Piazza San Sepolcro, 2
About the Presentation
Galleria Tommaso Calabro will dedicate a solo presentation to the Italian abstract artist Mario Deluigi (1901-78) featuring a selection of his grattage paintings from the 1950s and early 1960s. Based in Venice, the artist was affiliated with Lucio Fontana’s Spatialism movement, which rejected the illusory space of traditional painting and advocated for art’s embrace of science and technology. Deluigi’s investigations of space, light, and color led him to develop the grattage technique, generating luminosity by scratching marks into the painted surfaces of his works. This device, first explored in the Motifs on Voids series presented at the 1954 Venice Biennale, came to define the artist’s production for the rest of his career.
About the Gallery
Tommaso Calabro Gallery specializes in modern and contemporary art. The gallery collaborates with artists’ estates, archives, foundations and curators to mount research exhibitions with an interdisciplinary approach, offering a fresh reading on celebrated and lesser-known modern masters.
The gallery is located on the first floor of Palazzo Marietti, a Neoclassical palace of Renaissance origins in Piazza San Sepolcro, a charming square in the heart of Milan. Here, the Romanic Church of San Sepolcro dialogues with eighteenth- and nineteenth-century buildings as well as with the famous tower designed by Italian architect Pietro Portaluppi.
An eighteenth-century staircase with a red marble handrail leads to the gallery’s exhibition rooms, which span over 400 sqm and are enriched by original inlaid wooden floors, stuccoes, and frescoes.
Mario De Luigi, G. R. 208, 1970/71, oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 23 5/8 inches (60 x 60 cm), Courtesy Galleria Tommaso Calabro
Mario de Luigi in his Studio, 1968, courtesy Galleria Tommaso Calabro