Francesco Clemente

Francesco Clemente

Francesco Clemente was born in 1952 in Naples, Italy. He lives and works in New York. Clemente is one of the most renowned international artists who revitalized figurative painting with the emergence of the Neo-Expressionist movement in the late 1970s early 80s. Clemente’s unique style combines the tradition of Indian imagery, the Romanticism of William Blake and of Italian Renaissance frescoes to make evocative and powerful works in a sensuous palette. As in much of his work, Clemente makes references to non-Western symbols, myth and spirituality, astrology and the four elements, sexuality and senses, as well as dream-like visions.

Solo exhibitions

2013


Francesco Clemente : Tents, Blain Southern, Berlin


Francesco Clemente. Portraits of the 1980s, Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Zurich


Clemente > Brazil > Yale, Yale School of Art, 32 Edgewood Gallery, New Haven


 


2012


Mandala for Crusoe, Blain Southern, London


Francesco Clemente, James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai


Emblems and Mountains : Recent Watercolours and Works on Paper, Studio d’Arte Raffaelli, Trento


Nostalgia / Utopia, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY


Into the Mystic, James Cohan Gallery, Shanghai


 


2011


JK's Walk, Gallery Javier Lopez-Mario Sequeira, Madrid


The Tarots, Uffizi Gallery, Florence


Palimpsest, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany


Winter Women, Summer Self, Gallery Lorcan Oneill, Rome


 


2010                 


A Private Geography, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY


Captive Pleasures, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland


 


2009


Francesco Clemente: A History of the Heart in Three Rainbows, Deitch Projects, NYC, NY


Francesco Clemente : Shipwreck with the Spectator 1974-2004, Museo Madre, Naples, Italy


Jigsaw Puzzle Pastels et Aquarelles, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


 


2008


The Sopranos, Gallery Met, The Metropolitan Opera, New York


 


2007


Francesco Clemente, Mary Boone Gallery - 541 West 24 Street, New York, NY


Works from 1971-1979, Deitch Projects, 76 Grand Street, New York, NY


Francesco Clemente, Jablonka Galerie - Berlin, Berlin


Francesco Clemente, Atlantic Avenue Paintings, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne


Francesco Clemente, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg


 


2006


Francesco Clemente, MAXXI, Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Rome


Francesco Clemente, Nuovi acquarelli, e Pantheon un nuovo grande dipinto - Galleria Lorcan O' Neill


Roma, Rome


 


2005


Francesco Clemente, Jablonka Gallery, Cologne


Francesco Clemente : Self Portraits, Gagosian Gallery, London


Francesco Clemente, Galleria Gioacchini, Ancona


Francesco Clemente, Galleria Gioacchini Cortina, Cortina d'Ampezzo (BL)


 


2004


Drawings, Gagosian Gallery, London


New Works, Reykjavik Art Museum, Islande


Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria


New Works, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin


 


2003


Paintings 2000-2003, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills


Paintings 2000-2003, Gagosian Gallery, New York


 


2002


Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples


The Book of the Sea, Gagosian Gallery, London


Clemente in Taos, The Harwood Museum of Art, The University of New Mexico, Taos


 


2001


Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italy


Painter's Wardrobe, Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London


 


1999/2000


Opere su carta, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna


Broken Women, Neue Pastelle, Jablonka Galerie, Cologne


Kunstsammlung Nordhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf


Clemente, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Guggenheim Museum Bilbao


Francesco Clemente: Frescoes, Peter Blum, New York


 


1997


The Paintings of the Gate, Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris


Indian Watercolors, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth, Texas


Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana


Portraits, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh


Fifty One Days on Mount Abu, Anthony d'Offray Gallery, London


Anamorphosis, Gagosian Gallery, New York


 


1996


Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich


The Book of the Arrow - Aquarelle, Städtische Galerie Altes Theater, Ravensburg


 


1995


Galerie Jablonka, Cologne.


Ex libris de Chenonceau, Château de Chenonceau, Chenonceau.


 


1994


Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo.


Early Morning Exercises, Works on Paper 1971-1994, Centre Pompidou, Paris.


Tree of Life, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich.


1992


Gagosian Gallery, New York.


War Usury Pestilence Death, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich.


Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Bâle.


 


1991


Kunsthalle, Bâle.


 


Galerie Beyeler, Bâle.


Royal Academy of Arts, Londron.


Gagosian Gallery, New York.


Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.


Fist Gallery, Moscow.


 


1990


Der Aufbruch der Argonauten, Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart.


 


1987/88


Zeichnungenund Aquarelle,1971-1986, touring exhibition: Museum für Gegenwaerrtskunst, Bâle


;Groninger Museum, Gronigen, Ulmer Museum, Ulm; Musée de la Ville de Nice, Nice ; Museum Ludwig,


Cologne; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Francfort; Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne; Galerie Im


Taxispalais, Innsbruck.


 


1987


Francesco Clemente affreschi, Pinturas al fresco, Fundación Caja de Pensiones, Madrid.


Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich.


1986_14th Biennial, Adelaide.


Women and Men, Aquarelles, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo.


