Stefano Cortesi, Gala Kalchbrenner, Andrea Cortesi, Lorenzo Cortesi, Vera Canevazzi, Federica Rigitano, Ottavia Fontana, Margherita Strada
Cortesi Gallery was founded in 2013 in Lugano by collector and art dealer Stefano Cortesi, and sees his two sons, Andrea and Lorenzo, working closely with him. Cortesi Gallery specialises in European artistic movements from the 60s to the present day, and its activity is characterised by a conscious effort to produce relevant displays with the collaboration of specialists in the field, such as external curators, researchers, artists’ archives and foundations. The first space opened to the public with the exhibition, Italian Art 60s–90s (2013). In May 2015, Cortesi Gallery expanded, opening a space in London’s Mayfair with a group show dedicated to the ZERO group, titled ATMOSFERA ZERO - Great Expectations #2. Exhibitions from 2013 to 2016 reflected the gallery’s expertise with major presentations featuring the ZERO group, New Tendencies, Optical, Kinetic, Conceptual and Minimal Art. In 2014, Cortesi Gallery invited Eva Fabbris, independent curator and researcher at Fondazione Prada, to curate an exhibition in the Lugano space that juxtaposed the oeuvre of Paolo Scheggi with the contemporary practice of Lucy Skaer. In 2015, Cortesi Gallery hosted the exhibitions Great Expectations #1, Grazia Varisco. Filo Rosso, and Grazia Varisco. If…. In 2016, the London program continued with Agostino Bonalumi. I Wish to Meet Architects, followed by a retrospective of the Croatian artist Ivan Picelj and New Tendencies. In 2016, the space in Lugano hosted the exhibition, Heinz Mack. The Visible Reminder of Invisible Light, Gianfranco Pardi. Works 1968-82, Architetture, Poeticamente and Maurizio Donzelli. La linea del tutto. In 2017, the London gallery presented the solo show Gianfranco Pardi. Works 1968–1988, while the exhibition Louise Nevelson. Assemblages and Collages 1960-1980, dedicated to the great American sculptor, took place in in Lugano. In May 2017, ahead of the opening of the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Cortesi Gallery launched a new space in Milan, with an exhibition dedicated to Italian Transavanguardia artist, Nicola De Maria. A solo show of Walter Leblanc, curated by Francesca Pola, will open in June at the London gallery.