Cortesi Gallery was founded in 2013 by Cortesi family and specialises in European artistic movements from the 60s to the present day. 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 gallery space in Lugano 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. 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 2016, the London programme continued with Agostino Bonalumi. I Wish to Meet Architects, while the space in Lugano hosted the exhibition Heinz Mack. The Visible Reminder of Invisible Light among others. In 2017, the London gallery presented the solo show Gianfranco Pardi. Works 1968–1988, while the exhibition Louise Nevelson. Assemblages and Collages 1960-1980 took place in in Lugano. In May 2017, ahead of the opening of the Venice Biennale, Cortesi Gallery launched a new space in Milan, with an exhibition dedicated to Italian Transavanguardia artist, Nicola De Maria. A solo show of the Belgian artist Walter Leblanc, curated by Francesca Pola, opened the 1st of June at the London gallery, followed by a group show titled Walter Leblanc and the European Neo Avant-Garde held in Milano in September. herman de vries was the protagonist of a solo show, curated by Francesca Pola, that opened in London in September and enhanced the presence of this artist in the London art scene. In 2018, the London space inaugurated the solo show dedicated to the contemporary artist of Anglo-Chinese origin Angela Lyn while in Milano Cortesi Gallery opened a large retrospective of Gianfranco Pardi’s work, 85 years after the artist’s birth. During the Fall, the gallery inaugurated the first solo exhibition of Nul Group founder Jan Henderikse in London while in Milan hosted an exceptional solo show on Dutch artist herman de vries. In early 2019, Cortesi Gallery London presented a solo show dedicated to Peruvian artist Jorge Eielson while in Milano the exhibition "Zagreb Calling" was dedicated to three main artists of the Sixties and Seventies: Ivan Picelj, Vjenceslav Richter and Julije Knifer, founders of the new-constructivist and the conceptual languages.
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