- Address: Via Azzo Gardino, 9, off Largo Caduti del lavoro, 40122 Bologna, Italy
- Owner/Director: Fabrizio Padovani, Alessandro Pasotti
Fabrizio Padovani (F) & Alessandro Pasotti (A): We have moved to a new venue that has 350sqm of exhibition space last January. For almost 5 years, the gallery was located in an apartment and that gave us a chance to be a “boutique gallery”. However, during last year, we felt it was necessary to have a larger space and offer our artists a place for dialogues, without any limit in a museum-like space.
F & A: Elegant, sober, coherent
F & A: Passion to work with artists
F & A: P420 is a Pantone code for a light grey color. It seems P420 enhances all other colors.
F & A: Bologna is a small-medium size provincial city where the quality of life is very good. And, thanks to the university (DAMS faculty) Art Academy and the Museum of Contemporary Art, it was one of the most dynamic cities in Italy (and I can say in entire Europe) from the ‘70s till the ‘90s in terms of young movements, experimentations and collective projects. Right now, it is not as vibrant as in the past decades, but the city is very conveniently located – just an hour from Milano and two hours from Rome or Venice. We strongly believe it is one of the best cities to grow up with wonderful galleries!
F & A: To be always honest with himself/herself and to avoid shortcuts… the most established artists endure hard work and gain lots of experience along every step of the way. There is no need to rush things since people will eventually find you and recognize your value. It is also very important to find a very good gallery.
F & A: First of all, an artist has to have talent and strengths to dedicate his/her life for his/her mission. Whether he/she had an formal art training is not so important.
If you could pick any one artist to be featured in your gallery for upcoming exhibition, who would that be?
F & A: Bas Jan Ader, Etel Adnan, and Richard Tuttle to name a few
F & A: It would be the solo show by Richard Nonas in 2011. We will host his second solo show at the gallery once again in November.
F & A: Brancusi for sculpture and Morandi for painting. They always keep current with their works.
F & A: Mainly three things: First, gallerists and artists stay at the gallery all day just waiting for some visitors; secondly, the main part of their job is to attend to aperitifs and dinner; lastly, gallerists and artists are rich.
F & A: We don’t know if art gallery needs an evolution. For sure the globalization of the art market made art fairs necessary BUT art gallery as (physical and mental) venue where people can create, debate and culture is very important.