Vittore Frattini


In the current panorama of Italian art, Vittore Frattini is one of the few artists to have tried to rethink with consistency and continuity to the fate of plastic form and sculpture, without ever losing sight of the delicacy and dynamic significance of his typical sign, even in the most openly monumental achievements.

Vittore Frattini made his public debut as an artist in 1957 in his first personal exhibition at the Casino of Sanremo. Among the other personal remember that at the Museo della Permanente Milan 1965, presented by Renato Guttuso, Atelier Donati in Zurich (1975), the Museums of Villa Mirabello in Varese (1984), Georgetown University in Washington D.C. (1986), the Civic Gallery of Modern Art Gallarate (1988). Many of his participations in group exhibitions in major exhibition spaces including the Premio S. Fedele in 1956, 1959, 1961, 1965, the 171st and 172nd Grand Palais “Le Salon” in Paris, the X Venice Biennale for engraving, and the 8th Quadrennial in Rome. At the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum New York.

Numerous are his graphic publications: from the first of ’59 presented by Aldo Patocchi, to “Parole e immagini” with poems by E. Mastrolonardo, presented by Franco Russoli, to the Mini-Pocket published by Giorgio Upiglio, with text by Piero Chiara (1974) to the last “Voli” 2005 with text by Mario Luzi. Major monographs include: ed. Mario Pareti with text by Luigi Carluccio (1971), Edizioni Cortina Milan 1981 text by Miklos N. Varga. Edizioni Vanni Scheiwiller: Lumen all’insegna del pesce d’oro and Open here in the series Proposte with text by Gian Alberto Dell’Acqua and Giuseppe Panza di Biumo (1985). Edizioni G. Mondadori: “Works on paper”, edited by Flaminio Gualdoni (1996), “Paintings” edited by Giuseppe Panza (1997) presented at Circolo della Stampa in Milan. The SKIRA publishing house has dedicated to him an extensive monograph presented at the Palazzo delle Stelline in Milan (2002) by Giuseppe Panza di Biumo and Philippe Daverio. The Museum of Spoleto has dedicated a vast anthological exhibition (2005) curated by Martina Corgnati with Mazzotta catalog.

In 2009 he presents in Milan, in the “Cortile della Seta” at UBI, the most recent sculptures curated by Angela Madesani and the latest works in glass at the Gallery “il Milione”. Also in 2009 the Province of Varese presents at Villa Recalcati a vast anthological exhibition curated by Philippe Daverio.

Audio File

Galleria Bluart (Varese 1983)

Original audio by Giuseppe Panza di Biumo reviewing the work of Vittore Frattini.

