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Category: Contemporary Art

HERMANN NITSCH

In Hermann Nitsch’s work, painting is understood as dramaturgy. The whole development of Hermann Nitsch, unanimously considered as one of the most significant European artists, unfolds around this concept. A witness of a radical re-thinking of the artistic gesture that takes shape in that singular form of “total work of art”. For him theatre, stage, music and architecture are alchemically essential to each other.
His artistic research has always been focused on his effort to supplant the canvas as a privileged support. From 1957 he has dedicated himself to the conception of “Orgien Mysterien Theater” (OMT), the theatre of orgies and mysteries. OMT was a new form of total art (Gesamtkunstwerk) that involved all five senses, in which, with Freud-like liberating intentions, deep sensory-driven elements emerge through a state of psycho-physical arousal. The primordial human instincts, repressed by social norms and impositions, re-emerged during his performances. The relationship of the Orgien Mysterien Theater with rituals and religious ceremonies of archaic peoples held strong. An unrestrained violence that allowed the release of inner energy, a necessary step to reach purification and redemption.
In 1961, with Günter Brus and Otto Müehl and later Rudolf Schwarzkogler , he formed the artistic group “Wiener Aktionismus”, importing themes of gesture painting into Austria. “Blood Organ” is the title of the first “Aktion” staged at Parinetgasse in 1962, followed by a further hundred or more and accompanied by various trials and three prison sentences.
In the “Aktionstheater”, the Viennese artist introduced organic substances such as the flesh of disembowelled calves and sheep, body liquids such as blood and urine and liturgical vestments such as cardinal mitres, planets, cooked items, monstrances and crosses.
In 1971, he purchased the castle of Prinzendorf an der Zaya, sixty kilometres from Vienna, as a place of worship for his Actions. He held performances there lasting three days. In Naples, one of his actions became famous. He has had numerous solo and collective exhibitions, including Central House of Artists in Moscow, MoMA – Museum of Modern Art of New York, White Space in Beijing, PAN – Palace of the Arts of Naples, Galleri Susanne Ottesen of Copenhagen, MACBA – Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Slought Foundation in Philadelphia, Lentos Kunstmuseum in Linz.

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Category: Contemporary Art

KARL STENGEL

Born in Neusatz in 1925, he was a Russian prisoner during the Second World War. His love for drawing and painting also accompanied him during his captivity in Soviet camps.

In Munich he attended the Academy of Fine Arts and later became an art teacher, dedicating his whole life to painting and spending time in Tuscany where he died in 2017.

Stengel’s artistic career is divided between works on paper and large canvases painted in acrylic. His generally abstract works present a single guiding thread: large shiny surfaces of colour that stand out on the canvas, on which the typical Stengelian figure develops, the same shape that imposes itself on an imaginary theatrical scenario. Other works of the musical series still have traces of musical scores and were influenced by the composers that the artist listened to while working in his studio.

In order to preserve and diffuse the artist’s work, Palazzo Rosselli del Turco in Florence hosts a permanent collection. 

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Category: Contemporary Art

LLUÍS CERA

Lluís Cera was born in Barcelona in 1967, he graduated in 1993 from the Academy of Fine Arts in Barcelona specializing in sculpture.
Among the many awards he has received we can mention his selection for the Miquel Casablanca prize in 1987, the first prize for Bancaja sculpture in 2001 and again, in the same year, the first prize of the Certamen Itinerary escultórico of Álava.
Lluís Cera has a deep knowledge and experience of sculptural technique applied to marble and metal, managing to give them an extraordinary and unusual quality of softness and flexibility. His first sculptural engravings had a figurative structure and then became increasingly abstract by combining literary and musical scores. He has staged many exhibitions in Europe, the United States, Asia and Oceania.

