"The obsession of every real sculptor is emptiness"
Giò Pomodoro

Biography

After obtaining a diploma from the Pesaro Technical School for Surveyors in 1951, he moved to Milan in 1954 with his brother Arnaldo. In 1956 he took part in the Venice Biennale (with a personal room also in 1962, 1978 and 1984) showing works in silver. In 1959 he exhibited in Kassel with "Fluidità contrapposta" and in Paris with his first "Superfici in Tensione"; here, he received the "Sculpture Prize" at the "Biennial for Young Artists". In 1964, his work "One" was purchased by the Tate Gallery, and "Grande Ghibellina" by the Nelson Rockefeller Collection in 1965. During this period he devoted himself to the "Radiali" and "Quadrati". After two stays in the United States, in 1967 he created "Black Liberator" and exhibited in New York at the Marlborough Gallery and at the Martha Jackson Gallery, where he presented "Contatti" in 1971. 

From 1970 he created large works in stone, marble and bronze in his studio in Querceta, Versilia. In 1972 he started the "Archi" and "Sole Produttore – Comune Raccolto" cycles. His first anthological exhibition was held in Ravenna in 1974, followed by two important solo exhibitions in Brussels (Musée d'Ixelles) and Prato (Castello dell'Imperatore). In 1977 he created the public work "Piano d'Uso Collettivo" in Ales, Sardinia and in 1979 he inaugurated the fountain-square "Teatro del Sole – 21 Giugno, Solstizio d'Estate" in Frankfurt. In 1980 he exhibited "Luogo di Misure" in Piazza dei Signori, Verona. Many other works for public spaces followed: the architectural complex Ponte dei Martiri – "Omaggio alla Resistenza", Ravenna 1980; "Sole-Luna-Albero", Monza 1982; "Spirale '82" 1982, Malpensa Airport; "Sole Aerospazio" 1989, Turin; the monumental complex "Luogo dei Quattro Punti Cardinali" 1991, Parco di Taino, Varese; "Spirale per Galileo Galilei" 1992, Padua; "Scala Solare – Omaggio a Keplero" 1993, University of Tel Aviv; "Sole per Galileo Galilei" 1997, Florence; "Sole – Agli Italiani nel mondo" 2001, Genoa; "Vela" 2003, Sestri Levante; "Piazza Gio' Pomodoro" 2004, Orciano di Pesaro; "Frammento di Vuoto" 2005, Piazza Roma, Carbonia, Sardinia.

At the same time he continued to exhibit his works at: Galleria Naviglio, Milan 1955, 1958, 1965, 1974; Palais de Beaux-Arts, Brussels 1963; Louisiana Museum, Humlebeck, Denmark 1965; Ca' Pesaro, Venice 1977; Palazzo Lanfranchi, Pisa 1984; Palazzo Civico, Lugano 1985; Basilica di S. Ambrogio, Milan 1987; Palazzo dei Leoni, Messina 1987; Rotonda della Besana, Milan 1989; Veranneman Foundation, Kruishouten, Belgium 1991, 1999; University Art Gallery, Tel Aviv 1993; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, Great Britain 1995; Accademia Italiana, London 1995; anthological exhibition, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice 1995, then travelling to Arezzo, Vienna, Tokyo and New York; Palazzo Vecchio, Florence 1996; Cairo Biennial (guest of honour with personal room, 1998); and posthumous: Auditorium, Parco della Musica, Rome 2004; Galleria Berman, Turin 2007; Galleria Mancini, Pesaro 2008. He also took part in many group exhibitions worldwide. In 2002 he was the first Italian to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture. His sculptures are held in the most famous public collections and museums all over the world. 

He arrived in Versilia around 1965 and started to create his sculptures at the Stefania Cima, Stile Dorico, Paolo Nello Galeotti, Iacopo, Marco e Ulderigo Giannoni, Henraux, Mirto Nannini, Officina, Marmi Ponterosso, Rebechi, Pio Rossi, and Studio Sem laboratories and the Tommasi, Da Prato, Mariani, Tesconi and Versiliese foundries; in 1974 he met the artisan Nilo Giannaccini with whom he started to work almost exclusively. 
In 1994 he won the Premio Internazionale Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel mondo and in 2004 the Pomodoro heirs donated the sculpture entitled "La Figlia del Sole" to the Municipality of Forte dei Marmi, during his solo exhibition, the last of many in the area which included: Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna, Forte dei Marmi (with Aristide Coluccini, 1977); Galleria Farsetti, Focette 1981, 1987; Studio Saudino, Viareggio 1987; "Il Parco di Taino di Giò Pomodoro-Mostra fotografica di Gianni Berengo Gardin, e Giò Pomodoro per Piazza Carducci a Pietrasanta" 1995, L. Russo Cultural Centre, Pietrasanta; and posthumous: Fondazione Ragghianti, Lucca 2003.


The photographs published in the TimeLine were taken from www.palazzomonferrato.it e www.sardegnacultura.it

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