Antonio Corpora

Biography

Picture Antonio Corpora

Antonio Corpora was born in Tunis on 15 August 1909.
There he attended an art academy and studied under Armand Vergeaud until he went to Florence in 1930 to copy Old Master paintings. In 1931 Corpora settled in Paris, where he met Alberto Giacometti and Sergio Signori. Corpora often returned to Italy and Tunisia, where he co-founded the 'Les quatres' group in 1934. Good contacts to well-known Italian artists, including the group associated with the Galleria del Milione in Milan, enabled him to publish some of his writings. In the 1930s Corpora painted in an abstract style notable for geometric forms and strips of colour. Late in the 1930s he briefly held a chair in stage design in Bologna but left Italy during the second world war to live in Tunis. On returning to Italy in 1945, Corpora joined forces with Guttuso, Fazzini et al to found the 'Neo-cubista' group. The pictures he produced at that time were under the sway of Braque and Matisse. In 1947 Corpora became a member of the 'Fronte Nuovo delle Arti', which was notable for its social commitment. Late in the 1940s he began to reject Cubist formulae, adopting instead a freer formal idiom that by the 1950s had become Abstract Expressionism. The work Corpora did in the 1960s can be classified as Informel yet he did not abandon geometric forms entirely until the early 1970s. From 1975 Antonio Corpora worked with a dripping technique on canvases roughened with plaster of Paris and sand, which he coated with vibrant colour. In the 1990s he continued to experiment but ultimately returned to compositions with strips of colour. Antonio Corpora showed work four times at the Venice Biennale between 1948 and 1956 at the Venice Biennale, and, in 1968, at the Rome Biennale, winning prizes at both. The president of Italy presented him with an award in 2003 and he was made a member of the San Luca Academy. Antonio Corpora died in Rome on 6 September 2004.

Solo exhibitions:

1939
Galleria del Milione - Milan

1946
Galleria del Secolo - Roma

1950
Galleria dell'Obelisco - Roma

1950
Galleria del Naviglio - Milano

1952
Galleria de France - Parigi

1954
Galleria del Naviglio - Milano
Galleria Schneider - Roma
Quadriennale Nazionale di Roma - Roma

1956
Biennale Internazionale - Venezia

1957
Galleria la Tartaruga - Roma
Galerie "Cahiers d'Art" - Parigi

1958
Galerie Springher - Berlino
Kleemann Galeries - New York

1959
Galleria Blu - Milano

1960
Kleemann Galeries - New York
Galleria Pogliani - Roma

1962
Galerie Chalette - New York

1963
Galleria Bonino - Buenos Ayres

1964
Galleria Pogliani - Roma

1965
Galleria Michaud - Firenze

1967
Galleria Senior - Roma

1967
Galleria Haaken - Oslo
Biennale di Tokio

1968
Galleria Borgogna - Milano

1969
Galerie Chaiers d'Art - Parigi

1971
Galleria Senior - Roma
Galleria il Salotto - Genova

1972
Galleria Schubert _ Milano
Galleria Michaud - Firenze
Galleria il Vicolo - Genova

1973
Galleria Gunter Franke - Monaco

1974
Galleria Schubert - Milano
Galleria Goethe - Bolzano
B.M.W. Galerie - Monaco
Galerie Raimond Cazenav - Parigi

1975
Galleria Pier della Francesca - Arezzo
Galleria Santoro - Roma

1976
Galerie de Larcos - Parigi

1977
Galerie Fischer-Roubaud - Monaco
Galleria Grafica dei Greci - Roma

1978
Galerie Fischer-Roubaud - Monaco
Galerie Im Kunstverlag - Weingarten

1979
Palazzo Diamanti - Ferrara

1980
Galleria Planetario - Trieste
Galleria Lo Spazio - Napoli

1981
Staatsgalerie Moderner Kunst - Monaco
Haus der Kunst - Salisburgo

1982
Galleria Planetario - Trieste
Galleria Trimarchi - Bologna
Galleria Grazziussi - Venezia
Frankfurter Westend Galerie - Francoforte

1983
Galleria Giuliana de Crescenzo - Roma

1984
Kunstverein - Esslinger
Albanese arte - Vicenza

1985
Galleria Schubert - Milano

1986
Galleria Fioretto - Padova
Grafica ddei Greci - Roma

Group exhibitions:

1948
Biennale di Venezia

1950
Biennale di Venezia

1951
Biennale di San Paolo
Pittori d'oggi Francia Italia - Torino

1952
Biennale di Venezia
International Drawing Exibition of the Institute of Chicago
Pittori d'oggi Francia Italia - Torino
Musée de Beaux Arts - La Chaux-de-Fonds

1953
Pittori d'oggi Francia Italia - Torino

1954
Tokio International Art Exibition Metropolitan Museum
Pittori d'oggi Francia Italia - Torino
"Giovane pittura italiana" - Kunstaus - Zurick

1955
Biennale di San Paolo
Tokio International Art Exibition Metropolitan Museum
Pittori d'oggi Francia Italia - Torino

1956
Biennale di Venezia

1960
Biennale di Venezia

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