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Category: Classic Modern

GIOSETTA FIORONI

Born in Rome in 1932 into a family of artists. Her father Mario, a sculptor and her mother Francesca, a painter and a talented puppeteer.
One of her first exhibitions was in 1956 at the Venice Biennial.  Numerous personal and collective exhibitions followed in Italy and abroad.  In the 1960’s-70’s, she created a series of canvases with silver images that received immediate attention.
In 1968, Giosetta temporarily moved away from painting and put on a performance,  “La Spia ottica” (The Optical Spy), to inaugurate  Teatro delle Mostre at  Galleria Tartaruga in Rome.  In 1969 she created the first  Small Theatre (Teatrino), a toy for adults (“giocattolo per adulti”)  in painted wood.  Through a lens you could look inside and see an assembly of miniature objects.
During the seventies Giosetta lived for long periods in the countryside in the Treviso area together with the writer Goffredo Parise. Her interests focused on legends of country spirits, dreamlike and visionary stories, from which a series of works dedicated to the Fairy Tale world and the rediscovery of childhood were born.
In the eighties we can call to mind the pictorial cycle “Il vero” to which some paintings exhibited here belong. From that same period is the series of pastels and oils dedicated to Gian Domenico Tiepolo.
In addition to continuing with painting, to which Giosetta still dedicates herself constantly in the large studio-laboratory in Via San Francesco di Sales in Trastevere, the artist took up  ceramics in 1993. She began to work at the Bottega Gatti in Faenza and from then on was increasingly engaged in the creation of important sculptural cycles. 
Very much inclined to experimentation, at the age of 80 she ‘got back into the game’ to realize an artistic project conceived and created together with the photographer Marco Delogu.  Giosetta Fioroni, made- up,  dressed-up and transformed into countless personalities (from the Madonna to a prostitute) before the eyes of the photographer.  The result of the work was exhibited at the Macro museum in Rome in the exhibition “L’altra ego”.  Furthermore, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome  proposed two of its exhibitions in 2014, which goes to illustrate the complexity of the artist’s multi-faceted production. In the “L’argento” exhibition, organized in collaboration with the New York Drawing Center, you can see the collection of her works from 1960’s to 1975, in which she mainly used  silver colour for her drawings and canvases.
From the very beginning of her artistic career, Giosetta has had a constant relationship with writers and poets, including Parise, Ceronetti, Arbasino, Zanzotto, Garboli and many others with whom she has created books, graphic editions and art works on paper.

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Category: Contemporary Art

CARLOS MATA

The subtle and special sensibility of this sculptor born on the Mediterranean coast establishes an incredible combination of grace, style and elegance in his work. Carlos Mata received classical training in Barcelona and Paris (École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts). Carlos Mata's sculptures are imbued with memories of his childhood, the warmth and richness of Mediterranean culture. There are thousands of hours of work, study behind the apparent simplicity of the forms.

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Category: Classic Modern

BERNARD AUBERTIN

Bernard Aubertin (1934 Fontenay-aux-Roses, France – 2015 Reutlingen, Germany).
Around 1951 he began his apprenticeship at the School of Decorative Art. His encounter with Yves Klein in 1957 was fundamental and it led him to create his first four red monochrome plates the following year. His research is characterized by the exclusive use of red, a privileged colour and symbol of blood, life and earth and at the same time of the element of fire.
In 1961, he participated in the ZERO movement in Düsseldorf together with Mack, Piene, Uecker and in 1957/58 in the NUL movement in Amsterdam. He also came into contact with Piero Manzoni and Lucio Fontana.
Parallel to the monochromes in 1961, he made his first Tableaux feu (fire paintings) and in 1962 the first burnt books which he resumed with Livres Brûlés et à Brûler (burnt books and to be burnt).
Red and fire are the two elements that structure Aubertin’s artistic language. From  Tableaux Clous (nail paintings), which covered in gloss paint perfectly represent flames, Tableaux Fils de Fer (wire paintings) to  Dessin de Feu (fire drawings) or even Parcours d’allumettes (matches), up to performances with pianos set on fire and burned cars.
In the latter period of his painting, the artist replaced red with the colours of combustion in his monochrome paintings: black, brown, gray, red-orange and gold.

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Category: Contemporary Art

VALÉRIE BUFFETAUD

She was born in Versailles in 1962 after spending a long period in Tuscany. She lives and works in Paris and in Haute-Provence.
As a painter and engraver she also has practiced sculpture, ceramics and photography. Her artistic investigation is driven by nature and conveyed by the strength of colour and the vibration of matter.
Since 1988 she has participated in collective exhibitions in Europe (Geneva, Siena, Salzburg, Linz, Berlin …) and since 1992 she has exhibited in personal exhibitions. Her works can be found  in private collections and since 2001 she has been represented by Galleria Immaginaria in Florence. She has also participated in many international fairs.
Her interest in literature and music have led her to collaborate with poets and  participate in public  performances that blend painting, music, poetry and theatre.
Franck Moatti’s 2011 documentary “Percours” reconstructs her artistic career.

