Documenta II, Kassel 

 

1961 Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf

 

1963 Museo de Arte Moderno, Sao Paulo

 

1964 Documenta III, Kassel

 

1966 Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart

 

1969 Haus am Waldsee, Berlin

 

1971 Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel

 

1979 Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

 

           Retroperspective, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

 

1980 Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale

 

1981 Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen

 

           Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst und Neue Pinakothek, Munich

 

1982 Quadrat Moderne Galerie, Bottrop

 

1983 Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome

 

1985 Takanawa Art Gallery Seibu, Tokyo

 

1988 Biennale in Venice

 

           Piero Dorazio: Bilder Aquarelle Zeichnungen (1956-1988), Kunsthaus Zug

 

1990 Musée de Grenoble

 

           Galleria Communale d’Arte Moderna, Bologna

 

1992 Kunstverein Ludwigshafen

 

1996 Calcografia Nazionale, Rome

 

1998 PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan

 

2001 Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bozen

 

2016 Art after 1945 - 1968, Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe