17-20 NOVEMBER 2022

ROMA ARTE IN NUVOLA ’22

An installation by Manfredi Beninati will be on view at Fucsas’ La Nuvola Convention Center in the EUR district, Rome, from November 17th to the 22nd.

26 JULY 2022

MOONBIRD @ TRIENNALE, MILAN

Manfredi Beninati is featured in the lead role alongside actress and performer Silvia Calderoni in the film Moonbird by fellow artist Rä Di Martino with music by Mauro Remiddi. Next screening after the Mattatoio in Rome will be held at Triennale Milan on July 26th.

14 MAY 2022

ARCOLOGY. SOLERI’S UTOPIAN ARCHITECTURE

On saturday 14 may 2022 Manfredi Beninati and prof. Antonietta Iolanda Lima will hold a seminar on Paolo Soleri’s idea of eco-friendly and sustainable architecture known as Arcology.
Professor Lima is the author of a large number of publications on the subject such as “Soleri: Architecture as Human Ecology” (The Monacelli Press, 2003) and is regarded as Soleri’s prime biographer.

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MAY 2022

PORTRAITS OF THE ARTISTS: Cezanne

A new artist book by Beninati titled “Portraits of the Artists: Cezanne” is now available in a limited edition of 36 copies …

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8 MARCH 2021

VOGUE ITALIA’S WHITE COVER TURNED INTO ART PROJECT

The initiative of an independent curator is celebrated in the publication’s March issue, which is dedicated to creativity.

Vogue Italia April 2020 issue’s standout white cover was turned into an art project, to be celebrated in this month’s edition of the glossy magazine. At the time, the totally white…

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26 JANUARY 2020

TAROT CARDS DECK

LIMITED EDITION

A limited edition deck of 70+ tarot cards (tarocchi) designed by Beninati over the years will be out soon. For a preview and for more infos, please don’t hesitate to contact us by writing a message here.

30 August – 27 October, 2019

“CASA COME ME”, FESTIVAL DEL PAESAGGIO 2019

GROUP SHOW
Villa Lysis, Capri

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9 June 2019

“PRESENTIMENTI”

BOOK PRESENTATION @ MARINA DI LIBRI, ORTO BOTANICO DI PALERMO
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13 September – 14 December 2018

SE QUESTO È UN SABATO / IF THIS IS A SUNDAY

SOLO SHOW @ GALLERIA POGGIALI, MILAN
This new project takes its cue from the second of the two films that the artist shot in an Art Nouveau style apartment in Palermo during the summer. The project room in Foro Buonaparte 52 will host a new work intrinsically linked to all Beninati’s previous production. It consists of a non-accessible installation visible from the street as well as from inside the gallery.

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6 June – 11 August 2018

“L’EPOS” – INSTALLATION

SOLO SHOW. INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION AND LIVE PERFORMANCE WITH MAZIAR FIROUZI

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25 May 2018

L’EPOS – A film by Manfredi Beninati

FILM SCREENING @ ASSOCIAZIONE FLAVIO BENINATI, PALERMO

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December 2017

SOUNDING ARCHITECURE MANIFESTO

PRESENTATION @ SHENZEN BIENNALE
Sounding Architecture Manifest initiated by dehowprojects with and for arc-gestaltung. Sounding Architecture critically examines the ­liminal space where art, architecture and music might overlap. Research in this case takes the form of bold new initiatives in cross-disciplinary collaborations, as historically, sound and architectural principles are discretized, rarely considered as contingent overlapping parameters in each field, though, in truth, they are. Anyone who has heard a piece of music in a space can learn to be sensitive to the fact that the architecture is a ­contributing factor to the ­resonance and, ­therefore, the music enfolding in a space. With the realization that architecture is ostensibly an instrument in all sonic ­conditions, architecture can then be factored into the musical composition.

