The Torre Bonomo, a medieval tower once used as a residency and exhibition space by the gallerist Marilena Bonomo, is also central to the program. In the early 1970s, LeWitt was the Torre’s first resident: using it as a studio he made a seminal group of wall drawings on the kitchen walls of the tower, which continue to offer a unique insight into his production.
WAVES AND SIRENS Nicolas Jaar’s ‘Network’ curated by Anthony Tremlett in the Torre Bonomo
Our first residents in the Torre this summer are the writers Andrianna Campbell and Annie Godfrey Larmon. They wil develop a new project exploring relationships between art, architecture and poetry in the context of the Festival dei Due Mondi in the 1950s/60s and the Mahler & LeWitt Studios 2017 residency program. Click above for more details.
Valerio Rocco Orland from Milan, Italy, was our first artist in residence in the Torre Bonomo. He was followed by Joschi Herczeg and Rye Holmboe who are exploring a collaborative writing and photography project relating to the Sol LeWitt walls drawings in the Torre. More information can be found by clicking above.
In 1971 Marilena Bonomo opened a gallery in Bari and with her first exhibition set a precedent in Italy for showing cutting edge international artists; the exhibition included Robert Barry, Mel Bochner, Alighiero Boetti, Daniel Buren, Hanne Darboven, Jan Dibbets, Luciano Fabro, Douglas Huebler, Sol LeWitt, Giulio Paoloni, Robert Ryman and Lawrence Weiner.
The gallery remained based in Bari but from 1976, in a medieval tower in the old town of Spoleto, she staged a series of solo exhibitions, often coinciding with the Festival, with Richard Nonas, Sol LeWitt, Giulio Paolini, Richard Tuttle, Jannis Kounellis, Nicola De Maria, Tullio De Gennaro and Osvaldo Licini.
It was Marilena Bonomo and her husband Lorenzo who introduced Sol LeWitt to Spoleto, where he would end up living and working continuously throughout the 80s. The old hermitage they owned on Monteluco, overlooking Spoleto, was a vibrant meeting place for artists.
The Torre is steps away from the Mahler and LeWitt Studios on Via Brignone. Our histories are already intimately connected and we are excited to now open a new chapter, Valentina Bonomo having generously made the spaces available for specific projects with our visiting artists, curators and writers.