Arte Povera and Conceptual Art Italian artist Giulio Paolini was born on 5 November 1940 in Genoa.

By Ioannis Tzortzakakis

Arte Povera and Conceptual Art Italian artist Giulio Paolini was born on 5 November 1940 in Genoa. He studied Graphics in Giambattista Bodoni State Industrial Technical School of Graphics and Photography, in Turin.

His work is ranging from graphics, works made by various techniques and methods, to photography, and is represented in several international public and private collections.

Since his first participation in a group exhibition in 1961 (‘XII Premio Lissone internazionale per la pittura’, Palazzo del Centro del Mobile, Lisson Gallery) and his first solo exhibition in 1964 (Galleria La Salita, Rome) he has held numerous exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world.

He has participated in several exhibitions of Arte Povera and has been invited several times to the Documenta in Kassel (1972, 1977, 1982, 1992) and the Venice Biennale (1970, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2013).

Further reading

The official site of the artist

Maddalena Disch, Giulio Paolini. Catalogo ragionato 1960-1999, Milan: Skira Editore, 2008.

Watch online 

Curator’s introduction to Giulio Paolini: To Be or Not to Be, ( 9 July – 14 September 2014),  Whitechapel Gallery.


Disegno geometrico (Geometric Drawing), 1960, Tempera and ink on canvas, 40 x 60 cm, Fondazione Giulio e Anna Paolini, Torino. Photo Mario Sarotto, Turin.

Galleria La Salita, Roma, dal 31 ottobre 1964.  Photo Galleria La Salita, Roma.

Giovane che guarda Lorenzo Lotto, 1967, Photography on emulsified canvas, 30 x 24 cm, FER Collection. Photo © Giorgio Colombo, Milano.

To Be or Not to Be, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 9 July- 14 September 2014. Photo © attilio Maranzano.

Teatro di Mnemosine. GIULIO PAOLINI d’après WATTEAU, Spazio -1 Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati, Lugano 12 September 2015 – 10 January 2016. Photo © Agostino Osio.

Giorgio de Chirico – Giulio Paolini / Giulio Paolini – Giorgio de Chirico, Center for Italian Modern Art, New York, 14 October 2016-24 June 2017. Photo © Walter Smalling Jr., courtesy Center for Italian Modern Art, New York.

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