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22 September 2017

Mozzarella in carrozza. Ricette d’artista

L’Associazione Flavio Beninati è lieta di annunciare che venerdì 22 settembre, alle ore 18:30, avrà luogo, presso la propria sede di via Quintino Sella 35, Palermo, la presentazione del libro “Mozzarella in carrozza. Ricette d’artista” a cura di Silvia Macchetto.
Un libro che, in memoria dell’ironico quanto realistico titolo scelto da Gino De Dominicis per una sua opera – una vera e propria mozzarella fresca posta in una carrozza ottocentesca – si presenta con un approccio non compilativo ma poetico.

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27 May – 29 July 2017

MANFREDI BENINATI. PAINTINGS

SOLO SHOW

@ Galleria Poggiali Florence.
Questa mostra rivendica la centralità della pittura quale pratica imprescindibile del fare arte; a tale proposito lo stesso Manfredi Beninati dice: “La pittura è e rimane l’arte. L’arte è pittura”; per due mesi si potrà ammirare una quindicina di olii su tela e un gruppo di disegni su carta dedicati al tema della memoria e del trascorrere del tempo.
La pittura, per Manfredi Beninati; in collezione permanente – tra gli altri – al MAXXI di Roma, Logan negli Stati Uniti, Lodevans in Gran Bretagna, alla UBS Art Collection in Svizzera, Zabludowiczvski in USA e UK, e presentata, solo per citare alcuni episodi, alla Biennale di Venezia del 2005 (Premio del Pubblico per il Padiglione Italiano) e del 2009, Hammer Museum di Los Angeles nel 2011 ed al Parrish Museum di Southampton; rappresenta il mezzo di elezione della propria poetica quale esito, di frequente, di istallazioni ambientali esposte in occasione delle più importanti biennali: Venezia, Liverpool, Mardin, Shangai e Salonicco.

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7 – 9 June 2017

“FRAGMENTS FROM NOWHERLAND”

GROUP SHOW @ KUNSTHOCHSCHULE, KASSEL, GERMANY
The exhibition brings together 20 small to tiny artworks being presented inside a mobile exhibition vitrine. Artists: with works of: Marcel Broodthaers and Tjorg Douglas Beer, Letizia Battaglia, Manfredi Beninati, Angela Bulloch, Jonas Burgert, Olimpia Cavriani, Jimmy Durham, Lionel Estève, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Guenther Foerg, Ernest Mancoba, Olaf Metzel, Yoko Ono, Maria Papadimitriou, Bernhard Prinz, Henning Rogge, Thomas Schuette, Luca Vitone, Franz Erhard Walther

10 December 2016 – 6 March 2017

Manfredi Beninati at Museo Civico di Castelbuono

SOLO SHOW @ MUSEO CIVICO, CASTELBUONO. CURATED BY L. BARRECA AND V. BRUSCHI
The exhibition presents a selection of drawings, paintings and collages made with different techniques and materials, where the artist references memories and personal history, interweaving these with an original cinematographic narrative angle, together with literary and artistic interests.

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22 September 2016

BOOK RELEASE: “MANFREDI BENINATI”

Texts by Sergio Risaliti
Carlo Cambi Editore
168 pages
ISBN: 978-88-6403-242-9

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24 November 2016 – > ongoing

“TEMPO & DENARO NEL CERCHIO DELL’ARTE”

VIRTUAL REALITY SHOW @ CENTRO TREVI, BOZEN

 

11 November 2016

THE MILKY WAY #3

FUNDRAISING EXHIBITION AND AUCTION @ GIÒ MARCONI, MILAN

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8 November – 1 December 2016

ANNI ZERO. 2016

GROUP SHOW @ TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, ROME

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22 October – December 2016

“MANFREDI BENINATI. SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 2039”

SOLO SHOW

@ Galleria Poggiali Florence.
The corpus of the works on show is the result of collaboration between the artist and the gallery that produced them, assisting Beninati at all stages, from the creation of the works through to the realisation.
The title of the exhibition is the expression of an imaginary date, an impossible combination according to the Gregorian calendar of day and date. Beninati is making reference to a formulation made in 1968 by the physicist Gabriele Veneziano, considered the father of “string theory” or the “theory of everything”, which posits the existence of parallel worlds extending in different dimensions. This realm of imagination, connected with the passage of time in a spatial dimension, is reflected in the works of the artist where time and space are combined with the power of imagination to create worlds that change depending on who is looking at them.

