GIUSEPPE BIAGI

Giuseppe Biagi was born in Viareggio, Italy, on February 3, 1949.

He first attended the Liceo Artistico (Art School) of Carrara and then studied Humanities at the University of Pisa.

In 1981, after a first informal production, he joined the Gruppo Narciso Arte (Narciso Art Group) founded by the critic Giorgio Di Genova and including, among others, Michele Cossyro, Giuseppe Rogolino and Luca Maria Patella. Two years later, he joined the Metacosa group with Giuseppe Bartolini, Gianfranco Ferroni, Bernardino Luino, Sandro Luporini, Lino Mannocci, and Giorgio Tonelli. The group exhibited for the first time at Villa Paolina in Viareggio in 1983 under the supervision of critic Roberto Tassi, who directed their activity also in subsequent exhibitions.

Worthwhile mentioning are his solo exhibitions entitled Opere recenti (Recent Works) of 1988 at the Studio Steffanoni in Milan curated by Roberto Tassi and Vittorio Sgarbi, Opere recenti (Recent Works) of 1990 at the Galleria Forni in Bologna, and the solo exhibition curated by Flaminio Gualdoni at the Galleria Il Polittico in Rome. Among collective exhibitions, Narcissus (1982) at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, Obiettivo imagine (Objective Image) from 1983 at the Galleria Davico in Turin, and the Fifth Triennial of Engraving (1986) at the Palazzo della Permanente in Milan.

In 1996, he took part in the National Quadrennial Art Exhibition of Rome, at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni; one of his works was purchased by the Chamber of Deputies of Montecitorio in Rome. In 2004, with the curatorship of Philippe Daverio, the Metacosa Group exhibited at the collective show Fenomenologia della Metacosa (Phenomenology of the Metacosa) at the Spazio Oberdan in Milan.

In 2007, he took part in the exhibit Arte italiana. 1968-2007 (Italian Art. 1968-2007) held at the Palazzo Reale in Milan and curated by Maurizio Sciaccaluga.  In 2011, he was invited by Mina Gregori to the Italian Pavilion on the occasion of the 54th Venice Biennale curated by Vittorio Sgarbi.

His works can be found in public spaces and museums such as the Chamber of Deputies in Rome, GAMC (Galleria Comunale di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea) (Modern and Contemporary Art Museum) in Viareggio, MAGI ‘900 (Museum of 20th Century Artistic and Historical Excellences) in Bologna, and the Museo Epicentro of Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto in Messina. Overseeing him, among others, are Philippe Daverio, Giorgio Di Genova, Marco Goldin, Mina Gregori, Flaminio Gualdoni, Alessandro Riva, Ruggero Savinio, Maurizio Sciaccaluga, Vittorio Sgarbi, Giorgio Soavi, Roberto Tassi, and Marco Vallora.

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