Achille Bonito Oliva
27 December — 28 December 2018
“Io non mi sento un angelo custode, più un angelo sterminatore.”
“I don’t feel like a guardian angel, more like an exterminating angel.”
– Achille Bonito Oliva
The importance of the figure of the critic in a world that seems to have lost its bearings helps to analyze the real spiritual and economic value of the work of art.
Achille Bonito Oliva was born in Caggiano (Salerno) in 1939 and lives in Rome, where he teaches History of Contemporary Art at the University “La Sapienza”. He is one of the best known and most esteemed Italian art critics. He is the author of essays on mannerism, the historical avant-gardes and the neo-avant-gardes, and founder of the Transavantgarde art movement. He has curated thematic and interdisciplinary exhibitions both in Italy and abroad, including “Contemporanea”, “Aperto 80”, “Transavanguard Avant-garde”, “Art and depression”, “Minimalia”. He directed the 43rd edition of the Venice Biennale “Cardinal points of art”. He was part of “Group 63” and published the poetry books Made in Mater (1967) and Fiction Poems (1968). He has been awarded numerous prizes and awards, including the 1991 Valentino d’Oro, an international award for art criticism.