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13 October – 6 November 2016

“LA TORRE DI BABELE”

GROUP SHOW @ PECCI MUSEUM, PRATO

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25 June – 25 July 2016

MANFREDI BENINATI

SOLO SHOW @ GALLERIA POGGIALI E FORCONI, PIETRASANTA, ITALY

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29 April – 2 October 2016

“Dall’oggi al domani. 24 ore nell’arte contemporanea”

GROUP SHOW @ MACRO MUSEUM, ROME
Manfredi Beninati will participate in Dall’oggi al domani. 24 ore nell’arte contemporanea show at MACRO in Rome with a site-specific installation titled “I never understood what time expansion means. Did you? Perhaps it means thinking” His letter began like this.

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10 – 14 March 2016

CONTEMPORARY CURATED

GROUP SHOW @ SOTHEBY’S, LONDON, UK

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2 March – 2 April 2016

IMAGINE

GROUP SHOW

@ Brand New Gallery, Milan.
Featuring more than 60 artists the show aims to explore and present the new figurative trend in contemporary art. The word “Imagine” has a double meaning: it’s an invite to dream, to create and to think and it also refers to the possibility of concreteness.
“Imagine” investigates the artist’s gesture, the use of the media and how images have been created by ones imagination or from the observation of reality. Similar to the song “Imagine”, the artists involved are heterogeneous in regard to age, media and country of origin. From portraits and still lifes to landscapes, each artist offers their own unique style of capturing an image. The installation will resemble a “Wunderkammer” where visitors come into direct contact with the creative process of art.

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13 February 2016

“L’OPERA DI MANFREDI BENINATI. Artista per scommessa”

BOOK RELEASE

Texts and design by Roberto D’Angelo
110 pages

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January 2016

“MARCHIONNE” FOR ARBITER

COVER OF ARBITER MAGAZINE JANUARY 2016 ISSUE – COMMISSIONED

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19 December 2015 – 20 March 2016

LOGO. Beninati. Cucchi. Saccardi

THREE-PERSON SHOW @ GALLERIA POGGIALI E FORCONI, FLORENCE

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27 October 2015

I MARTEDÌ CRITICI

PUBLIC TALK @ MACRO MUSEUM, ROME
Manfredi Beninati will be interviewed by Alberto Dambruoso along with Lorenzo Canova e Sara De Chiara on the 27th of October at MACRO, Museo di Arte Contemporanea di Roma, for this season’s fifth appointment of I Martedì Critici.
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1 June 2015

“MENTRE IL LEOPARDO SBRANA L’OKAPI”

BOOK RELEASE

Curated and designed by Manfredi Beninati
90 pages

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28 May – 15 July 2015

“Mentre il leopardo sbrana l’Okapi”

EXHIBITION @ ASSOCIAZIONE FLAVIO BENINATI, PALERMO
A rare opportunity to view documents from the old Mental Hospital of Palermo. A large selection of diaries, letters, drawings, paintings, photographs, etc.. of and by the “guests” of the institution in the 1960s on view in an exhibition curated by Manfredi Beninati. A unique, striking 20mins long 16mm footage shot within the Hospital’s walls will be screened during the opening hours. (CATALOG AVAILABLE)

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13 November 2014 – 20 January 2015

MANFREDI BENINATI – HONG KONG

SOLO SHOW @ JOYCE, LEE GARDEN, HONG KONG
Joyce has curated four exhibitions to welcome this year’s festive season. The diverse art pieces range from paintings to drawings to sculptures. They set a distinctive atmosphere in each of our four locations. These artists are Shantell Martin from London, Manfredi Beninati from Palermo, Rome and Los Angeles, John Luke from Boston and Francoise Petrovitch from Paris. Each of these artists also created a one of a kind wrapping paper, which is based on their own artworks and aesthetics, only for the Joyce customers. Christmas shopping has never been so cultural and artistic.

