The nucleus of the Vecchiato Art Gallery was founded in Padova, in 1986, by Dante Vecchiato. Among the artists exhibited at the inauguration, were some of the greatest exponents of 20th century Italian art: Mario Sironi, Massimo Campigli, Afro, Alberto Burri, Emilio Vedova and Lucio Fontana to whom a solo exhibition was dedicated in 1987.
Dante Vecchiato’s research was initially open to established artists starting with the exponents of Nouveau Réalisme (Cesar, Arman and Christo, Daniel Spoerri) and of the Informal, with solo exhibitions by Tancredi, Santomaso, Afro and Emilio Vedova.
By 1991 a large solo exhibition was dedicated to Andy Warhol, which was repeated with great success in 2006.
Artists such as Matta, Lam, Giorgio De Chirico, Alberto Savinio, Ottone Rosai, Filippo De Pisis, Giorgio Morandi, Massimo Campigli, Piero Manzoni, Robert Rauschenberg, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gino De Dominicis, Mimmo Paladino, Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, Fernando Botero followed one another in exhibiting at the gallery.
In 1997 the exhibition sites of Vicenza, Forte dei Marmi, Cortina D'Ampezzo.
were born. In 1999, the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat became the protagonist of the Gallery’s initiatives: an exhibition was organised at the premises of Forte dei Marmi and Cortina, at the same time as the presentation of the general catalogue of the African-American artist, in collaboration with the Paris based Galerie Enrico Navarra, at the Peggy Guggenheim Foundation in Venice which the New York gallerist, Tony Shafrazy of the same Basquiat Art, participated in.
Dante Vecchiato then won the title of "Talent Scout" taking forward the work of artists such as Cesare Berlingeri and Rabarama.
The work of the gallery reached several museums in the world, from the United States (Museum of Contemporary Art in Boca Raton, Florida) to Mexico (Museo Olmeto Patino, Mexico City), Venezuela (Gardens of the Cultural Center La Estancia, Caracas) China (Millennium Monument, Beijing and the exhibition buildings of ShenZhen and Shanghai), without forgetting, in Europe, France (Place du Pantheon, Paris and Musée Fleury, Lodève).
In 2006 the Vecchiato Art Gallery was among one of the first galleries in Italy to organize a major exhibition of contemporary Chinese artists ("Made in China") through which the new headquarters of Padua were inaugurated.
The year 2006 closed with an historical exhibition "La Bomba" dedicated to Andy Warhol.
The year 2007 celebrated the beginning of numerous exhibitions: Jacques Villeglé, Cesare Berlingeri and "Senza regole", a group exhibition of emerging artists, "A stretto giro " with works by the artists, Marco Nereo Rotelli, Silvio Fiorenzo and Lorenzo Fonda.
Between December 2008 and February 2010 a new exhibition space was born in the heart of Milan through research and new artistic trends, where the works of young and established Chinese artists like Zhang Xiaogang and Feng Zhengjie, and a special selection of new Indian and Egyptian avant-garde artistic works could be admired, as well as the great retrospectives by the masters of American Pop Art, like the exhibition of Keith Haring, organized for the occasion by Luca Beatrice.
Since 2008 the Vecchiato group has been making use of a television channel to inform the general public of the gallery’s new proposals, through live broadcasts on digital terrestrial and satellite channels.
Summer 2011 saw the opening of a new exhibition space in Pietrasanta, a fertile cultural and artistic centre, partly chosen by the artists and art collectors.
Since the death of Dante Vecchiato in 2010, work has been continued by his sister, Cinzia, who had collaborated with her brother from the start in the organisation of the galleries.
Another imporatant goal is the participation of Rabarama at the Venice Biennial, the 54th International Art Exhibition, and the attention towards new forms of media and technology. More importance is being given to the internet as a promotional channel, for contact and sale by means of a website which is constantly updated www.vecchiatoarte.com. A voice is also given to art through an interactive blog vecchiatoart.blogspot.it.
An increasing amount of space is being given to research and to new emerging artists, passing from new artistic languages like Street Art, with the very recent addition of Tony Gallo to the gallery’s artistic team, to the realistic painting of Severino del Bono, Cinzia Pellin, Silvia Papas, to the ability of Angelo Bordiga and Raffaele Rossi to visually evoke emotion and/or to the vivid experimentations of Giuseppe Ciracì and Francesco De Prezzo, to the sculptures of Dominique Rayou, Giuseppe Inglese, David Begbie, Nazareno Biondo and Gasch-Muche Josepha.
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