Alberto Biasi is one of the leading Italian artists associated with the kinetic and optical art movements. Born June 25, 1937, in Padua, Italy, Biasi contributed significantly to the development of a new artistic language, exploring the interaction between artwork and viewer.

At the end of World War II, Biasi attended high school in Padua before enrolling in the Faculty of Architecture in Venice, where he developed a special focus on visual perception, furthered on the Advanced Course in Industrial Design. Upon completion of his studies, he taught his first classes in drawing and art history in public schools starting in 1958. During the 1950s, Biasi approached abstract art and the Informal: a European art movement that stood in contrast to figurative representation.

In the 1960s, along with other artists, including Ennio Chiggio, Biasi founded the Padua-based Gruppo N: an art movement that aimed to explore dynamic and kinetic art. Specifically, Group N focused on kinetic and optic-kinetic art by exploring visual effects achieved through the use of lines, geometric shapes and movement. The Group’s artists made works that would engage the viewer, creating dynamic and interactive optical effects. In the same year, along with Enrico Castellani, Piero Manzoni, Agostino Bonalumi and other European artists, Biasi exhibited at the Azimut Gallery in Milan.

Also between 1959 and 1960, Biasi made his Trame, i.e. reticular and permeable objects in which modularity has optical-kinetic implications in the relationship between light and the movement of the gaze. The Trame were followed by his Rilievi ottico-dinamici: the layering of lamellar structures with contrasting colors triggering particular visual effects. At the end of the Gruppo N experience, Biasi continued his investigative work into the relationship and feedback between the viewer and the artwork.

Alberto Biasi’s art focuses on the notion of movement and transformation. Through the use of techniques such as geometric repetition and overlapping elements, he created works that seem to change and vibrate before the viewer’s eyes. His works experiment with light, color, and perspective to create dynamic and engaging visual effects. What distinguishes Biasi’s art is the direct involvement of the viewer. His works are not static but change and transform depending on the viewing angle. The viewer thus becomes an integral part of the work itself, as his or her interaction with the work changes the visual perception and overall experience of the artwork. Biasi’s artistic research influenced generations of subsequent artists, and his work has been the subject of study and appreciation by critics and scholars around the world. Biasi’s dynamic and interactive approach opened up new expressive paths in visual art, highlighting the importance of the viewer’s active involvement in the artistic experience.

Alberto Biasi’s works have been exhibited in major museums and galleries around the world. He has participated in numerous international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale and Documenta in Kassel. Throughout his career, he received numerous awards for his contributions to kinetic and optic art, including the prestigious President of the Italian Republic Award for Visual Arts in 2017. His works are part of prestigious public and museum collections in Italy and abroad, including the MoMA in New York, the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.

M77 had the honor of presenting La Visibilità dell’Invisibile in 2021: an exhibition project curated by Alberto Salvadori and conceived specifically on the basis of the Gallery’s own spaces. The exhibition was designed to enhance the gestalt and experiential aspects of Alberto Biasi’s art and the revolutionary role played by the artist, introducing to Italy the concept of the bond between the artwork and its surrounding environment.

 

Gallery Exhibition

M77 presents The visibility of the invisible, an exhibition project dedicated to the artist Alberto Biasi (Padua, 1937), curated by Alberto Salvadori and specially devised for the spaces of this gallery. The exhibition will be open to the public from Monday 17 May to Sunday 19 September 2021, compatibly with the possible restrictions due to developments in the pandemic.

Alberto Biasi is one of the most important personalities of post-war Italian art: Programmed Art pioneer and co-founder of the historic Gruppo N, Biasi has focused his artistic quest on optic-kinetic research extending to the creation of installations, ambient settings, and more recently, sculptures.

With this exhibition, M77 and curator Alberto Salvadori wished to return to the origins of the Padua- born artist’s very long career, highlighting primarily its gestalt and experiential aspects, along with the revolutionary role that he performed to introduce the concept of ambient/artwork into Italy. The four ambient settings and the installation exhibited at M77 are not based just on space and light, but also, and above all, on the people who visit the worlds that the artist has prepared for them: spectators, with their reactions and responses to the artist’s estranging proposals, are the true protagonists of the work.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue constructed around a text in which curator Alberto Salvadori develops and reconnects the themes developed during a detailed discussion with the artist. The volume comprises archive materials on the works exhibited, a carefully-researched biography of Biasi, and a bibliography. The images are provided by installation views of the exhibition itself.