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September 2014

INTE ETT ORD (JAG ÄR NAKEN)

BOOK COVER
Beninati’s 2013 installation “Il sei novembre del duemilatrentanove” on the cover of Finnish-Swedish poet Agneta Enckell’s new book “inte ett ord (jar är naken)” (Schildts & Söderströms, ISBN 9789515234506,  Atlantis, ISBN 9789173537292. Helsinki 2014)

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11 January – 11 March 2014

NATURE IS A THEATRE

SITE-SPECIFIC INSTALLATION @ HAIDIAN MINIATURE MUSEUM, BEIJING, CHINA
The Miniature Museum is a free-standing concrete structure, attached to the larger performance hall and art center in Haidian district in Beijing. It is a project made by the architect Thomas Tsang to give a rich spatial experience and to show various scale and media art installation works. Manfredi Beninati has been invited to make an installation by theArtists Residency Programme at the Museum.

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October 2013

THIS IS NOW. A geographical guide to cutting-edge contemporary art

BOOK RELEASE
Giorgio Guglielmino has selected 50 cutting-edge contemporary artists to make the point of today’s art world explained through the analysis of a single work for each of them.

Author: Giorgio Guglielmino
Publisher: Umberto Allemandi & C.
ISBN 978-88-422-2265-1

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3 February – 1st April 2013

Il Sei Novembre Del Duemilatrentanove / The Sixth of November Two Thousand Thirty Nine

SOLO SHOW @ GALLERIA LORCAN O’NEILL, ROME
The past few years have seen Beninati concentrating on installations at large biennale exhibitions in Italy, China, Turkey, Eastern Europe. Between these commitments, he has been working on a new body of work in his studio in Palermo, paintings which show the artist entering a new pictorial phase in his career. They will be exhibited for the first time in Rome.

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1 October 2012 – 31 March 2013

REACTIVATION – SHANGHAI BIENNALE

GROUP SHOW @ SHANGHAI BIENNALE’S POWER STATION OF ART, SHANGHAI, CHINA

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21 September – 21 October 2012

MARDIN BIENALI: DOUBLE TAKE

GROUP SHOW @ MARDIN BIENNIAL, MARDIN, TURKEY
To site-specific installations …

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11 March 2012

PRESENTATION AT CIVITELLA

PUBLIC TALK @ CIVITELLA RANIERI, UMBERTIDE (PG), ITALY

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18 September – 18 December 2011

THESSALONIKI BIENNALE 3

GROUP SHOW @ CASA BIANCA, THESSALONIKI
Manfredi Beninati has been commissioned a site-specific installation for the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale, in Greece.

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3 May – 30 June 2011

All Good Things Come To Those Who Wait… (So They Say)

SPECIAL PROJECT – SITE-SPECIFIC INSTALLATION @ CURA, ROME
Manfredi Beninati has been commissioned a site-specific installation reforming the size and perception of cura.’ space.

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20 April – 21 May 2011

WHEN IN ROME. Thirty works of art between now and then

IIC, Hammer Museum and LaxArt, Los Angeles, CA
Curated by Luca Lo Pinto in collaboration with Valerio Mannucci

Artists: Elisabetta Benassi – Manfredi Beninati – Alighiero Boetti – Carola Bonfili – Gino De Dominicis – Stanislao di Giugno – Rä di Martino – Francesco Lo Savio – Emiliano Maggi – Michele Manfellotto – Fabio Mauri – Matteo Nasini – Caterina Nelli – Luigi Ontani – Nicola Pecoraro – Alessandro Piangiamore – Cesare Pietroiusti – Giuseppe Pietroniro – Emilio Prini – Marco Raparelli – Pietro Ruffo – Andrea Salvino – Corrado Sassi – Valentino Diego

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26 November – 22 December 2010

DICEMBRE 2039

SOLO SHOW @ MAX WIGRAM GALLERY, LONDON, UK
Private View 25 November, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Manfredi Beninati creates lands of fantasy reinventing rarefied, dreamlike experiences, exposing fragments of inner worlds, and exploring ideas of journey, memory, the struggles of life and the securities of childhood.
In Dicembre 2039, his most personal work to date, five large-scale drawings hauntingly portray members of Manfredi’s family; his mother, girlfriend, son, father and brother Flavio who has since tragically died. Each large-scale black and white drawing illuminates Beninati’s intimate perspective on the person’s life, whilst an accompanying sculpture evolves an element in the work – a chair, a tree, animals, a pastoral scene… Begun in 2003 as a long-term private project, the intricately detailed works draw inspiration from the family photo album and Beninati’s memories and experiences to reveal the subjects’ inner worlds and lives.

