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Giuseppe Chiari

Painter, Performer 1926-2007


Composer and conceptual artist, born in Florence on September 26, 1926. In Florence, alongside his university studies in mathematics and engineering (1946-51), he devoted himself to music by studying piano and composition. Attracted in particular by the experiences of J. Cage, C. began to take an interest in experimental research of visual music by promoting in 1961, with P. Grossi, the association Vita musica Contemporanea; important for the artistic development of C. were, in the early sixties, the meeting with S. Bussotti, the comparison with the research of concrete poetry of the 70 Group, and finally the contracts with the New York exponents of the international Fluxus movement to whom the he artist joined by participating, in 1962, in the Fluxus internationale Festspiele neuester Musik in Wiesbaden.

In addition to significant collective reviews, from Documenta 5 in Kassel (1972) to the Venice Biennale (1972; 1976; 1978) to that of Sidney (1990), C. has developed his complex artistic path through numerous concerts and performances in Europe and the United States.

Supporter of the interaction between music, language, gesture and image, C. has elaborated actions that are linked to the Neo-Dadaist and conceptual experiences: short passages flow, from time to time and without a pre-established order, into complex musical pieces, aimed at enhancing the freedom of expression and the concept of indeterminacy of artistic doing.

His works are part of the most important international collections, from the MoMa of NY, to the Pecci Museum in Prato, Museo del Novecento - Florence, Celle Collection, Pistoia, GAM Torino, Center Pompidou Paris, etc ... 

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Giuseppe Chiari

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