"Marble is a noble material that lends itself to being moulded into the shapes I most desire and, although cold, releases energy"
Michele Benedetto developed as a sculptor between 1957 and 1974 in Milan, where he met Giò Pomodoro and became his collaborator and assistant during the sixties and seventies. He held his first solo exhibition in 1979 at "Il Mercante" Gallery of Milan, followed by many other exhibitions both in Italy and abroad.
Among his solo exhibitions, of note are: National Museum of Minerals, Desio, Milan 1980; Town Hall, Campomaggiore, Potenza 1980; Gruner Panter Gallery, Frankfurt 1981, 1984, 1987; Monica Beck Gallery, Hamburg 1983; Town Hall, San Marino 1983; University Research Centre, Wies Baden, Germany 1985; Italian Institute of Culture, Munich, Germany 1985; Villa Pellizzari, Querceta 1987; Pala Arte Gallery, Maratea 1992; Studio 10 Arte, Potenza 1992; Arte Struktura, Milan 1993; Arte Travel Gallery, Brussels 1994; Chilford Halls, Linton, Cambridge 1996; Modern Art Gallery, Civic Museum, Gallarate 1996; Villa Sparina, Monterotondo Gavi, Alessandria 2006; Palazzo del Medico, Carrara 2007; travelling exhibition in Japan, Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto 2008.
Among his group exhibitions, of note: Villa Reale, Monza 1984; Fondazione Pagani, Castellanza, Varese 1991; Le Gabelle, Milan 1992; Lamia Gallery, Tokyo 1992; Hesperance, Luxembourg 1995; Fondazione Martani, Ponte Ronca di Tolla, Predosa, Bologna 1996; San Giovanni in Persiceto, Bologna 1998; travelling exhibition, ENEL offices at Castelnuovo Garfagnana, Piombino and Montalto di Castro 2002; "Omaggio a Cesare Riva", Studio Riva, Milan, Studio Benedetto, Pietrasanta, Studio Lohr, Luxembourg, The Gallery Oxo, London 2007-2008.
He took part in the symposiums of Carrara 1981 and Bad Orb, Germany 1988 and he organized and took part in those of Campomaggiore, Potenza 1997; 1999; in 1989 he won an award for upgrading Piazza Libertà in Ternate. His works are located in several public and private collections, including: Gallarate Museum; Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Varese; Fondazione Ameria Scarnafigi, Cuneo; Fondazione Gianfranco Bonomi, Lumezzane, Brescia; Fondazione Pagani, Castellanza, Legnano, Varese; branches of Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca, Banca Toscana and Monte dei Paschi di Siena banks; Potenza Provincial Administration and Chamber of Commerce; Regional Council of Basilicata; various municipal premises in Italy; Municipality of Bad Orb, Reha-Zentrum, Germany; Municipality of Hesperance, Luxembourg; Municipality of Yamagata-Shi, Sakumagi-Cho, Tokyo; Mayer Industry, Frankfurt; Madonna di Campiglio, Trento; Concorde S.p.A., Fiorano, Modena; Taipei; Bangkok.
He arrived in Versilia in 1963 to create a number of works at Henraux Spa; he also worked at Studio Sem e Scultori Associati, Studio Stagi e Malbacco and the Mariani Foundry of Pietrasanta as well as the Corsanini Laboratori of Carrara. In 1974 he moved definitively to Pietrasanta. From 1976, he has taken part in many exhibitions held in the Apuan-Versilia areas, especially Pietrasanta, to which he donated "Figura in riflessione" 1995 and "Il viandante" 2008, both in marble. In 2000, he held a solo exhibition at the Centro Culturale L. Russo cultural centre.
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