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For further information, interviews and images please contact Janette Scott on janettescottartspr@gmail.com or 07966 486156, press@maxwigram.com or call Max Wigram Gallery on 44 (0)20 7495 4960. (www.maxwigram.com)

27 February – 30 May 2010

MEMENTO

GROUP SHOW @ LA GIARINA, VERONA

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22 September – 28 November 2009

OBSESSION

GROUP SHOW @ BURTON GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
Beninati’s work will be included a group show at University of Leeds’ Burton Gallery, the coming September. All the works exhibited come from the London-based Lodeveans Collection.

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26 June – 30 August 2009

THE TREE

GROUP SHOW @ JAMES COHAN GALLERY, SHANGHAI
James Cohan Gallery Shanghai is pleased to present its summer group exhibition The Tree, opening on June 26th and continuing through August 30th, 2009. This exhibition brings together over 30 international artists who explore the subject of trees in various aspects. The exhibition is also inspired by the city of Shanghai with its many tree-lined streets and lanes and its wonderful history with the Plane tree first planted by the British and French in the 1840s. These trees are one of the outstanding features of this remarkable city and are symbolic of Shanghai’s colonial and post-colonial history. They provide shade and shadow, a dramatic and ever-lasting sense of seasonal change amidst a city in constant flux.

The Tree offers both whimsical as well as poetic perspectives by such artists as Francesco Clemente, whose extraordinary watercolor depicts human forms as boughs and branches within a tree that could, at any moment, become a cloud. Or in the work by Philip Taaffe, from his Composite Nature series, where the underlying patterns and structures of the natural world have been central to his work during the exhibitions decade. More atmospheric views are found in April Gornik’s charcoal drawing, a darkened meadow of trees, and in the paintings by Yuko Murata and Joan Nelson, whose works take us on a journey to serene and melancholic forests. (…)

ARTISTS: Jessica Backhaus, Manfredi Beninati, Chen Jie, Francesco Clemente, Lorenzo de Los Angeles, Carroll Dunham, David Dupuis, André Ethier, Alicia Framis, Lynn Geesaman, April Gornik, Guo Hongwei, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Yun-Fei Ji, Shi Jing, Shi Jinsong, Amy Kao, Yayoi Kusama, Myoung Ho Lee, Yan Lei, Michael Lin, Frank Majore, Keith Mayerson, Yuko Murata, Joan Nelson, Robyn O’Neil, Bill Owens, Roxy Paine, Hiraki Sawa, Ward Shelly, Mark Steinmetz, Philip Taaffe, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Yuken Teruya, Sun Xun.

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15 June – 4 October 2009

HEAVEN. ATHENS BIENNALE

SITE-SPECIFIC PUBLIC WORK @ ATHENS BIENNALE’S MAIN SITE
Beninati has been commissioned a public installation by the Athens Biennale. His “Triangles in squares made out of circles” will be part of the “Heaven” show opening in Athens on June 15th.

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7 June – 22 November 2009

53. VENICE BIENNALE

GROUP SHOW @ ITALIAN PAVILLION, ARSENALE, VENICE

Manfredi Beninati has been selected to represent Italy at the national pavilion along with other artists. For the occasion Beninati will be showing one of two frescoes he has purposly made to celebrate the 100th anniversary the Italian Futurism.

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May – October 2009

ROOT FOR TREES

SOCIAL CAMPAIGN @ CHELSEA NEIGHBORHOOD, NEW YORK
Root for Trees intends to increase tree planting within the city through continued partnerships with businesses, individual residents, and community groups. The annual target of this initiative is to plant an additional 16,000 trees. Celebrate trees at our special events and participate in our tree planting initiatives.

