Giovanni Manfredini

Giovanni Manfredini is born in a small mountain village.

He suffers severe burns as a child

He returns to Italy after a long journey to Turkey and after visiting the cave churches.

He exhibits for the first time, as the only one of 400 selected candidates, at the "Biennale dei giovani dell Europa mediterranea", an international exhibition in Bologna.

At the Rossanaferri Gallery he exhibits a new series of works on the elaboration of surfaces with titles such as "Sopravvivere" (Survival) and "La linea della vita" (The Line of Life).

He creates his first painting "VIVI" (Life), a fundamental step for the subsequent formal and ethical results of his work. An intensive exhibition phase begins (e.g. in Dresden, Singapore).

He exhibits a series of paintings and sculptures entitled "Pensieri muti" (Silent Thoughts) with Gilberto Zorio in several Italian galleries.

He starts a cycle of works based on imprints of his own body entitled "Tentativi di Esistenza" (Attempts at an Existence), fire reappears in his life as painting.

He exhibits the cycle of works together with "VIVI" (Life) at the Fondazione Mudima, Milan, an exhibition curated by Tommaso Trini, who foreshadows what will be the poetic line of Manfredini's future work with the catalogue text "Simbiote una forma di vita" (Symbiote, a form of life).

A period of international exhibitions begins in which he participates, for example in the "Minimalia" exhibition during the Venice Biennale at Palazzo Querini Dubois, Venice.

International exhibitions "Minimalia PS1" at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva, The Opening.
"S.M.A.K" at the Stedelijk Museum, Ghent, curated by Joan Hoet.

Begins collaboration with the gallery Henze & Ketterer & Triebold, Riehen/Basel, where he sets up the solo exhibition "La pelle e l'anima" (The Skin and the Soul).

The first works entitled "Estasi" (Ecstasies) are created.
These are further developed in various picture cycles until today.

Solo exhibitions in various private and public spaces in Italy and abroad, several works are acquired by private and public collections.

He is invited to the exhibition "K├╝nstler und ihre Krankheitsbilder: Painfully Ingenious", D├╝sseldorf, to exhibit.

He shows "Estasi" (Ecstasies), "Corpi" (Bodies) and works on paper in a museum exhibition, Epinal.

He is invited to exhibit two of his works, "Corpi" (Body) as well as "VIVI" (Life), in the Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome, alongside the works of Caravaggio in the Cerasi Chapel.

He exhibits at the Italian Pavilion of the "54th Biennale", Venice. He also shows a solo exhibition entitled "Opera al nero" (Black Opera) at the Kunst-Depot of the Henze & Ketterer Gallery, Wichtrach/Bern.

He exhibits in Frankfurt at the KunstKulturKirche Allerheiligen - Forum f├╝r Moderne Kunst.

"Apocalisse di Giovanni" (Apocalypse of John), solo exhibition at Galerie Henze & Ketterer & Triebold, Riehen/Basel.

To accompany the "55th Biennale", Venice, he exhibits the sculpture "Stabat Mater Dolorosa" at the Giorgio Cini Foundation.

Solo exhibition "Forse mai o forse in paradiso" (Maybe never or maybe in heaven) at the Henze & Ketterer & Triebold Gallery, Riehen/Basel, a project on drawing with works on paper.

Pope Francis commissions a monstrance and tabernacle to be built with sheet metal from the huts of Nairobi as a symbol of the new church.

Exhibits in the Goethe-Institut's Evidence of contemporary disquiet exhibition at the church of San Giuseppe delle Scalze, Naples, for which an important catalogue is published.

Exhibits a second work entitled "La Pietà" (The Pietà) at the Sala del Mosaico- Classense Library, Ravenna, for the exhibition cycle "Ascoltare Bellezza" promoted by the Museum of Contemporary Art. Exhibition and catalogue edited by Paolo Trioschi with text by Dr Alexandra Henze Triebold.

He retires to paint new works on the theme of the human sanctuary, such as "Giudizio Universale" (Universal Judgment), "Compianto" (Bereavement), "Resurrezione di San Sebastiano" (Resurrection of Saint Sebastian). He exhibits two works "La Flagellazione" (The Scourging) and "Autoritratto" (Self-Portrait) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toulouse, as part of the group exhibition "La face autre de l'autre face".

In the Basilica of Sant'Agostino, Rome, next to Caravaggio's "Madonna dei Pellegrini" and Sansovino's "Madonna del Parto", the installation "Stabat Mater Dolorosa" is presented, the music of which was written by Ennio Morricone especially for the golden crown hanging into the void.
Pope Francis has commissioned a "Calice die poveri" (chalice of the poor) to be built from the remains of a hut from Mozambique. The work, handed over and blessed by the Pope, has already been used by him in various religious functions as a symbol for a new church. He then painted a new work entitled "Il mio inchino alla pittura" (My kneeling before painting).

Galerie Henze & Ketterer
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Galerie Henze & Ketterer & Triebold
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