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


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



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



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



A Private Geography, Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY

Captive Pleasures, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich, Switzerland



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



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



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



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



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)



Drawings, Gagosian Gallery, London

New Works, Reykjavik Art Museum, Islande

Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

New Works, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin



Paintings 2000-2003, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills

Paintings 2000-2003, Gagosian Gallery, New York



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



Galleria Civica di Arte Contemporanea, Trento, Italy

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



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



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



Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich

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



Galerie Jablonka, Cologne.

Ex libris de Chenonceau, Château de Chenonceau, Chenonceau.



Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo.

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

Tree of Life, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich.


Gagosian Gallery, New York.

War Usury Pestilence Death, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich.

Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Bâle.



Kunsthalle, Bâle.


Galerie Beyeler, Bâle.

Royal Academy of Arts, Londron.

Gagosian Gallery, New York.

Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.

Fist Gallery, Moscow.



Der Aufbruch der Argonauten, Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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,


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.



Il viaggatore napoletano, Galerie Paul Maenz, Cologne.

Mario Diacono, Rome.

Watercolours, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich.



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


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

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut.



Sperone Westwater Fischer, New York.

Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gand.

Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London.

Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich.



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.



Art & Project, Amsterdam.

Lisson Gallery, London.

Emilio Mazzoli, Modene.

Giuliana de Crescenzo, Rome.

Lucio Amelio, Naples.

Gian Enzo Sperone, Turin.

Paul Maenz, Cologne.



Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva.

Art & Project, Amsterdam.

Paul Maenz, Cologne.



Paola Betti, Milan.



Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome.

Lucrecia de Domizio, Pescara.



Gian Enzo Sperone, Rome.

Gian Enzo Sperone, Turin.

Massimo Minini, Brescia.

Franco Toselli, Milan.



Galleria Area, Florence.



Galleria Valle Giulia, Rome.

Group exhibitions


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



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



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.



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



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



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



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



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

Happy birthday ! Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris.



Papiers Contemporains, Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris.



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

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



Biennale di Venezia, Venice.



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



The Portrait Now, National Portrait Gallery, London.



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



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



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.



Europa Oggi, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Prato.

Biennale di Venezia, Venice.



Beuys zu Ehren, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich.



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.



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.



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.



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,




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.



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,


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.



Pas de deux, Galleria la Salita, Rome



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.



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



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

Campo Dieci, Galleria Diagramma, Milan.



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
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