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14 May – 26 July 2009

NO MORE THAN A POINT OF VIEW – 4th PRAGUE BIENNALE

GROUP SHOW
Beninati will participate in the 4th Prague Biennale that will open the coming May in Prague, Czech Republic.

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1 May 2009

COVER FOR CURA.

SPECIAL PROJECT
Cover design for Italian art magazine Cura.

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10 January – 10 February 2009

REARRANGING THE LANDSCAPES AROUND

SOLO SHOW @ TOMIO KOYAMA GALLERY, TOKYO

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20 September – 30 November 2008

LIVERPOOL BIENNIAL

GROUP SHOW
Beninati will participate in the upcoming Liverpool Biennial with a site-specific installation.
Celebrating 10 years of commissioning ambitious and challenging new work by leading international artists, the fifth edition of Liverpool Biennial’s International exhibition was an exploration of the power of the artistic imagination.
MADE UP sees imagination as the dynamo of art. At the heart of this exhibition’s broad ranging exploration of ‘making things up’ (which includes utopias and dystopias, narrative fiction, fantasy, myths, lies, prophesies, subversion and spectacle) was the emotional charge which powers the artistic imagination.

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29 June – 14 September 2008

SAND: MEMORY, MEANING AND METAPHOR

GROUP SHOW @ PARRISH ART MUSEUM, NY
Beninati will participate in a upcoming group show at Parrish Museum in Southampton, NY, titled ‘Sand: Memory, Meaning, and Metaphor’. For the occasion Beninati has been commission a life-size, site-specific installation.

Artists: Manfredi Beninati, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Gino Severini, Mariko Mori, Gabriel Orozco, Spencer Tunick, Pablo Picasso, Ed Ruscha, Jasper Jones, Alex Katz, Costantino Nivola, Jackson Pommock, Joseph Cornell, Man Ray, Agathe Snow, Eric Wesley, Ana Mendieta, Alfonso Ossorio, Roy Lichtenstein, Ernesto Neto, …

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19 June – 14 September 2008

15. QUADRIENNALE DI ROMA

GROUP SHOW @ PALAZZO DELLE ESPOSIZIONI, ROME
Beninati’s installation will participate in the forthcoming 15th Quadrennale at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in via Nazionale, Rome. For the event Beninati has been commissioned a life-size installation titled “Composition: hypotesis #1: trace the trajectory of the orbit of the sun around the earth through the realignment of all points on the ellipse of the earth around the sun” (Svolgimento: ipotesi 1: tracciare la traiettoria dell’orbita del sole attorno alla terra attraverso il riallineamento di tutti i punti della ellisse della terra attorno al sole).

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19 March 2008

OPERA MAGAZINE COVER

STAATSOPER HAMBURG PUBLICATION
Beninati’s installation Fruits from an ocean nearby shown at James Cohan Gallery in 2007, features on the cover of the 2008 Journal of the Hamburg Opera House, Staatsoper Hamburg.

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17 July – 10 August 2007

SUMMER SHOW

GROUP SHOW @ JAMES COHAN GALLERY, NEW YORK
James Cohan Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Manfredi Beninati, Folkert de Jong, Tom Friedman, Anselm Kiefer, Sol Lewitt, Richard Long, Roxy Paine, Paul Pfeiffer, Ugo Rondinone, Hiraki Sawa, Yinka Shonibare, MBE and Erick Swenson. Works include Halleluja, 2007, a new sculpture by Folkert de Jong, Roxy Paine’s Bad Planet, 2005, Paul Pfeiffer’s well known John 3:16, 2000 and Tom Friedman’s memorable pill sculpture Untitled, 1995. www.jamescohan.com

