Artists list

Matteo Massagrande

Foto Matteo Massagrande Rooms whose void framed between ancient walls and floors and huge windows is vivid and dense. Filled of distant echoes, forgotten voices, memories and nostalgia, shadows and fogs, a past which denies to be dismissed. Matteo Massagrande is one of the most valued italian figurative painters alive. His rooms are abandoned places enhabited by one and only protagonist: light. A soft, cloudy, dusty and mobile light.

Matteo Massagrande born in Padua in 1959. He started his exhibitions in 1973 taking part in group and solo shows and contests all around Italy and obtaining various rewards from the beginning. Along with his painting activity, he developed the graphic one since 1974, whose results are now part of prestigious art exhibitions. Recently some of his ethcings became part of the Gabinetto delle Stampe of the Uffizi in Florence. He was chosen for more than one hundred solo exhibition in Italy and abroad. His works are exhibited in various museums, churches, private and public collections. He lives in Padua, splitting his activity between his local atelier and the one in Hajos (Ungary).

Selected solo shows:

2016
Matteo Massagrande, Kovacs Gabor Art Foundation Budapest, Kogart-Tihany (HU)

2015
Matteo Massagrande, Gallery Pontone (formerly Albemarle Gallery-Shine Artists), London (GB)
Dalla voce di una conchiglia, Galleria Nuovospazio Artecontemporanea, Piacenza (IT)

2014
Notti come piume, Museo Civico di Palazzo Chiericati, Vicenza (IT)
Assenza Essenza – Massagrande, Nielsen, Quaresima, (catalogo), Galleria PUNTO SULL'ARTE, Varese (IT)
Dalla voce di una conchiglia, Palazzo Comunale, Cremona (IT)
Interni, Galleria Stefano Forni, Bologna (IT)

2012
Il silenzio opaco, Galleria Stefano Forni, Bologna (IT)
Contemplazione, The Kogart Gallery (HU)

2010
Matteo Massagrande, Galleria Dir'Arte, Modica – Ragusa (IT)
Matteo Massagrande, Galleria Stefano Forni, Bolgona (IT)

2009
Scene d'Ungheria, Villa Manin di Passariano, Codroipo - Udine (IT)
Atmosfere sospese, Galleria Gagliardi, San Gimignano - Siena (IT)

2008
Nel futuro immobile, al di là del tempo, Galleria Losano Associazione Arte e Cultura, Pinerolo – Torino (IT)

2007
Fényben, Galleria Stefano Forni, Bologna (IT)
Le voci di una conchiglia, Museo Civico al Santo, Padova (IT)


Selected group exhibitions:

2016
<20 15x15/20x20 Collezione PUNTO SULL'ARTE 2016, (catalogo), Galleria PUNTO SULL'ARTE, Varese (IT)
Il segreto dei Giusti, Museo Il Correggio, Correggio – Reggio Emilia (IT)
Arte Genova, Galleria PUNTO SULL'ARTE, Varese (IT)
Group Exhibition, Pontone Gallery, London (GB)

2015
Bergamo Arte Fiera, Galleria PUNTO SULL'ARTE, Bergamo (IT)
ArtVerona, Galleria PUNTO SULL'ARTE, Varese (IT)
<20 15x15/20x20 Collezione PUNTO SULL'ARTE 2015, (catalogo), Galleria PUNTO SULL'ARTE, Varese (IT)
Arte Genova, Galleria PUNTO SULL'ARTE, Genova (IT)

2014
Water Views. XXI Century Landscape Watercolourists, Galleria Salamon, Milano (IT)
ArtVerona, Galleria PUNTO SULL'ARTE, Varese (IT)
Arte Genova, Galleria PUNTO SULL'ARTE, Genova (IT)
Attorno a Vermeer. I volti, la luce, le cose, Palazzo Fava, Bologna (IT)

2012
Maestri del Novecento – La rappresentazione della figura umana in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Cividale Del Friuli, Udine (IT)

2011
Insieme in galleria con…, Galleria Stefano Forni, Bologna (IT)
Genuis Loci – in memoria di Imre Makovecz, Magazzini del Sale, Venezia (IT)
Collezione 7x11. La poesia degli artisti, PM Interni, Reggio Emilia (IT)
Sulla spiritualità della roccia , della pietra e montagna, Palazzo Lodron Bertelli, Museo della Malga, Caderzone - Trento (IT)
54. Biennale di Venezia - Padiglione Veneto, Villa Contarini, Piazzola Sul Brenta - Padova (IT)
Il Mito del Vero: Situation, Palazzo Guidobono, Tortona (IT)
Collezione 7 x 11. La poesia degli artisti, Fondazione Tito Balestra, Longiano – Forlì-Cesena (IT)

2010
Il Mito del Vero. Il Ritratto. Il Volto, Fondazione Durini, Milano (IT)

2009
Contemplazioni. Bellezza e tradizione del nuovo nella pittura italiana contemporanea, Castel Sismondo e Palazzo del Podestà, Rimini (IT)
Centoingiro: Cento artisti per il centenario del Giro d'Italia (IT) 2008
Notturni dannunziani 2008, Vittoriale degli Italiani, Gardone Riviera - Brescia (IT)
2000/2008 arte a Legnano. Idee per una pinacoteca, Castello Visconteo, Legnano - Milano (IT)

2007
Arte italiana 1968–2007 Pittura, Palazzo Reale, Milano (IT)
ArteFiera, Galleria Stefano Forni, Bologna (IT)

Allessandra Redaelli

Matteo Massagrande. Presences of light

Rough walls, fixtures whose past is carved upon them, floors worn out by lost paces. These are Matteo Massagrande’s rooms, abandoned places crossed by one and only protagonist: light. A soft, cloudy, dusty and mobile light. Sometimes explicitly entering from the huge windows placed in front of vernal gardens, other times sneaking delicately through the cracks. It lives in those chambers, turning their void into intense and vivid presence. As the chapters of a novel, Massagrande’s rooms tell stories. The sensation of a paused narration, made of a beginning and an end, is as immediate as the subsequent enchant. His stories are filled with fragrances stuck upon the wallpapers, traces of transits, whispered echoes of voices and laughs, rustles trapped into the plaster or within the old tiles.

“According to my lexicon”, as the artist says, “absence is not the contrary of presence, but rather a place without bother or distraction. A fundamental condition to discover hidden essence. A present, where thought can reach its maximum strength: creation”. Being magnificent in their slow and dignified decay, as beautiful faces upon which aging can only add charm, mystery and wisdom, these abandoned places become privileged containers of current time, guardians of the essence of events which defeat the passing of seasons remaining alive within an eternal present.

selected works