Enrico Della Torre, Alina Kalczynska, Sandro Martini, Walter Valentini

Dal 05.10.2013 al 03.11.2013

Artist’s books, a single topic for a double exposition.

Entirely edited by Leda Calza and Elisa Molinari about the exposed project of the Architect Carlo Scagnelli, the two exhibitions would be open to the public from October 5 until November 3 at the gallery.


Artist’s book, object book, book of art, fancy book, different names for a fluid definition that cannot be consider a category of absolute refrainment. In the most restrictive sense the book of the artist is that volume conceive ideal and materially by the artist who decides also the concept and the development, intervening on it as a truly and own master piece; willing to get in a terminology more precise we will talk about limit runs in a single copy.


The exhibition at the Biffi Art gallery, in its dichotomy exhibition presents, in the underground space an overview of the book of the artist that covers the whole on the twenty century, with samples of 1926 by Frank Kupka, Natalia Goncharova, Marcel Duchamp, going forwards into the 30’s until the year 2010 with authors as Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Sonia Delaunay, Piero Manzoni, Alighiero Boetti, Emilio Villa, Eduardo Chillida, Mimmo Pladino, Emilio Isgrò, Antonio Calderara, Lucio Fontana, Gianni Colombo, Joe Tilson, Vincenzo Agnetti, Janis Kounellis, Andy Warhol, Fausto Melotti, Bruno Munari, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Herma De Vries, Elisabetta Benassi, Gerard Richter, Sol LeWitt, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Gino De Dominicis, Matthew Barney, Erik Van Der Weijde, Sigmar Polke.  


In the rooms of the ground level of the gallery the four artist, Enrico Della Torre, Alina Kalcczynska, Sandro Martini and Walter Valentini with their creations, for an exhibition that pays tribute to this enduring artistic expression. In the era of the tablet and of the e-book with which we live, the book, in general understood as a


way of storage, and specifically the artist’s book, proceeds parallel and stays as an artistic expression, but overall as a place of culture, research, dialogue and synergy between artists and writers, often going beyond the shape itself of the book and of its function, becoming also into a collection object. As Elio Grazioli wrote in La collezione come forma d’arte, collect means not only take care of the things and of the world itself, but to say it in this way, of the world and of the things itself.