Marco Tirelli: Tutta la mia vita l’ho immaginata [I have imagined my entire life]

a man wearing glasses and a black sport coat standing against a gray wall with a black square behind him

Cornell in Rome Fall 2018 Lecture Series

Marco Tirelli was born in 1956 in Rome, where he still lives and works. He began to exhibit in the second half of the 1970s, and his first participation at the Venice Biennale was in 1982, in the section Aperto 82 with a personal room. His collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad were numerous in the 80s, including, among others, the PAC in Milan and the XI Quadrennial in Rome in 1986; Dal ritorno all’ordine al richiamo alla pittura 1920-1987, a traveling exhibition hosted by the Kunsternes Hus in Oslo; the Anteniim Taideemusee in Helsinki; the Matildenhöhe in Darmstadt and the Kunsthalle in Bielefeld in 1987; the GAM Bologna in 1988; and Diptych, Aspects of Abstract and Figurative Art in Italy, a traveling exhibition between the Modern Art Gallery of Istanbul, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ankara, and the Museum of Modern Art in Tel Aviv in 1989. The 90s began with an exhibition at the American Academy in Rome, which put into dialogue a series of his drawings with some Wall Drawings by Sol LeWitt, followed by his participation in the 1990 Venice Biennale with a personal room.

Among Tirelli's most noteworthy recent exhibitions are the Sydney biennial of 1990, the São Paolo biennial of 1991, Prospect '93 at the Kunsthalle in Frankfurt in 1993, and the XII Rome Quadrennial of 1996. In 2001 he presented a site-specific installation at the Fondazione Volume! in Rome, in which he engaged painting in an environmental dimension. In 2002 the Institut Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt, Germany, dedicated an important anthological exhibition titled Das Universum der Geometrie, which was shown the following year at the Modern Art Gallery in Bologna. In 2004 Tirelli exhibited in a collective show at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, in 2005 at MART in Rovereto, and in 2006 in the group exhibition San Lorenzo in Villa Medici, home of the French Academy in Rome. His recent exhibitions include Excelle. Around the silence, Gori Collection, Fattoria di Celle, Santomato (2009); Marco Tirelli, Museum of Palazzo Fortuny, Venice (2010); Marco Tirelli, MACRO, Rome (2012); a personal room in the exhibition Vice Versa, Italian Pavilion, 2013 Venice Biennale of Art; Soltanto un quadro al massimo, the German Academy of Villa Massimo, Rome, together with Bernd and Hilla Becher (2013); Marco Tirelli, Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome (2013); Osservatorio, Fondazione Pescheria, Centro Arti Visive, Pesaro (2014); and Proportio, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice (2015). Between 2016 and 2017, Tirelli exhibited at the Fondazione Cerere in Rome, in France at the Musée d'art moderne et contemporain of Saint-Etienne Métropole, and again in Italy in the Sala delle Pietre of the Palazzi Comunali of Todi. In 2018, Tirelli had exhibitions in Switzerland, Hong Kong, and Antwerp. His works are part of the collections of some of the most important international museums.