Valerio Adami

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Valerio Adami is an Italian painter, educated at the Accademia di Brera in Milan, he has since worked in both London and Paris, greatly influenced by Pop Art.

Adami was born 17 March 1935, in Bologna. At the age of ten, he began to study painting under the instruction of Felice Carena. He was accepted into the Brera Academy in 1951, where he studied as a draughtsman until 1954, in the studio of Achille Funi. In 1955, He went to Paris, where he met by Roberto Matta and Wifredo Lam, who greatly influenced. His first solo exhibition came in 1959 in Milan.

In his early career, Adami's works were expressionistic, but by the time of his second exhibition in 1964, at Kassel, he had developed a style of painting reminiscent of French cloisonnism, featuring regions of flat color bordered by black lines. Unlike Gauguin, however, Adami's subjects were highly stylized and often presented in fragments, as seen in Telescoping Rooms (1965).

In the 1970s, Adami began to address politics in his art, and incorporated subject matter such as modern European history, literature, philosophy, and mythology. In 1971, he and his brother Giancarlo created the film “Vacances dans le désert”. In 1974, he illustrated a Helmut Heissenbuttel poem, Occasional Poem No. 27, Ten Lessons on the Reich with ten original lithographs (Gallerie Maeght). In 1975, the philosopher Jacques Derrida devoted a long essay, “+R: Into the Bargain”, to Adami's work, using an exhibition of Adami's drawings as a pretext to discuss the function of “the letter and the proper name in painting”, with reference to “narration, technical reproduction, ideology, the phoneme, the biographeme, and politics”.

Between 1985 and 1998, there were four retrospective exhibits of Adami's work, which were held in Paris, the Centre Julio-Gonzalez de Valence (Spain), Tel Aviv, and Buenos Aires. In 2010, the Boca Raton Museum of Art devoted a special exhibit to Adami's paintings and drawings.

Adami's paintings and drawings in pubblic collections


Musée National d’art Moderne/ Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

I gilè di Lenin, 1972

Acrylic on canvas, cm 243 x 365


Thorvaldesen, 1980

Pencil on dyed paper, cm 198 x 147


L’été en Suisse, 17.7.1985

Pencil on dyed paper, cm 198 x 147


Interno con bidé, 1967

Pencil on paper, cm 32,5 x 43,8


Ciparissa, 1983

Pencil on paper, cm 48 x 36


Entre père fifre, 1983

Pencil on paper, cm 48 x 36


Collecton de l’état Français, Paris


Interieur colonial, 1967

Acrylic on canvas, cm 190 x 135


Valmy, 1989

Acrylic on canvas, cm 194 x 263


Portrait de Pierre Boulez, 1988

Acrylic on canvas, cm 152 x 114


Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris


Figura che scende da una sedia in un interno di caffetteria, 1969

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Musée d’Art Moderne de Grenoble


Note su un ritratto militare, 1972

Acrylic on canvas, cm 130 x 97


Musée Cantini d’art Moderne de Marseille


La camera rouge, 1974

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (Montecarlo)


La Domenica di Amburgo, 1971

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Der fliegende Hollander ( I act), 2003

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Der fliegende Hollander (I act, II scene), 2003

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Der fliegende Hollander (II act), 2003

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Der fliegende Hollander (III act), 2003

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Fondation Maeght, Saint paul de Vence


Bedroom scene/Appartamento sulla terza strada, 1969

Acrylic on canvas, cm 243 x 365


Sigmund Freud in viaggio Londra, 1973

Acrylic on canvas cm 130 x 97


Musée Picasso, Antibes


Picasso et la femme néoclassique, 1987

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Musée d’Art Moderne, saint - Etienne


Ritratto d Anton von Webern, 1971

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Museum of Modern Art, Minneapolis


Orfeo e Euridice, 1972

Acrylic on canvas, cm 225 x 365


Mc.Crory Corporation, New York


Exit, 1969

Acrylic on canvas, cm 243 x 180


1915 - 1918, 1970

Acrylic on canvas, cm 130 x 97


Museo de Arte Moderno, Caracas


Interno Pubblico, 1969

Acrylic on canvas, cm 225 x 365


IVAM - Institut Valencià d’art Modern, Centre Julio Gonzàlez, Valencia


Plein Air, 1996

Acrylic on canvas, cm 265 x 540

(each painting of the triptych)


Fondaccion Mirò, Barcellona


Gymnasium, 1974

Acrylic on canvas, cm 280 x 190


Musée Royaux des Beaux Arts, Bruxelles


Il posto n. 5, 1969

Acrylic on canvas, cm 243 x 180


Stanze a cannocchiale, 1965

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198,5 x 300


S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum vor Actuele Kunst, Gent

Hotel Chelsea Bathroom, 1969

Acrylic on canvas, cm 243 x 365


Rotterdam Museum, Rotterdam


Cinema, 1970

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, München


Hotel, figure e termosifone, 1969

Pencil on paper cm 77,7 x 57


Stådtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim


Back Home, 1992

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki


Omaggio a Gallen-Kallela, 2001

Acrylic on canvas, cm 146 x 114


Maija and Urpo Lahtinen Foundation, Villa Urpo, Tampere (Finland)


