Giorgio Griffa is one of Italy’s most eminent exponents of minimalist abstraction.
Griffa developed his practice in the cultural climate of Turin in the 1960s, when he began questioning the confines of painting in search of a new paradigm, promoting the idea of an art that did not imitate but sprang purely from its own techniques and materials. Between 1967 and 1968, Griffa’s language acquired the unique attributes that continue to characterize it to this day.
Griffa’s work has often been associated to Italian and international movements as Nuova Pittura (New Painting) and Pittura analitica (Analytic Painting), as well as Arte Povera. In 1969 and 1973 he participated in the avant-garde shows “Prospect” at the Kunsthalle in Düsseldorf and in 1970 in “Processi di pensiero visualizzati”, a seminal exhibition at the Kunstmuseum, Lucerne. He was then invited to “Contemporanea” (1973), the historical exhibition in the garages of Villa Borghese in Rome where Joseph Beuys, Cy Twombly, Jasper Johns, Mario Merz and many others premiered important interventions. He participated in the Venice Biennale in 1978 and 1980.
Recent solo presentations of his work include Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles (2016), Fondazione Giuliani, Rome (2016), Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva (2015), Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2014), Casey Kaplan, New York (2013), Mies van der Rohe Haus, Berlin (2012), Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma (MACRO – 2011), Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Turin (2000). Griffa’s work has also been shown at the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Kunsthaus Zurich, Moderna Museet Stockholm, Castello di Rivoli in Turin, and Tate Modern (which recently acquired his work for their permanent collection).