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GIACOMO BENEVELLI (1925-2011); coloured etching “Salto C”, signed, titled and numbered 20/50, 26.5 x 37.5cm


Giacomo Benevelli (1925, Reggio Emilia North of Italy – July 13, 2011,[1] in Pavia, Italy) was an Italian sculptor.[2]

He was brought up in France.[3] He lived and worked for over forty years in Milan.

He was the nephew of Anselmo Govi, a painter from Reggio Emilia, who painted the fresco of the dome of the Teatro Ariosto. He belonged to a local Northern Italian aristocratic family previously known as Benedelli. He was the cousin of Emidio Benevelli, the founder of Benevelli Transaxles.

Since 1957 Benevelli exhibited in Italy and worldwide. His first US exhibition was in 1963 at the Felix Landau Gallery in Los Angeles. In 1964 he was invited to the 42nd Venice International Art Biennale with a group of sculptures.[4] In 1966 he was appointed as head of the sculpture courses at the Accademia di Brera in Milan.[5] Between the late 1960s and the early 1970s he created a series of lamp-sculpture, the most famous is the Roto lamp (1970s) and Arabesque (late 1960s). In 2009 he started a collaboration with the worldwide design and furniture brand Natuzzi in the newly created Natuzzi Open Art, a space dedicated to the collaboration between art and design. Benevelli created a new line of art-objects which first premiered at the Cologne Trade Fair (imm Cologne Furniture and Design fair), Salone del Mobile (Milan International Design Fair) and at the AD Home Show in New York (2010).

In 1993 he realized a bronze sculpture called “Teleios”, which can be seen in Piazzale Loreto in Milan.

In 2000 the city of Mantua organized a major exhibition of his works in the museum of the historical Casa del Mantegna. A book was published by Edizioni Casa del Mantegna on this occasion.

In 2001, he exhibited his works in the historical Palazzo Isimbardi during an exhibition organized by the city of Milan.

During the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino he was invited to take part at the Italian Sculpture Exhibition at the Palazzina di Stupinigi.

He realised a number of sacred art works for contemporary and ancient churches, and his works are preserved in numerous public and private collections in Italy and worldwide including at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp and at The British Museum inLondon.

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