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Category: Contemporary Art

MAURA PATRIZIA ZOLLER

Maura Patrizia Zoller is a Swiss-based artist whose paintings have been exhibited nationally, as well as in France, Italy, Germany, Luxembourg, the United States, Spain and Austria. Her distinctive abstract works capture moments through spontaneous movement, focusing on emotion. Through her art, Zoller invites viewers on a picturesque journey to follow the "ever-changing tracks" together.

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Category: Contemporary Art

SALVATORE MAINARDI

Salvatore Mainardi, Pandemie, 80x80 cm, mixed technique on canvas, 2020

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Category: Contemporary Art

FRIEDERIKE OESER

Friederike Oeser lives and works in Munich. He worked as an commercial graphic designer in both Munich and London. His artistic activity began in 1989 and since 2000 he has been a teacher of Free Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. He has undertaken numerous trips abroad, also for his artistic studies, the latest of which being to Thailand and the United States. His work evolves in a playful context that characterizes narrative ideas with an invitation for various spontaneous interpretations. This way of working is not typical of the work in a studio, but rather of the open space. His studio is instead the place where he plans his journeys according to his artistic research. His life is full of movement and  travel is the true content of his work. Moving around freely, to be able to stop and give time to the his curious eye to assimilate and elaborate what it perceives. This is his inner driving force. So many small environments, so many subtleties and opportunities to enter into the very spirit of things, until his research is fully satisfied.  What is evident  is not described in his works. Reality dissolves and the forms that are derived from it are recomposed in a different way to allow each viewer a completely personal interpretation. His works possess the quality of directly or indirectly soliciting new discoveries. His works, all on paper, live in light and fresh colours, in a new and engaging language. Reading Friederike Oeser’s works requires concentration and passion, those works which the artist expresses in creative phrases.
Solo exhibitions:
Munich, Ebersberg, Wasserburg / Inn, Hamburg, Dresden, Los Angeles, Krakow, Wiesbaden, New Mexico and Florence.
Participation in international fairs:
Karlsruhe, Rosenhaim, Los Angeles, Seoul, Santa Fé, San Francisco, Vilnius and Vigo.

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Category: Contemporary Art

MARIKA WILLE JAIS

Lives and works in Tarrenz, Tyrol, independent artist, teaches art education since 1989. 
She has participated in various contemporary art symposiums in Austria, Italy and Turkey. Since 1996 he has exhibited at various international exhibitions, for example in Italy, Germany, Luxembourg and Turkey. Since 2004 he has been the organizer of the "Aktwochen" in Valle Aurina / South Tyrol and member of the board of "Art Forum Salvesen".
She is a member of the group of artists "Insieme" and teacher at the Academy of painting of Geras and organizer of various pictorial and cultural activities. Since 2008 member of the "Kunstforum Salvesen", winner in 2003 of the "Hollersbacher Kulturpreis", 2012 "Artist in residence" in Paliano / Italy - granted and assigned by the Austrian government
Her pictorial language has as its main theme the female nude in which naturalistic atmospheres are mixed. The resulting abstract images are developed through layers of color and influenced by personal moods.

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Category: Contemporary Art

BERNHARD WITSH

Bernhard Witsch lives and works in Telfs in Austria as a sculptor, using metal as the main material for his sculptures. He has numerous exhibitions in Italy and abroad, including his participation in the Venice Biennale in 2017 at Palazzo Mora.

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About us

Gallery profile

Immaginaria has been active for more than twenty years in Florence, specializing in the promotion of artistic expression such as classic abstraction and the informal contemporary, hosting not only well known artists but also emerging artists, and presenting their works at important exhibitions both in Italy and abroad.

«The aim of the space is to give value to time, taking it away from the increasingly bewildered rhythm of everyday life. The space is the means to get to know and explore different worlds communicating and cooperating to enhance the intensity and quality of our experiences». 

A meeting place and hangout offering friendship and hospitality providing vivacious dialogue and the comparison of ideas, Immaginaria has been and will continue to be a theatre of events dedicated to art, literature, music, organizing exhibitions, book presentations, live performances and tasting.

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Foundation

1993