The Departure of the Argonaut, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.


 


1985/87


Touring exhibition: The John and Marble Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota ;Walker Art Center,


Minneapolis; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; University Art Museum, Berkeley; Albright Knox Art Gallery,


Buffalo; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.


 


1985


Sperone Westwater Gallery et Leo Castelli Gallery, New York.


Mary Boone, New York.


Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich.


Prints 1981-1985, The Mezzanine Gallery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


 


1984/85


Pastelle, touring exhibition: National galerie, Berlin; Museum Folkwang, Essen; Stedelijk Museum,


Amsterdam; Kunsthalle, Tübingen.


Kunsthalle, Bâle.


Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo.


Bilder und Skulpturen, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover.


 


1983


Francesco Clemente : The Fourteen Stations


Touring exhibition: TheWhitechapel Art Gallery, London; Groninger Museum, Groningen; Badischer


Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Moderna Museet, Stockholm ; Galerie d'Art Contemporain des Musées de Nice,


Nice.


Anthony d'Offay and Gian Enzo Sperone, London.


Mario Diacono, Rome.


Drawings, A Space, Toronto.


Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya et Tokyo.


Sperone Westwater, New York.


Mary Boone, New York.


Pastels 1973-1983, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.


 


1982


Il viaggatore napoletano, Galerie Paul Maenz, Cologne.


Mario Diacono, Rome.


Watercolours, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich.


 


1981/82


FrancescoClemente : Matrix46, exposition itinérante : University ArtMuseum, University of California,


Berkeley


The Art Museum and Galleries, California State University, Long Beach


Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut.


 


1981


Sperone Westwater Fischer, New York.


Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gand.


Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London.


Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich.


 


1980


Sperone Westwater Fischer, New York.


Paul Maenz, Cologne.


Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea di Milano, Milan.


Art & Projet, Amsterdam.


Mario Diacono, Rome.


Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome.


 


1979


Art & Project, Amsterdam.


Lisson Gallery, London.


Emilio Mazzoli, Modene.


Giuliana de Crescenzo, Rome.


Lucio Amelio, Naples.


Gian Enzo Sperone, Turin.


Paul Maenz, Cologne.


 


1978


Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva.


Art & Project, Amsterdam.


Paul Maenz, Cologne.


 


1977


Paola Betti, Milan.


 


1976


Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome.


Lucrecia de Domizio, Pescara.


 


1975


Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome.


Gian Enzo Sperone, Turin.


Massimo Minini, Brescia.


Franco Toselli, Milan.


 


1974


Galleria Area, Florence.


 


1971


Galleria Valle Giulia, Rome.


Group exhibitions

2012


« Ménage à Trois – Warhol, Basquiat, Clemente », Federal Art and Exhibition Hall, Bonn, Germany


 


2011


Creating the New Century: Contemporary Art from the Dicke Collection, The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio.


 


2010


Brucennial 2010: Miseducation, The Bruce High Quality Foundation at 350 West Broadway, NYC, NY.


Your History is Not Our History, Haunch of Venison, NYC, NY.


 


2009


Fuentes. Non-European Influences on Contemporary Artists, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France


Paint Made Flesh, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN


Spazio Libro d'Artista, Palazzo Manganelli, Catania


 


2008


Impronta globale, Ex Magazzini Generali, ISA, Istituto Superiore Antincendi, Rome


UBS Openings: Paintings from the 1980s, Tate Modern, London


Nakagawa Gallery Collection, Nakagawa Gallery, Tokyo


Viaje por el arte Italiano 1950-1980. Obras de la Collezione Farnesina en diálogo con obra, Museo


Nacional de Bellas Artes, MNBA, Buenos Aires


Italics. Arte Italiana fra Tradizione e Rivoluzione, 1968-2008, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy


Everywhere Is War (and rumours of war), Bodhi Art Mumbai, Mumbai


Coleção de Arte Italiana Contemporânea Farnesina, Museo de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubrianb,


MASP, São Paulo


Selection, Galerie Beyeler, Basel


Le Grand Tour, Académie de France à Rome, Villa Médicis, Rome


Crazy Boys, Palazzo Primavera, Terni


Blood on Paper, the Art of the Book, Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A, London, England


Out of Shape:Stylistic Distortions of the Human Form in Art, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center,


Poughkeepsie, NY


Collecció d'Art Contemporani Fundació "la Caixa", CaixaForum Madrid, Madrid


For the Spirit, From the UBS Art Collection, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo


Paperweight, Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin


FRANCESCO CLEMENTE + RON ARAD, Jablonka Galerie, Koln, Cologne


 


2007


Exposures, the Contemporary Self Portrait, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg


 


2005


Atto Primo, Museo d'arte contemporanea, Fondazione Donnaregina,


 


2004


Disparities ens Deformations : our grotesque, V Biennale Internationale de Santa Fé, Santa Fé.


Happy birthday ! Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris.


 


1997


Papiers Contemporains, Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris.


 


1996


Collaborations, Warhol, Basquiat, Clemente, exposition itinérante : Museum Fridericianum, Kassel;


Museum Villa Stuck, Munich; Castello di Rivoli, Turin.


