Ettore Spalletti

Born 26 January 1940. Died 11 October 2019.
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Ettore Spalletti Biography

Ettore Spalletti was an Italian artist. He exhibited at Documenta in 1982 and 1992 and represented Italy at the Venice Biennale in 1997. Highlights include solo exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (1993) and the Musee d'art Moderne in Paris (1991). Artforum named Ettore Spalletti’s solo exhibition at the Henry Moore Foundation in Leeds as one of the most important world art events of 2005. Spalletti was mostly known for his light blue monochrome paintings that he created on different surfaces and for his creative use of light. His art is difficult to define and crosses the boundaries of painting and sculpture, making use of geometries and lines that are apparently simple, but of great plastic effect, given the artist's visible effort to relate space, colour and form. Spalletti lived and worked for all his life in his birthplace Cappelle sul Tavo in Abruzzo. His works are in the permanent collections of many Italian museums: Museo di Palazzo ducale in Gubbio, Villa Menafoglio Litta Panza in Varese, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Museo MADRE in Naples. In 2014, the most comprehensive retrospective of the artist's work, entitled Un giorno così bianco, così bianco (A day so white, so white), was staged in a museum circuit formed by MAXXI in Rome, GAM in Turin and the Madre Museum in Naples.

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