Vittore Frattini

Time history

He attends the studio of his father Angelo, sculptor.
Participates in the Biennial City of Milan and the San Fedele Prize. His mother Maria dies, to whom he dedicates The Lightning, a large painting (Pinacoteca Musei Civici, Varese).
He achieves artistic maturity. He enters the Academy of Brera directed by Aldo Carpi, at the school of Domenico Cantatore. He prepares his first personal exhibition, Sala Mostre del Casinò, Sanremo. He tries his hand at abstract expressionism. He exposed to the Grand Palais of the Champs-Élisées, to the “Salon” of Paris, to the 171st and 172nd Exposition de Beaux-Arts and to the review “Italian Artists at the Cercle Volnej” guest in Paris of Flaminio Bertoni. He participates in the San Fedele Prize, Milan, the Biennale dei Giovani di Gallarate and the VIII Quadrennial in Rome. He wins the “Lions Club” Award, the first Tortona National Award and the Sesto Calende Award. He opens a studio in Via Ciovasso in Milan. The publisher Luciano Ferriani collects some of his engravings in a folder presented by Aldo Patocchi.
He wins a prize at the Ina-Touring competition, Palazzo della Permanente, Milan; second prize for the Academies of Fine Arts at the International Student Competition, with the participation of 27 countries, Galleria Nazionale (award ceremony in Campidoglio), Rome. He graduated from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, winning the Titta Prize and a scholarship for the fresco course in Arcumeggia, held by Gianfilippo Usellini. He exhibited at the gallery Spotorno in Milan presented by Carlo Munari. He participates in the exhibition “Panorama of Young Italian Painting”, Eidac, Milan. With Floriano Bodini and Francesco Tabusso, is hired as a teacher at the Art School of Brera. Gold medal at the First National Competition of Campione d’Italia. He exhibited at the Cassiopea Gallery and Viotti, Turin. He opens a studio in an attic in Via Po, Turin. They write about his work Mario Lepore, Marziano Bernardi, Enotrio Mastrolonardo, Angelo Dragone, Giorgio Mascherpa, Piero Chiara and in particular Luigi Carluccio.
Trip to Washington with Emilio Scanavino and other Italian artists. He wins the Bignami Prize, Palazzo Reale, Milan; he wins the “Il Paladino” prize at the National Drawing Competition, Il Paladino gallery, Palermo. He exhibits in Zurich his first landscapes From the Porthole and From Above at the Bùrdeke Gallery and at the Flaviana Gallery in Locarno. He promotes with Gottardo Ortelli, Nino Cassani and other friends, the review “Cun-Art” to which they have joined in more editions Morlotti, Guttuso, Fontana and Arp. He exhibits in the United States visiting major collections in Washington and New York. He is invited to the Biennial of Engraving in Venice. He made several etchings printed on the presses of Giorgio Upiglio, some of which are collected in publication with poems by Enotrio Mastrolonardo, Flora Editions with a preface by Franco Russoli. He marries Silvana Viscardi from whom he will have three children: Sara, Massimo, Paolo. He exhibits at Montrasio Arte Contemporanea in Monza. The Società Permanente in Milan presents an extensive anthological exhibition of his work, presented by Renato Guttuso.
He wins the second prize at the National Fresco Competition, Arcumeggia, Varese. He participates with his father Angelo and some friends in the foundation of the Liceo Artistico Statale di Varese of which he will be appointed director. He meets Graham Sutherland in Menton. The publisher Mario Pareti dedicates to him a monograph, edited by Luigi Carluccio. He receives an award at the Gallery of Modern Art in Gallarate. They write about his work Alberico Sala, Raffaele De Grada, Silvano Colombo, Renzo Modesti. Solo exhibition at the Art-Mod Gallery, Geneva; at the International Gallery of Visual Arts, Milan. He executes some serigraphies presented by Carlo Munari on the magazine “AL2”, Rome. He wins the Commune of Sovico Award at the “Arte-Rassegna”, Sovico. He executes a lithograph for the publication 31 Maestri Italiani, Edizioni Unesco, Paris. He moved with his family and studio to Sant’Ambrogio, Varese. He performs the Mini Pocket that marks the start of a new creative phase. He visits, in Bishop’s Stortford, Henry Moore’s studio and gets to know the new English art. The Municipal Library of Milan presents his graphic anthology and the Mini Pocket edited by Giorgio Upiglio with a preface by Piero Chiara.
His father Angelo dies. He leaves the position of director of the Liceo Artistico Statale di Varese and other public offices to devote himself more incisively to art. Personal exhibition at the Montrasio Gallery in Monza and at the Della Piazza Gallery in Varese. Presents the first Lumen, “Begegnut mit Internationaler”, Atelier Donati, Zurich. He participates in the X City of Gallarate Award and in the exhibition “10 Italian Painters” presented by Roberto Sanesi, Palace Pier in Toronto, Canada.
He wins the City of Milan award at Cadorago Lario, Villa Olmo, Como. He exhibits at the Montrasio Gallery, Monza. He participates in the exhibition “Abstraction of the landscape”, Palazzo Ducale, Urbino. He exhibits with Morandini and Moroni at the Della Piazza gallery in Varese and at the Arte Fiera in Bologna. Personal exhibition at the Civic Museum of Monza and at the Orangerie Gallery in Milan. He performs with Roberto Sanesi La parabola del bianco, presented by Sergio Dangelo, for Edizioni L’Annunciata, Milan. He exhibited simultaneously in two personal exhibitions for the gallery L’Annunciata and the gallery Vismara, Milan. He is invited to the Triennial of Engraving, Permanent Gallery, Milan. He performs a Spazio Ambiente with A. Bertolio, L. Russolo International Prize, Varese. Solo exhibition, Falchi Gallery, Milan. The publisher Cortina presents in Milan a monograph with a preface by Miklos N. Varga.
