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Gallery/Dealer Details - Il Chiostro Arte Contemporanea

Chiostro Arte Contemporanea opened in 1988 with an exhibition of Filippo de Pisis titled The events of the minute, curated by Elena Pontiggia.
In the following years the exhibition activity has seen an alternation between 20th century masters as Marino Marini, Francesco De Rocchi, Carlo CarrĂ , Angelo Del Bon, Mario Sironi, Lucio Fontana and Aroldo Bonzagni, and contemporary artists with individual exhibitions of Jorge Eielson, Ferdinando Greco, Joaquin Roca-Rey, Giancarlo Ossola, Jean Michel Folon, Jorunn Monrad, Franco Marrocco.
In May 2005 the gallery opened its new venue with the exhibition Communicating with Art with works by Jean-Michel Folon, Saul Steinberg and Pino Pascali; it is now located in Viale Santuario, a few meters from the splendid church decorated with frescoes by Bernardino Luini and Gaudenzio Ferrari. The building from the early 20th century, renovated specifically to house the gallery, also hosts the Chiostro Art Café, which organizes cultural events of various kinds, from literature meetings, to art lessons, to workshops for children.
The new gallery premises, visited by a numerous and variegated public also thanks to the collateral events, have housed solo shows of Marco Di Giovanni (November-December 2005), Andy Warhol (April-May 2006), Maria Mulas (October-November 2006), Jorge Eielson (March-April 2007) and the group exhibition “Ordire Trame” curated by Angela Madesani, in collaboration with the StudioG7 gallery of Bologna. After the individual exhibition of Piero Gilardi (October 2007) the gallery has presented the group show “Atelier” with works by international 20th century masters (from Morandi to Sironi, from Giacometti to Varlin).
The gallery directors Duilio and Marina Affanni have a consolidated experience in 20th century art, but in the last ten years they have also focused on contemporary art. Even if 20th century art is part of a different historical, cultural and social context, their in-depth knowledge of this genre has oriented the choice towards artists who combine a contemporary approach with old-style commitment.
Among the emergent artists who are backed and promoted by the Chiostro gallery we find Marco Di Giovanni, Jorunn Monrad, Ferdinando Greco, Franco Marrocco, Ketty Tagliatti.
All exhibitions presented on the premises of the gallery have been documented by catalogues or books, to accompany and provide in-depth analysis of the visual selection; this aspect is usually taken care of by the curator or art critic invited to collaborate.

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