Gianni Colombo : The Body and the Space 1959-1980

The pioneer of contemporary environmental practices and installations. The book is related to key moments in Colombo’s artistic course, spanning from 1959, the year he cofounded Gruppo T and first exhibited his work at the Galleria Azimut, to 1980, when he realized his first London environment at Hayward Gallery. Colombo’s practice aimed at overcoming the traditional notion of art as an object to contemplate in order to create work that requires the active involvement of the viewer. From his tactile pieces and works in motion of the late 1950, to his immersive light installations of the 1960 into his mature large-scale environments, he conceived art as the place for an experience which belongs to both the body and the mind. His investigation of space is led by this idea of changing the spectator’s conventional relationship with reality, both physically and psychically, encompassing also a broad dialogue with technology and architecture.

About The Author

Francesca Pola is a historian and critic of contemporary art as well as an independent curator and art journalist. Marco Scotini is an art critic and an independent curator. He is professor of art history and director of the visual arts school at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) in Milan. He is the director of the Gianni Colombo archive in Milan.

  • Publish Date: February 23, 2016
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Art - Individual Artists - Monographs
  • Publisher: Marsilio
  • Trim Size: 9-1/2 x 11
  • Pages: 256
  • US Price: $60.00
  • CDN Price: $60.00
  • ISBN: 978-88-317-2304-6


"Gianni Colombo was a pioneer of kinetic art. He was a restless innovator who saw the pictorial plane as less of a reliable convention and more of an unchartered territory. Colombo’s sculptures eschew the decorative in favour of the aesthetic of modernism, while his installations – or “environments”, as they are known – feel strikingly contemporary."

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