Enzo Cucchi: A Conversation at Cornell University

Italian artist Enzo Cucchi achieved international acclaim in the early 1980s as part of the Transavanguardia movement. Cucchi represents the destructive forces of nature in paintings that are large, rich, and densely material, often containing collage elements of wooden and metal objects. He has also produced sculptures, ceramics and mosaics, installations, and simple, small-format drawings, with accompanying prose. He has widely exhibited in prestigious galleries including, since 1981, the Bruno Bischofberger Gallery in Zürich, and in museums: Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Tate Gallery, London. At the 1980 XXXIX Venice Biennale, Cucchi was presented by Achille Bonito Oliva along with fellow painters Sandro Chia, Mimmo Paladino, Francesco Clemente, and Nicola De Maria. The Museo Correr, Venice, hosted a large retrospective of his work in 2007.