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Emilio Vedova
Born 9 August 1919
Died 25 October 2006
Nationality Italian
Education self-taught
Movement Beyond Guernica, Gruppo degli Otto
Awards Cavaliere di Gran Croce della Repubblica Italiana

Emilio Vedova (9 August 1919 − 25 October 2006) was a modern Italian painter, considered one of the most important to emerge from his country's artistic scene, Arte Informale.


Vedova was born in Venice into a working-class family. His artisan roots came from his house painting father. He was the third child out of seven. Emilio began working at a young age, primarily in a factory. Later he got a job in a photography and restoration studio.


He was imperatively a self-taught artist aside from a few night classes.[1] After an initial formative experience within Expressionism, he joined the group "Corrente"(1942–43), during the second world war, which included other artists such as Renato Guttuso and Renato Birolli. He recorded his experience in his drawings. Vedova returned to Venice towards the demise of the war.[1] He participated in the Resistenza and played a key role in the post-war Italian art movement, which was opening up and contributing originally to the European avant-garde. His work was getting much more abstract. His images represented the apprehension of the time, with his geometric shapes, and color palette. In 1946 he co-signed the manifesto Beyond Guernica which included several Italian artists who were to become famous. In 1947 Vedova founded Fronte Nuovo delle Arti,In 1952 he became a member of the influential and more avant garde, Gruppo degli Otto (Afro, Birolli, Corpora, Santomaso, Morlotti, Vedova, Moreni, Turcato), organised by the critic Lionello Venturi. His work exerted a significant influence on the Arte Povera group.[2]

In 1951, Vedova exhibited his first solo show in the United States at the Catherine Viviano Gallery located in New York. This show was where he began to attract big name collectors, like Peggy Guggenheim. In the following year, he was a part of Gruppo degli Otto Pittori Italiani (Group of Eight Italian Painters) a show exhibited at the Venice Biennale. The show was arranged by Lionello Venturi. This show is known to have begun the great art movement recognized as Arte Informale.

He later established a fruitful cooperation with composer Luigi Nono, designing scenographies and costumes for the opera Intolleranza 1960. In 1984 he designed a highly original light setting for Nono's opera Prometeo at La Fenice. Nono dedicated to Vedova his first work for magnetic tape Omaggio a Vedova (1960).

Vedova had a number of gallery and museum exhibitions, at places like the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.[3] His work has proven to be very successful in auctions.

Vedova spent most of his life in Venice, where he taught at the Accademia di Belle Arti.


Vedova's offerings to art, were acknowledged through awards and solo shows.

  • In 1956 he won a Guggenheim International award.


  1. ^ a b Masters, Christopher (27 November 2006). Guardian "Emilio Vedova Obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  2. ^ [s.n.] (20 November 2006). Emilio Vedova (obituary). The Telegraph. Accessed July 2013.
  3. ^ Alain Chivilò (2008). Vedova Emilio. eugeniodavenezia.eu. Accessed July 2013.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 06:18:45 -0700

To mark the beginning of the collaboration between Thaddeus Ropac and the Fondazione Vedova, the gallery is to host a joint exhibition of works by Emilio Vedova and new paintings by Georg Baselitz. The artists were long-term friends and valued each ...

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Mon, 04 May 2015 08:22:30 -0700

Bella, in questo contesto piuttosto vago a livello strategico, l'intuizione di dedicare le due nuove mostre della Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova a opere che furono realizzate per l'Expo' del 67, quando Emilio Vedova e Alexander Calder lavorarono ...


Wed, 06 May 2015 17:00:00 -0700

... Emilio Vedova fu chiamato a progettare dal Ministero degli Esteri, per un'area del Padiglione Italia dell'Expo del 1967. Dal titolo Percorso/Plurimo/Luce, l'opera era caratterizzata da una struttura a vela su cui venivano proiettate lastrine di ...
Tue, 19 May 2015 05:33:45 -0700

Pour marquer le début de la collaboration entre Thaddeus Ropac et la Fondation Vedova, la galerie présentera une exposition conjointe des œuvres d'Emilio Vedova et des nouvelles peintures de Georg Baselitz. Les deux artistes étaient des amis de longue ...

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Wed, 13 May 2015 05:49:32 -0700

... non penso che molti sappiano esattamente dov'è Lissone ma leggendo la lista dei premiati balzano subito agli occhi alcuno nomi di primissimo livello internazionale Karel Appel, Antoni Tàpies, Valerio Adami, Piero Dorazio, Mario Schifano, Emilio ...


Wed, 13 May 2015 06:28:19 -0700

Art Basel has announced the 74 artists who will contribute to its large-scale show, “Unlimited,” which runs in tandem to the fair and features large works that would not be able to fit in traditional gallery areas. Works by Kader Attia, David Shrigley ...
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Wed, 13 May 2015 04:48:45 -0700

Italian artist Emilio Vedova's …in continuum (1987-88), consisting of 109 Expressionist paintings, will be shown as a whole for the first time in public and Kenneth Anger's psychedelic film Inaugaration of the Pleasure Dome (1954-2014) will be ...


Fri, 15 May 2015 08:56:15 -0700

Never shown publically before as a whole, Emilio Vedova's '...in continuum' (1987-88), presented by Galleria dello Scudo (Verona), is a group of 109 works on canvas of various sizes placed to invade the architectural space. Peter Freeman, Inc. (New ...

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