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. In 1976 LeWitt carried out a series of wall drawings (Wall Drawing 288 and Wall Drawing 301) in the Torre. Drawing 288 is an extraordinary group of playful and inventive ‘location drawings’ in which he uses written instructions to describe geometric constructions on the wall.
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.
2016 Torre Projects
Valerio Rocco Orland from Milan, Italy, will be our first artist in residence in the Torre Bonomo this summer. He will be followed by Joschi Herczeg and Rye Holmboe who will explore a collaborative writing and photography project relating to the artworks in the Torre. More information can be found by clicking below.