The works have been selected by Carlos A. Picón, former Chief Curator for Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and now Director of the Colnaghi gallery in New York. Colnaghi will once again collaborate with Ben Brown Fine Arts, to create an evocative stand where antiquities dialogue silently with the monochromatic canvases of arte povera leader Alighiero Boetti.
The Abbazia di San Gregorio was originally built in the 9th century as a Benedictine Abbey. Located centrally on the Grand Canal, near Santa Maria della Salute, it was restored in the early 20th century and includes architectural and decorative features spanning more than 1,000 years. Set amidst its medieval architecture, and the expanse of rooms centered around an impressive courtyard, the installation aims to encapsulate the timeless spirit of the Grand Tourist and illustrate the lifestyle of a modern-day collector.
Colnaghi is proud to host two concurrent exhibitions: FONTANA with Ben Brown Fine Arts, and MASTER DRAWINGS with Artur Ramon Art. FONTANA re-examines the career of one of the most innovative artists of the twentieth century, Lucio Fontana, and features works spanning the artist’s career, including seminal paintings, drawings and ceramics from the 1930s to the late 1960s. Alongside the works of Lucio Fontana, Arturo Ramon Art presents MASTER DRAWINGS, a collection of important works on paper by artists such as Juan Antonio Conchillos, Pedro de Campaña, Eugenio Lucas Velázquez, and Pablo Picasso. Together, the two exhibitions span over 400 years of European history of art and offer insights into the methods and thoughts of both Modern and Old Masters. The exhibition will run from 22 January to 28 February at Colnaghi’s townhouse space at 38 East 70th Street in New York.
Our mission is to foster appreciation, enjoyment and study of pre-twentieth-century artworks and antiquities in the Western European tradition. By creating the Henry Clay Fricks, Archer Milton Huntingtons and Isabella Stewart Gardeners of the future, we safeguard and increase the rich legacy of the great collectors of the 19th and early 20th centuries. By using an on-line platform to disseminate new research, exhibitions and learning experiences, we bring together scholars, institutions, and collectors, and reach out to a wider audience through web-based public engagement initiatives.