Claudio Parmiggiani Biography
In the late 50ies he knew Giorgio Morandi in Bologna, whose work was to have a profound impact on him. The spirit of Marcel Duchamp and Piero Manzoni was also apparent early on in his manipulation and presentation of objects.
Associated throughout his career with both the Arte Povera and Conceptual Art movements, Parmiggiani’s work resists substantial connection with either.
From 1970 he executes the first Delocazioni, works and environments made of shadows and imprints made through the use of dust, fire and smoke. This very particular genre of works, which reflect on the theme of absence and the passage of time in its visible traces, will be further developed in the following years (for example, at the Centre George Pompidou, Paris 1997). Unclassifiable, it skirts both the poor art and the conceptual one assuming, however, a unique and inimitable posture in the contemporary panorama. His works have been presented in various editions of the Venice Biennale (1972, 1982, 1984, 1995) and in the most important international exhibition centers; Among his personal exhibitions are those held at the Pavilion of Contemporary Art in Milan (1982), the Civic Museums of Reggio nell'Emilia (1985), the Museum moderner Kunst in Vienna (1987), the Mathildenhöhe Institut in Darmstadt (1992), the Centre méditerranéen d'art in Toulon (1999), the Listasaf Islands (Icelandic National Gallery) in Reykjavík (2000), the Musée Fabre in Montpellier (2002); Palazzo Fabroni in Pistoia (2007).