Shopping-Notturno, 2002

Acrylic on canvas, cm 146 x 65


Museum of Art, Tel Aviv


La vallée de Jerusalem. Tombeau d’Absalon, 1992

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Frissiras Museum, Athens


Il Satiro, 1995

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147



Folk dance - Si balla all’est la libertà, 1994

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias, Oviedo


Blu notte, 2004

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Museo d’Arte Moderna, Roma


Alice nel paese della violenza, 1963

Acrylic on canvas, cm 195 x 130


Museo di arte Moderna Palazzo Reale, Milano


Privacy, 1996

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Galleria d’arte Moderna, Bergamo


Temple & sanctuaries - Ueno (Tokyo), 1994

Acrylic on canvas, cm 92 x 73


Museo d’Arte Moderna, Lissone

Camel, 1967

Acrylic on canvas, cm 194 x 124

Adami's paintings and drawings in pubblic collections


Musée National d’art Moderne/ Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris


I gilè di Lenin, 1972

Acrylic on canvas, cm 243 x 365


Thorvaldesen, 1980

Pencil on dyed paper, cm 198 x 147


L’été en Suisse, 17.7.1985

Pencil on dyed paper, cm 198 x 147


Interno con bidé, 1967

Pencil on paper, cm 32,5 x 43,8


Ciparissa, 1983

Pencil on paper, cm 48 x 36


Entre père fifre, 1983

Pencil on paper, cm 48 x 36


Collecton de l’état Français, Paris


Interieur colonial, 1967

Acrylic on canvas, cm 190 x 135


Valmy, 1989

Acrylic on canvas, cm 194 x 263


Portrait de Pierre Boulez, 1988

Acrylic on canvas, cm 152 x 114


Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris


Figura che scende da una sedia in un interno di caffetteria, 1969

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Musée d’Art Moderne de Grenoble


Note su un ritratto militare, 1972

Acrylic on canvas, cm 130 x 97


Musée Cantini d’art Moderne de Marseille


La camera rouge, 1974

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Nouveau Musée National de Monaco (Montecarlo)


La Domenica di Amburgo, 1971

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Der fliegende Hollander ( I act), 2003

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Der fliegende Hollander (I act, II scene), 2003

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Der fliegende Hollander (II act), 2003

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Der fliegende Hollander (III act), 2003

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Fondation Maeght, Saint paul de Vence


Bedroom scene/Appartamento sulla terza strada, 1969

Acrylic on canvas, cm 243 x 365


Sigmund Freud in viaggio Londra, 1973

Acrylic on canvas cm 130 x 97


Musée Picasso, Antibes


Picasso et la femme néoclassique, 1987

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Musée d’Art Moderne, saint - Etienne


Ritratto d Anton von Webern, 1971

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Museum of Modern Art, Minneapolis


Orfeo e Euridice, 1972

Acrylic on canvas, cm 225 x 365


Mc.Crory Corporation, New York

Exit, 1969

Acrylic on canvas, cm 243 x 180


1915 - 1918, 1970

Acrylic on canvas, cm 130 x 97


Museo de Arte Moderno, Caracas


Interno Pubblico, 1969

Acrylic on canvas, cm 225 x 365


IVAM - Institut Valencià d’art Modern, Centre Julio Gonzàlez, Valencia


Plein Air, 1996

Acrylic on canvas, cm 265 x 540

(each painting of the triptych)


Fondaccion Mirò, Barcellona

Gymnasium, 1974

Acrylic on canvas, cm 280 x 190


Musée Royaux des Beaux Arts, Bruxelles


Il posto n. 5, 1969

Acrylic on canvas, cm 243 x 180


Stanze a cannocchiale, 1965

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198,5 x 300


S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum vor Actuele Kunst, Gent


Hotel Chelsea Bathroom, 1969

Acrylic on canvas, cm 243 x 365


Rotterdam Museum, Rotterdam


Cinema, 1970

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, München


Hotel, figure e termosifone, 1969

Pencil on paper cm 77,7 x 57


Stådtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim


Back Home, 1992

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki


Omaggio a Gallen-Kallela, 2001

Acrylic on canvas, cm 146 x 114


Maija and Urpo Lahtinen Foundation, Villa Urpo, Tampere (Finland)


Shopping-Notturno, 2002

Acrylic on canvas, cm 146 x 65


Museum of Art, Tel Aviv


La vallée de Jerusalem. Tombeau d’Absalon, 1992

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Frissiras Museum, Athens


Il Satiro, 1995

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Folk dance - Si balla all’est la libertà, 1994

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Museo de Bellas Artes de Asturias, Oviedo

Blu notte, 2004

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Museo d’Arte Moderna, Roma


Alice nel paese della violenza, 1963

Acrylic on canvas, cm 195 x 130


Museo di arte Moderna Palazzo Reale, Milano


Privacy, 1996

Acrylic on canvas, cm 198 x 147


Galleria d’arte Moderna, Bergamo


Temple & sanctuaries - Ueno (Tokyo), 1994

Acrylic on canvas, cm 92 x 73


Museo d’Arte Moderna, Lissone


Camel, 1967

Acrylic on canvas, cm 194 x 124

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