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Franco Toselli and the Artists of “portofranco”
Soft Revolution

13 JUL - 26 AUG 2018

Free entrance
Tuesday - Sunday
10.30 am - 8.30 pm
Palazzo della Triennale
The exhibitions presents for the first time the experience of "Portofranco," through a narration of historical and recent works.

La Triennale di Milano presents the exhibition Franco Toselli and the Artists of “portofranco”: Soft Revolution, which runs from 13 July to 26 August 2018

Franco Toselli is an Italian gallery owner best known around the world for his rapid response to the avant-garde movements ever since the 1960s. In the 1990s he brought together a number of artists, both young and less so, under the collective name of “portofranco”. Taking inspiration mainly from the art of Salvo, Luigi Ontani, Alighiero Boetti, Tony Cragg, and Emilio Prini, and from the poetic worlds of Nicola De Maria, Jan Knap, Milan Kunc, and Charlemagne Palestine, they practiced a predominantly conceptual form of painting, with an intense degree of lyricism, warmth and lightness. This is not exactly a group, but rather a climate and a shared atmosphere, created by painting that is both image and idea.

The name “portofranco” [literally, “freeport” in English] is a playful reference to Franco Toselli himself, but it also evokes an idea of freedom (since goods are not subject to customs duties in free ports). “It’s like looking for land over the ocean, it’s a bet. A unencoded situation, rather indecipherable… There is no theme that unites us, no manifesto, no ideology. The only thing all the artists have in common is freedom”, said Enzo Forese, one of the artists featured in the exhibition together with Peter Angermann, Fabrizio Braghieri, Serena Clessi, Giorgio Colombo, Tony Cragg, Nicola De Maria, Bonomo Faita, Angelo Formica, Francesca Fornasari, Helgi Thorgils Fridjonsson, Riccardo Gusmaroli, Jan Knap, Milan Kunc, Claus Larsen, Kazumasa Mizokami, Corrado Levi, Enzo Obiso, Charlemagne Palestine, Paola Pezzi, Lisa Ponti, Luigi Puxeddu, Rosa Maria Rinaldi, Salvo, Antonio Serrapica, Antonio Sofianopulo, Giacomo Toselli, Giampaolo Truffa, and Gabriele Turola.

The display includes works by all these artists and by some of their main sources of inspiration, including an important work by Tony Cragg, Milan Kunc’s famous Sunflower and the great Spiral, 1988, by Peter Angermann.


Curated by
Elena Pontiggia

Artistic direction
Edoardo Bonaspetti

Bonomo Faita

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