Turi Simeti
Untitled (relief), 1965
acrylic on canvas on masonit
Ø 47 cm
Turi Simeti
Quarantadue ovali bianchi, 1965
Collage of canvas on canvas
120 x 100 cm
Turi Simeti
Quadrato su quadrato, piombo, 1970
lead on pavatex
22,8 x 22,5 cm

In 1929 Turi Simeti is born in Alcamo in Italy. In 1958 after moving to Rome he starts late painting. Essential for this proceed is the contact to the painter and sculptor Alberto Burri, in whose atelier he spends a lot of time. In the early 1960ies follow sojourns in London, Paris and Bâle, where he gets in contact with numerous representatives of the contemporary avantgarde. In 1965 Simeti turns towards the ZERO movement and participates in the same year in the exhibition Zero Avantgarde which takes place in the Milanese atelier of Lucio Fontana.  From this point Simeti presents his works on international exhibitions.  Monochrom canvases formed by ovals  become his trademark.  The relief-like formations have an unique three-dimensional effect. Between 1966 and 1969 he is invited as an artist-in-residence by the Fairleigh Dickinson University and stays for a long time in New York. From the middle of the 1960ies on his works are shown in numerous Italian galleries and Simeti  gains a lot of attention in Switzerland and Germany. During the early 1970ies he focuses in his work on the  transition of the single elements to diptychs and polyptychs. This leads to works of a higher spatial complexity in the 80ies. In 1980 Simeti starts to work in a new studio in Rio de Janeiro, where he also exhibits his works for the following years. In 1981 the show Bonalumi - Castellani - Simeti: Three itinaries takes place in the Galleria Millenium. Beside Castellani and Bonalumi Simeti is one of the most important Italian representatives of the  ZERO art. In 1989 he returns back to Italy with a single exhibition in the Vismara-Gallery in Milan after years of intense work on the international level. In the 90ies his work shows a multiplication and distribution of the volumetric and projecting oval elements on the surface as well as a more intense and more varied coloration. The 2000ies as the years before are characterized  by the international  exhibition activity of the artist. Turi Simeti lives and works in Milan.

1963 Arte Visuale, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence 1964 Studio des Kunstkreises Hameln, Hamburg 1965 Zero Avantgarde, Studio di Lucio Fontana, Milan / Galleria il Punto, Torino / Gallerie il Cavallino, Venice / Aktuell 65, Galerie Aktuel, Bern / Nuova Tendenza 3, Zagreb / Galerie Wulfengasse, Klagenfurt 1966 Galleria Vismara, Milan / Biennale Scandinava, Kopenhagen / Weiss auf Weiss, Kunstmuseum, Bern 1967 Nuova Tendenza, Comune di Modena & Comune di Reggio Emilia 1968 Triennale, Milan 1969 Hommage an das Schweigen, Innsbruck 1971 Galerie M., Bochum / Galerie Loehr, Frankfurt 1972 Estensione, Casa del Mantegna, Mantua / Galleria dei Mille, Bergamo 1974 Galerie Keller, Munich 1974 Künstler Machen Fahne für Rottweil, Rottweil 1975 Gli artisti siciliani 1925-1975, cinquant'anni di ricerche, Capo d' Orlando / Galerie Edith Wahlandt, Schwäbisch Gmünd 1976 Galleria il Milione, Milan 1977 Galerie 44, Dusseldorf 1980 Pinacoteca Comunale di Macerata, Macerata 1981 Opera Universitaria, Palermo 1982 Studio Grossetti, Milan / Kunstverein, Schaffhausen / Konkrete Kunst, Museum Schaffhausen 1984 Espaço Petite Galerie, Rio de Janeiro 1985 Eine Europäische Bewegung, Sammlung Lenz Schönberg, Salzburg 1987 Galerie Monochrom, Aachen 1988 Zero, Vision und Bewegund, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich 1989 Galleria Vismara, Milan 1989 Eine Europäische Bewegung, Sammlung Lenz Schönberg, Zentrales Künstlerhaus am Krimwall, Moskow 1990 58-'80 Bonalumi Castellani Simeti - Tre Percorsi, Galleria Milenium, Milan 1991 Museo Civico di Gibellina, Ghibellina / Sicilia: Mito e Realtà, Museo Pepoli, Trapani 1992 Paesaggio con Rovine, Museo Civico di Gibellina, Gibellina / IDAC - Konkrete Kunst International, Zoetermeer / Only Paper?, Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach / Zero - Lich Bewegung Strukturen, Huberte Goote Gallery, Zug 1993 Museo dell' Alto Mantovano, Gazoldo Degli Ippoliti, Mantua 1994 IDAC - Konkrete Kunst International, Museum Ludwigshafen / Museion Documenta, Museum für moderne und zetigenössiche Kunst, Bozen 1995 Percorsi dell'Astrazione a Milano, Museo della Permanente, Milan 1996 Kunstverein, Ludwigsburg 1996 Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, New York 1999 Museo d'Altre delle Generazione Italiane del '900, Bargellini, Pieve di Centro 2001 Origini, Palazzo Spadaro, Scicli, Ragusa 2003 Fondazione Calderara, Vacciago 2006 Zero, Künstler einer europäischen Bewegung, Sammlung Lenz Schönberg 1956-2006, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg 2009 Monocromo, Museo Civico di Marsala, Convento del Carmine, Marsala / Turi Simeti, 53rd Biennale di Venezia, Padiglione della Repubblica Arabo Siriana, Venice 2011 Stucchi, Villa Morosini, Rovigo 2013 Bianco Italia, Tournaboni Art, Paris 2015 Dep Art Gallery, Milan 2017 Palazzo Belmonte Riso, Palermo 2018 Turi Simeti 33 anni dopo, CADORO Zentrum für Kunst und Wissenschaft, Mainz

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