* 1937 Mailand
† 1993 Mailand
Gianni Colombo was born at Milan on 1st January 1937. Between 1956 and 1959 he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. During his last year at the academy he was co-founder of the "Gruppo T". Works that examined the effects of different materials, surfaces and colors came into existence, additionally, Colombo worked on light projections and kinetic objects. As of 1960 his art was shown in solo- and group shows in Genoa, Padua, Venice and Rome, but also internationally, for instance at the Minami Art Gallery in Tokyo. From 1964 on Colombo developed his first kinetic walk-in spatial concepts which he showed, among others, in the exhibition "Nouvelle Tendance" in Paris. By means of light projections and elastic fluorescent strings he makes the dynamic room perceptible for the observer both visually as well as on a tactile level. Owed to their variability, he calls these spatial concepts "Spazio elastico". The objective of Colombo‘s works is to persuade the observer to actively participate in his works. In 1985 Gianni Colombo became director of the Nuova Accademia in Milan. In 2009 the first retrospective was shown at the Castello di Rivoli Museo d'Arte Contemporanea in Milan. In 2010 another retrospective followed at the Galleria del Ponte in Florence and in 2016 he eventually had his first solo show in the USA at Greene Naftali in New York. Colombo‘s works are in possession of many renowned private collections and museums, among them the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Prada Foundation and the Museo del Novecento in Milan. Works by Colombo are currently shown in the exhibition "Mazzoleni 1986-2016: 30 Years of Art 30 Italian Artists" at gallery Mazzoleni in London. Gianni Colombo died unexpectedly in Melzo, Italy on 3rd February 1993.