Alberto Biasi

Padua 1937

Alberto Biasi, born in Padua in 1937, is one of the masters of kinetic art in Italy, co- founded Gruppo N in 1959 with Ennio Chiggio, Toni Costa, Edoardo Landi and Alfredo Massironi. With them he conducted his first “optico- dynamic” experiments that brought him to participate in 1960 in exhibitions dedicated to lumino-kinetic art alongside Enrico Castellani, Piero Manzoni and artists of the New Artistic Conceptions and Nuove Tendenze (New Art Practice) movements.

He created works such as the Trame (Wefts), superimpositions of cotton gauzes, metallic wiring or perforated postcards, gradually twisted to form variable and progressive constellations. He continued his work through the 2000s with his Rilievi ottico- dinamici (Optico-dynamic Reliefs) where lines and light intertwine and appear to be on the same level even though they are separated by a few centimeters. He paid tribute to Lucio Fontana in his 1960 Torsioni (Twists) where the canvases were entirely cut into strips, then recomposed to form different shapes and torsions. The torsions seem to change according to the viewer’s position in front of the canvas, creating moving geometrical configurations. Later came the Ambienti (Spaces), seen as experimental spaces where the image of a drawing coexists with reality, offering the viewer the feeling of visual, spatial and temporal instability.

Following the dissolution of the Gruppo N in 1967, Alberto Biasi started a more personal research on forms and movement with his Politipi (Polyptychs), a complex cycle he continued to work on through the 1990s in which he gradually adds color and more figurative shapes. Since the early 2000s, Biasi has been synthesizing his multiple experiments that have contributed to the international recognition of Kinetic Art, creating in particular the Assemblaggi (Assemblages), primarily diptychs and triptychs made of plastic and impressive colours.

As well as the 12 exhibitions in which he participated with the Gruppo N, Biasi has had more than 20 solo shows and has participated in more than 400 group shows such as the Venice Biennale, The São Paulo Art Biennale, the Rome Quadriennale and more recently at the Musée Tinguely in Basel (2014) and during the AZIMUT/H. Continuità e nuovo exhibition at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.

Alberto Biasi, born in Padua in 1937, is one of the masters of kinetic art in Italy, co- founded Gruppo N in 1959 with Ennio Chiggio, Toni Costa, Edoardo Landi and Alfredo Massironi. With them he conducted his first “optico- dynamic” experiments that brought him to participate in 1960 in exhibitions dedicated to lumino-kinetic art alongside Enrico Castellani, Piero Manzoni and artists of the New Artistic Conceptions and Nuove Tendenze (New Art Practice) movements.

He created works such as the Trame (Wefts), superimpositions of cotton gauzes, metallic wiring or perforated postcards, gradually twisted to form variable and progressive constellations. He continued his work through the 2000s with his Rilievi ottico- dinamici (Optico-dynamic Reliefs) where lines and light intertwine and appear to be on the same level even though they are separated by a few centimeters. He paid tribute to Lucio Fontana in his 1960 Torsioni (Twists) where the canvases were entirely cut into strips, then recomposed to form different shapes and torsions. The torsions seem to change according to the viewer’s position in front of the canvas, creating moving geometrical configurations. Later came the Ambienti (Spaces), seen as experimental spaces where the image of a drawing coexists with reality, offering the viewer the feeling of visual, spatial and temporal instability.

Following the dissolution of the Gruppo N in 1967, Alberto Biasi started a more personal research on forms and movement with his Politipi (Polyptychs), a complex cycle he continued to work on through the 1990s in which he gradually adds color and more figurative shapes. Since the early 2000s, Biasi has been synthesizing his multiple experiments that have contributed to the international recognition of Kinetic Art, creating in particular the Assemblaggi (Assemblages), primarily diptychs and triptychs made of plastic and impressive colours.

As well as the 12 exhibitions in which he participated with the Gruppo N, Biasi has had more than 20 solo shows and has participated in more than 400 group shows such as the Venice Biennale, The São Paulo Art Biennale, the Rome Quadriennale and more recently at the Musée Tinguely in Basel (2014) and during the AZIMUT/H. Continuità e nuovo exhibition at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.

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