Emilio Tadini

About Artist: Emilio Tadini (Milan, 1927 – Milan, 2002) In 1947, while he was still studying literature at university, a poem by Emilio Tadini was published in Elio Vittorini’s magazine Il Politecnico. This was the beginning of his extensive literary and critical production which, supported and influenced as it was by the post-war intellectual fervor in Milan, led him to become one of the most original and best-known voices in Italy. The price of this was that his far more important extensive art output has often been left in the shade or has been discussed in literary and narrative terms at the expense of its pure painterly qualities. He began painting during the 1950s and his first solo show was held in 1961 in the Galleria del Cavallini in Venice. By this time he had already begun to paint works in series on related themes in a style influenced at first by Surrealism and in which the tragic and comic existed side by side. The themes were often those of cities, refugees, isolated and deconstructed figures, and manikins which frequently, as in a painting by Marc Chagall, defied the effects of gravity. In 1965 Tadini began to exhibit regularly with Studio Marconi in Milan and, in the following years, he held numerous solo shows in galleries and museums both in Italy and in the rest of Europe – Paris, Stockholm, Brussels, London, Antwerp – as well as in the United States and South America. He was invited to the Venice Biennale in 1978 and in 1982. In 1986 a wide-ranging solo show was held in the Rotonda di via Besana, Milan, in which he exhibited a number of works which anticipated his later series Profughi and Città italiane. In 1990 Studio Marconi exhibited seven large-scale triptychs. In 1992 the show Oltremare was held in the Galerie du Centre, Paris, and was later seen again, with the addition of some new works, in Studio Marconi. In 1995 Tadini was the subject of an extensive anthological exhibition in museums in Straslund, Bochum, and Darmstadt. In 1997 shows of his work were held in the Galerie Karin Fesel in Düsseldorf; the Galerie Georges Fall, Paris; and the Castelvecchio museum in Verona. His last series were Fiabe and Nature morte; the former was exhibited in Die Galerie, Frankfurt, in 1999. From 1997 to 2000 he was president of the Brera academy in Milan. In 2001 a large retrospective show was organized in Palazzo Reale, Milan.

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