Almine Rech in collaboration with Archivio Turi Simeti is pleased to present the first posthumous exhibition of Italian artist Turi Simeti (1929 – 2021), in collaboration with Archivio Turi Simeti, on view from January 6 to February 12, 2022.
The career of Turi Simeti (1929-2021) spanned the history of Italian art in the second half of the twentieth century. From 1961 onwards, his art was based on abstraction, monochromes, and oval motif. Without deviating from these concepts, Simeti established a radical language that he continued to develop over six decades.
“Turi Simeti: Monochrome Adventure” is the first solo show of the artist’s work in France since his death in the spring of 2021. An homage to this Sicilian artist, who settled in Milan beginning in the mid-60s, it offers a journey through sixty years of his art, highlighting the constants and variations of his work in its formats, motifs, and colors, up to one of his very last paintings, 3 ovali blu, 2020.
Marked by the masterful presence of Lucio Fontana, the monochrome adventure in Milan in the 60s and 70s had Turi Simeti as one of its central figures, along with Agostino Bonalumi, Enrico Castellani, Dadamaino, and Paolo Scheggi. Their aim was to reduce painting to its most elemental parts: color and form.
— Valérie Da Costa, art historian, art critic and curator