He executed a multiple for Edizioni Cortina and an etching-serigraphy, Open Here, for Manfredi Gioielli, Varese, New York. “One Technique – 3 Ages, Italian Engravers,” Ghiggini Gallery, Varese. With the friend poet Miklos N. Varga publishes Frammenti lirici with the presentation of Vincenzo Accame and Frammenti lirici n. 2, with a presentation by Alberto Veca, Edizioni Cortina, Milan-Lugano. Solo exhibition at Cern (Nuclear Research Center), Geneva. He exposes to the review “Masters of Graphics” in the fifth centenary of the birth of Raphael, Tokyo. Blu-Art Gallery organizes a “Meeting with the Artist” with the intervention of Gianfranco Maffina, Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, Silvano Colombo, Miklos N. Varga. He is invited to exhibit at the Orangerie in Berlin and at the exhibition “Artisti Italiani” in homage to the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
Solo exhibition, Civic Museums of Villa Mirabello. Participates in the National Exhibition of Painting “City of Monza” at the Villa Reale. Exhibits at the Victory Gallery, Washington, D.C. The publisher Scheiwiller publishes in the “New illustrated series”, I Lumen, with texts by Vanni Scheiwiller and Vittore Frattini; and in the series “Proposals”, Open Here 2, with texts by Gian Alberto Dell’Acqua and Giuseppe Panza di Biumo. Solo exhibition at the Mosaic Gallery, Chiasso. He is invited to the first historical exhibition of the Diomira Award. Gives a lecture on the occasion of his anthological exhibition at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Participates in the exhibition “Poetry for Life: 20 Artists for SOS Villages”, San Fedele Gallery, Milan; exhibits at “Grafica Internazionale”, Palazzo Ducale, Urbino. Anthological exhibition 1956-1988″, Civica Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Gallarate. Participates in the exhibition “Italian Artists in Moscow”, Moscow. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
He exhibits Lumen, curated by Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, Chiostro di Voltorre, Varese. He works on the Great Fragment that he presents in Milan, Teatro Verdi. He exhibits with Del Pezzo and Hsiao at Villa Ponti, Varese. He takes part to the exhibition “Artists of Silvano Falchi”, Palazzo Albertini, Forlì. He exposes in “The Artist and the Book”, Museum of Modern Art, New York. He executed several mosaics for public and private buildings including the mosaic-sculpture in collaboration with Luigi Veronesi. Anthological exhibition, Castello di Masnago, Varese. He is invited to Miart in Milan and the Ricter Gallery in Tel Aviv. He exhibits at Palazzo Branda Castiglioni “Sulle orme di Masolino” curated by Gian Alberto Dell’Acqua and Pietro C. Marani. He exhibits at Cascina Diodona, Malnate, curated by Luciano Caramel. Solo exhibition at Georgetown University; Washington, D.C. and at the Charles Augustus Center, Villa Le Balze, Fiesole, Florence. Inauguration of “Spazio Gotico”, Modern Art Gallery, Palazzo dei Castiglioni del Monteruzzo (12th century), Castiglione Olona. At the Circolo della Stampa in Milan, he presented the monograph Dipinti (Editoriale Giorgio Mondadori). Solo exhibition, Casino Municipale di Sanremo (catalogue Ed. Giorgio Mondadori). He exhibited a series of works at Palazzo Cerio and Capricorno Gallery, Capri. He exhibited at Lumen, Schubert Gallery, Milan 1999 and at Alda Capparelli Gallery, London, LIMN, San Francisco.
He exhibited the Globes at the Chiostro di Voltorre in December 2000, at Spazio Cappellini in Milan in May 2001 and at Adamar Fine Art in Miami. Exhibition ‘Homage to Enzo Pagani’, Museum of Modern Art, Castellanza, 2001. Art in Italy’ exhibition, Museo Parisi, Maccagno.
Materia e luce” exhibition, Primaluce, Milan, 2002. Execution of a stainless steel sculpture, Homage to Giovanni Borghi, placed in the stadium square in Varese, 2001. He made a large stainless steel sculpture, Grande V, for Malpensa Airport, 2002. Construction of the first lot of the large fountain for S. Antonino Ticino (Malpensa). Skira publishes a monograph presented by Giuseppe Panza di Biumo and Philippe Daverio at the Fondazione Stelline, Milan 2003. He exhibited at the exhibition ‘Un secolo d’Arte a Varese’ (A Century of Art in Varese) at the Museo civico Floriano Bodini, curated by Flaminio Gualdoni. Performs a graphic collection, Voli, with a text by Mario Luzi, 2003. Exhibits glass sculptures at Galleria Blanchard, Milan 2004. He exhibited at ‘Brera anni sessanta e dintorni’, Biella. He exhibited at the auction ‘Christie’s for Ail’, Milan 2004/2005. In 2005, the Spoleto Civic Gallery of Modern Art dedicated to him an extensive anthological exhibition curated by Martina Corgnati with a Mazzotta catalogue. In the same year he was awarded the Lumen Claro prize by the Varese Prealpi Lions Association. In 2009 he presented, curated by Angela Madesani, his recent sculptures in the Cortile della Seta at UBI, and his latest works in glass at Galleria Il Milione in Milan. The Province of Varese presents an extensive anthological exhibition at Villa Recalcati curated by Philippe Daverio. In 2011 he exhibited at the Villa Morotti Gallery in Daverio, curated by Vittoria Broggini.
With Luca Missoni he exhibited multiple works at Roda in 2013. Roda also presented “Le grandi tele di Frattini” in Voltorre, in 2016. He exhibited at the exhibition ‘Per chiara fama’ at Palazzo Marliani Cicogna, Busto Arsizio in 2015. The MAGA Museum and SEA inaugurate an exhibition project with an extensive review of works at Malpensa Airport 1 (November 2013-March 2014). Studio Arteidea presents Il Colore e la Materia – Frattini e gli scultori del Novecento in 2014. “Frattini una vita per l’Arte” curated by Antonella Piccardi in 2015 and “Contrasti” at Studio Arteidea in 2016. On the occasion of the Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan 2015, Laboratorio Paravicini presents “Orizzonti”, a collection of ceramic plates. He participates in the “Rassegna Inernazionale” at the Fornaci di Cunardo, 2015. In Luino in 2016, the Odea gallery presented the Mini Pocket in homage to Piero Chiara. He exhibits at the ‘Real Art’ exhibition at the Bodini Museum in Gemonio, 2016. In Milan at the ‘Mission Stella’ exhibition at the Fondazione Stelline, 2017.
Art Spaces Nuclear Decommissioning Comitato Europeo Ispra 2017. Villa Mirabello Civic Museums Staff 2018. Nature and its Four Elements Museo Parisi Valle Maccagno 2020.
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