Emilio Vedova

Emilio Vedova was born in Venice in 1919. He approaches to the painting as self-taught and attended for a short period the evening classes of decoration at Carmini in Venice. In 1942 he joined the group “Corrente”, with Renato Birolli, Umberto Vittorini, Ennio Morlotti, and Renato Guttuso and from 1943 he participates actively in the Resistance. In 1946, in Milan he collaborates with Morlotti for the Manifesto “Oltre Guernica” and in Venice is one of the founders of the “Nuovo fronte delle arti.” In this period he began a series of Black Geometries, works in black and white with a cubist space setting.

He organizes his first solo show in the U.S.A. at the Catherine Viviano Gallery in New York in 1951 and the same year he also received the prize for young painters at the first Sao Paulo’s Biennale. In 1952 he took part at the “Gruppo degli Otto”. In 1955 he participated at the first Documenta in Kassel and the following year he was awarded of the Guggenheim International Award. In 1959 he creates large canvases called “Clash of situations”(Scontro di situazioni), presented at the exhibition “Vitality in Art” at Palazzo Grassi in Venice, and then at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

In 1960 he received the Award for Painting at the Venice Biennale and in the same year he realized the sets and costumes for the Luigi Nono’s opera Intolerance ’60. Between 1961-63 he begins to realize the first Plurimi, paintings / sculptures, movable, in painted wood and metal, different materials which invade the space and the floor. In 1965 Vedova is invited, as chief, to renew the International Summer Academy in Salzburg, from 1965 to 1969, and again in 1988.

In 1965 and in 1983 travels in the United States of America where he held numerous conferences. Between 1975 and 1986, Vedova teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. Since the end of the ’70ies he experiments numerous techniques and forms, such as the Binari Plurimi monotypes. In 1995 he began a series of objects painted on wood, called “Disco-Plurimo”. Vedova died in Venice, at the age 87 years old in 2006.

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