 


1995


Biennale di Venezia, Venice.


 


1994


Contemporary Watercolours, The University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton.


 


1993


The Portrait Now, National Portrait Gallery, London.


 


1992


Allegories of Modernism, Contemporary Drawing, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.


 


1990


Culture and Commentary, an '80s Perspective, Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington.


 


1989


Bilderstreit, Cologne.


Italian Art in the Twentieth Century, Royal Academy of Arts, London.


Magiciens de la Terre, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris.


 


1988


Europa Oggi, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Prato.


Biennale di Venezia, Venice.


 


1986


Beuys zu Ehren, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich.


 


1985/86


The Carnegie International, Museum of Art, Pittsburgh.


1985_7000 Eichen, Kunsthalle, Tübingen.


Von Twombly bis Clemente, Kunsthalle, Bâle.


India and the Contemporary Artist, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.


Ouverture, Castello di Rivoli, Turin.


 


1984


Collaborations, Basquiat, Clemente, Warhol, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich.


Painting Now, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya.


An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.


Images and Impressions : Painters Who Paint, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.


 


1983


Italia : La Transavanguardia, Fundació Caja de Pensiones, Madrid.


New Italian Art, The New Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cleveland.


Trustees' Choice, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield.


Bilder, Kunsthalle, Bielefeld.


Galleria Emilio Mazzoli, Modène.


 


1982/83


Rosa Esman Gallery, New York.


Myth, The Bonlow Gallery, New York.


_1982_Issues : New Allegory I, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston.


Homo Sapiens : the many images, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art,. Ridgefield.


Documenta 7, Kassel.


The Pressure to Paint, Malborough Gallery, New York.


New York on Paper 2 : Jonathan Borofsky, Francesco Clemente, Mario Merz,A.R.Penck, Giuseppe


Penone, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.


Five Painters : Chia, Clemente, Kiefer, Salle, Schnabel, Anthony d'Offay Gallery, Londres.


Kunst nu / Kunst unserer Zeit, Kunsthalle, Wilhelmshaven & Groninger Museum, Groningen.


Avanguardia Transavanguardia 68, 77, Mura Aureliane, Rome.


Galleria Emilio Mazzoli, Modène.


Zeitgeist, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin.


How to Draw / What to Draw : Works on Paper by Five Contemporary Artists, The Parrish Art Museum,


Southampton.


 


1981


Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone, Turin.


Westkunst, Rheinhallen der Kölner Messe, Cologne.


Italians and American Italians, Crown Point Gallery, Oakland.


Figures : Forms and Expressions, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, CEPA Gallery,


Hallwalls, Buffalo et New York.


Large Format Drawings, Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York.


L'identité italienne, Art en Italie depuis 1959, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre


Pompidou, Paris.


Tesoro, Galleria Emilio Mazzoli, Modène.


Aspects of Post-Modernism, The Squibb Gallery, Princeton.


 


1980


The Cut-off Hand - 100 Drawings from Italy, exposition itinérante : Kunstverein, Bonn; Städtische Galerie,


Wolfsburg; Groninger Museum, Groningen.


Egonavigatio, Kunstverein, Mannheim.


Galleria Francesco Masnata, Gênes.


Aperto 80, Biennale di Venezia, Venice.


Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, Nicola De Maria, Luigi Ontani, Mimmo Paladino,


Ernesto Tatafiore, touring exhibition: Kunsthalle, Bâle; Museum Folkwang, Essen; Stedelijk Museum,


Amsterdam.


Sperone Westwater Fischer Gallery, New York.


Neuer Werbungen, Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne.


1979_Perspective 79, Art 10'79, Bâle.


Arte Cifra, Galerie Paul Maenz, Cologne.


Clemente, De Maria, Paladino, Galerie Annemarie Verna, Zürich.


Europa 79, Stuttgart.


Parigi, O Cara..., Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris


Opere Fatte ad Arte, Palazzo di Citta, Acireale.


Le Stanze, Colonna Castle, Genazzano.


 


1978


Pas de deux, Galleria la Salita, Rome


 


1977


Drawing/Transparency, Studio Cannaviello, Rome.


Wednesday 16 February 1977, Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome.


X Biennale de Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris.


Progetto 80, Bari.


 


1976


Merz, Pisani, Clemente, Galleria Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome.


 


1975


XII Biennale, Sao Paulo._24 Hours out of 24, Galleria l'Attico, Rome.


Campo Dieci, Galleria Diagramma, Milan.


 


1974


Studenteski Center, Belgrade.


Public and private collections

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY
Guggenheim Museum, (NY and Bilbao)
Metropolitan Museum, NY
Tate Modern, London
Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Stadel Museum, Frankfurt
Brandhorst Museum, Munich
Kunstmuseum, Basel
Museum fur Modern Kunst, Frankfurt
MAXXI, Rome
MADRE, Naples
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Cleveland Museum of Art
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Fundacion Caja, Spain
Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo
Rubell Collection, Miami
Brant Foundation, Connecticut


National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Italy