Guglielmo Achille Cavellini

Biography

Picture Guglielmo Achille Cavellini
Guglielmo Achille Cavellini (1914-1990) was an Italian mail artist also known as GAC who “started his activity in the art world in 1946 as a collector. His collection, which was initially based upon a large selection of Italian and European abstract art, soon became so important that it was exhibited in 1957 at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome and in numerous other museums throughout Europe. In 1960 GAC concentrated on his artistic production and for the entire decade centered his research on materials and relations with other significant contemporary artists in the form of reinterpretations of their works. In 1970 he invented the term autostoricizzazione (self-historicization) and from that point on he started a long work of conceptual self-promotion, which sought to by-pass the roles of the critic and of the market, thus focusing, often ironically, on the mechanisms of the system of art. Particularly interesting examples from this phase include the Standards at the entrance of the museums, the Self-portraits, the Postage Stamps, the Stickers, the Postcards, the Manifestos, which the most exclusive museums in the world would dedicate to the exibitions celebrating Cavellini's centenary, and the page of the Encyclopedia, where he rewrote his biography in an ironic and surreal manner.

Solo exhibitions (selected):

1965
Galleria Apollinaire, Milano

1990
Galleria Piero Cavellini, Brescia
Artestudio, Ponte Nossa (BG)

1991
Galerie Air de Paris Nice
Art Box Carpi Sala Estense
Museo Ken Damy, Brescia

1992
Espace, Torino
Museo Ken Damy, Brescia

1993
Fondazione Mudima Milano
Musei Civici di Rimini Galleria d'arte moderna
Museo Ken Damy di fotografia contemporanea
Chiesa del Carmine Brescia
Muzeum Moderného Umenia Warholovcov

1994
Slovenska Vytarna Unia, Bratislava
Museo Ken Damy di fotografia contemporanea
Comune di Sirmione, Palazzo Civico "GAC Drugstore"

1995
Comune di Pesaro Ass. alla cultura. Sala Lauriana
Museo Ken Damy di fotografia contemporanea
Stamp Art Gallery S. Francisco USA

1996
Archivio Cavellini, Brescia
Museo Ken Damy

1997
Sarenco Club Art Gallery (Verona)
Passage Ierimonti Milano
Museo Ken Damy, Brescia

1998
Wella Italia Castiglione delle Stiviere MN
Museo Ken Damy di fotografia contemporanea Brescia
Expo Arte Montichiari BS
Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine (UD)

1999
Municipio, Sala delle colonne, Botticino
Galleria Spaziotemporaneo, Milano
Scuola Media Tovini, Brescia
Cavalese, Palazzo dei Congressi
Museo Ken Damy di fotografia contemporanea, Brescia
Galleria Peccolo, Livorno

Group exhibitions (selected):

1948
Roma, Rassegna nazionale di arti figurative.

1990
Sala dell'Accademia del Disegno, Firenze
Museo Ken Damy, Brescia

1991
Civica Raccolta del Disegno. Palazzo Civico. Salò BS
Air de Paris a Paris

1992
Galerie Saqqarah Gstaad (CH)
Galerie Montaigne Paris (F)

1993
Villa Brunati Città di Desenzano del Garda
Comune di Maderno
Centro culturale Sincron Brescia

1994
Il mercato del pesce Sesto S. Giovanni MI
Premio Vasto "Sala personale"

1995
Le Consortium Dijon (F)

1996
Ierimonti Gallery (MI)
Il mercato del pesce Sesto S. Giovanni MI
AAB Brescia

1997
Galleria S. Michele Brescia
Ex chiesa di Santa Rita Roma
Torre Gonzaghesca Rocca Spia d'Italia Solferino MN
Galleria d'arte moderna di Palazzo Forti Verona

1998
Palazzo della Ragione Mantova
Magazzini del sale Palazzo comunale Siena
Consortium Dijon (F)

1999
Luciano Inga-Pin, Milano
Akropolis, Brescia

For the latest exhibitions of the artist, please see the Appointments' Archive