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Luigi Ontani (born in 1943 in the province of Bologna) is an Italian artist.

During his long career, Luigi Ontani has expressed his creativity and poetics through the use of many techniques. In 1968 he began working with photographic works that are characterized by some characteristic elements: the subject is always the artist who uses his own body and face to personify historical, mythological and relevant themes. Simultaneously with the first photographic works, Ontani begins to perform the first tableaux vivants, a term used to indicate a scene where costumed actors remain still and silent, as in a painting. Ontani uses technique not as an end in itself, but as an opportunity to experiment with new possibilities and formulate new variations on the theme of travel, the mask and the symbol.



 Some of the past exhibitions

  • (2021) GAM TORINO

  • (2012) TATE Modern London

  • (2011) Castello di Rivoli 

  • (2008) MAMbo Bologna

  • (1972, 1978, 1984, 1986, 1995, 2003)
    Biennale di Venezia

Permanently collected by: 

  • Guggenheim Museum, NY

  • Centre G. Pompidou,Paris

  • Frankfurt Kunstverein, Frankfurt

  • Reina Sofia, Madrid

  • MADRE Museum, Napoli

  • MAMbo, Bologna

  • MAXXI,  Rome

 "Untitled", 2003
70 x 45 cm, ceramic

Uovo_Luigi Ontani.jpeg

 "Marco pollaio"

81  x 86 cm

Luigi Ontani_ Marco Polo.jpeg
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