Nanni Balestrini
biography

Writer, poet and novelist, Nanni Balestrini was born in Milano on July 2nd, 1935. Currently, he lives between Paris and Rome.

At the start of the 1960s he was part of the “very new” poets of “Gruppo 63”, a group that brought together writers from the neo-avant-garde, and he distinguished himself for an experimentation that arrived at the point of adopting techniques related to collage, and at a deep understanding of the incidence of chance in poetry. In the same spirit, Balestrini has been a cultural animator, curator of anthological shows, and spokesman for political dissent.

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biography

Writer, poet and novelist, Nanni Balestrini was born in Milano on July 2nd, 1935. Currently, he lives between Paris and Rome.

At the start of the 1960s he was part of the “very new” poets of “Gruppo 63”, a group that brought together writers from the neo-avant-garde, and he distinguished himself for an experimentation that arrived at the point of adopting techniques related to collage, and at a deep understanding of the incidence of chance in poetry. In the same spirit, Balestrini has been a cultural animator, curator of anthological shows, and spokesman for political dissent.

In 1963 he created his first poem with the use of a computer.

In his novels (Tristano, 1966; Vogliamo tutto, 1971; La violenza illustrata, 1976; Gli invisibili, 1987; L'editore, 1989; Una mattina ci siamo svegliati, 1995; Sandokan, storie di camorra, 2004), and in his poetry (Come si agisce, 1963; Ma noi facciamone un'altra, 1968; Le ballate della signorina Richmond, 1977; Il ritorno della signorina Richmond, 1987; Osservazioni sul volo degli uccelli, poesie 1954-56, 1988; Il pubblico del labirinto, 1992; Elettra, 2001), he fine tuned his contamination of literary experiments and political extremism which, however, was characterised by its coherent theoretical backing.

Among his most recent works, mention should be made of: the collection of poems Sconnessioni (2009), Almanacco dello specchio 2009 (2010), Caosmogonia (2010); the three short stories published under the title of Girano voci. Tre storie (2010); and his collection of poetry Antologica. Poesie 1958-2010 (2013). A promoter of avant-garde culture, together with other intellectuals he had a determining role in the inception of the cultural magazines, Il Verri, Quindici, and Zoooom.

He has flanked his literary work with a visual arts output that has been seen in shows and performances in numerous galleries in Italy and abroad, as well as at the Venice Biennale in 1993 and at Documenta, Kassel, in 2012.

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exhibitions

2017

Milano, MAAB Gallery

Roma, MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea

 

2016

Milano, Fondazione Mudima

Firenze, Museo Novecento – Complesso Leopoldine

 

2014

Firenze, Frittelli Arte Contemporanea

Roma, Studio EOS

 

2013

Milano, Scatolabianca; Venezia, Magazzini del Sale; Torino, Galleria Martano; Napoli, Fondazione Morra; Genova, Palazzo Ducale, Genova

 

2012

Milano, Fondazione Marconi; Firenze, Galleria Frittelli; Roma, Museo Macro e Galleria Hybrida

 

2011

Venezia, Galleria Michela Rizzo

Milano, Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera

 

2010

Roma, Galleria Giacomo Guidi

Genova, UnimediaModern

Milano, Galleria Milano

Torino, Artissima

Brunico, Museo Civico

La Spezia, Galleria Il Gabbiano

 

2009

Napoli, Fondazione Morra

Napoli, Fondazione Morra

 

2008

Parma, Galleria San Ludovico

Roma, Galleria Giacomo Guidi

Roma, Galleria Giacomo Guidi

 

2007

Bologna, Pinacoteca di Bologna

 

2006

Milano, Fondazione Mudima e Roma, Galleria Mascherino

Wien, Galerie Splitter Art

 

2005

Roma, Galleria VM21, Italia politica

 

2004

Roma, MACRO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea

Napoli, Fondazione Morra

Macerata, Pinacoteca comunale

 

2002

Modena, Galleria Mazzoli

 

1994

Milano, Archivio Nuova Scrittura

 

1993

Marseille, Galerie Bonneterie

Milano, Galleria Euforia Costante

 

1992

Milano, Galleria Bianca Pilat

Paris, Galerie Donguy

Teramo, Galleria Experientia

Roma, Galleria Il Segno

 

1991

Milano, Gallery

 

1989

Berlin, Literaturhaus

 

1982

Marseille, Galerie Cynabre

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