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17 February – 17 March 2007

FLAVIO AND PALERMO

SOLO SHOW @ JAMES COHAN GALLERY, NEW YORK
James Cohan Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition entitled Flavio and Palermo (in the summer) by Italian painter and conceptual artist, Manfredi Beninati on February 17, 2007 and running through March 17. For Beninati’s second solo exhibition in New York, he will include new paintings, sculpture and installation. This body of work is dedicated to the artist’s brother, Flavio.
Beninati is best known for work that addresses the nostalgia for childhood through the lens of memory. Using the visual vernacular of dreams and fairy tales, Beninati’s work isfilled with characters and environments that create a space where the unconscious imagination is rendered visible. His imagery embodies the same slippage between fantasy and reality as can be found in the work of Antonio Ligabue and the writings of Italo Calvino and Lewis Carroll.
In the painting Untitled (Fes-Hagosh), the night sky is bright with what appears to be the acid green and fluorescent pink blaze of the Aurora Borealis. Other mysterious light effects emerge from the ground, revealing a world that is both dreamlike and unsettling. In Untitled (Pirrina), a bathroom has been obscured by flowers, overgrown plants and streamers that transform into psychedelic patterns throughout the composition. While reinforcing Beninati’s fascination with liminal spaces, these new paintings continue to reveal his interest in pushing the psychological and material boundaries of the work.
Beninati will also create an installation similar to his much acclaimed contribution to the Venice Biennale in 2005, in which the viewer peered through a glass door into a room of an abandoned eighteenth-century palazzo. For this exhibition, Beninati plays with the viewer’s sense of perception with an extraordinary simulacrum of a contemporary domestic environment.
Manfredi Beninati was born in 1970 in Palermo, Italy. After studying the Classics, Beninati entered the Faculty of Law at Palermo University. In 1990 he began studying film at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Roma, where he worked as an assistant director until 1994. He then moved to London, where he began painting full-time. His work was recently seen in Rome at Lorcan O’Neill Gallery, and was also included in the 2005 Venice Biennale. Recently awarded the Rome Prize by the American Academy in Rome, Beninati currently lives and works in Palermo.

For further information, please contact Jane Cohan at jane@jamescohan.com or telephone 212-714-9500.

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25 October 2006 – 28 February 2007

C’ERA UNA VOLTA UN RE. LA FIABA NELL’ARTE CONTEMPORANEA

GROUP SHOW @ ARCOS MUSEUM
Beninati will partecipate with a site-specific installation titled “12 minutes of self-inflicted exile”, in a group show curated by for Arcos Museum, Benevento, Italy.
The artists included in the show are: Marina Abramović, Giovanni Albanese, Ghada Amer, Matthew Barney, Manfredi Beninati, Maurizio Cannavacciuolo, Loris Cecchini, Tacita Dean, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Sergio Fermariello, Michael Lin, Mimmo Paladino, Sara Rossi, Gil Marco Shani, Kiki Smith, Johan Thurfjell, Adrian Tranquilli, Kara Walker.

Exhibition catalog by Electa available.

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11 September – 20 October 2006

FIGURING THE LANDSCAPE

GROUP SHOW @ CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERIES, STORRS
Beninati’s work will be featured in a group show exploring the landscape in cantemporary art imagery. The show will open at the University of Connecticut’s art gallery, Storrs, on September 11th.

ARTISTS: Hernan Bas, Manfredi Beninati, Till Gerhard, Julie Heffernan, Loren Holland, Sven Kroner, Neo Rauch, Andrew Sendor and Ena Swansea.

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7 September – 19 November 2006

NEGOTIATING REALITY

GROUP SHOW @ VICTORIA H. MYHREN GALLERY, DENVER
Beninati’s work will be featured in a group show at the University of Denver’s Victoria Myhren Gallery, Denver.

ARTISTS: Brian Alfred, Manfredi Beninati, Rebecca Campbell, George Condo, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Inka Essenhigh, Gajin Fujita, Torben Giehler, Eberhard Havekost, Brad Kahlhamer, Kelly McLane, Paul Noble, Tobias Putrih, Hiraki Sawa, Thomas Scheibitz, Peter Schoolwerth, Kehinde Wiley, Su-En Wong, Zhao Bo.

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February – March 2006

MANFREDI BENINATI

SOLO SHOW @ GALERIA BRAGA MENENDEZ, BUENOS AIRES
Beninati’s first solo show in Buenos Aires, Argentina, will open in February at Galeria Braga Menendez.

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12 June – 6 November 2005

51. VENICE BIENNALE

GIARDINI, VENICE
Beninati along with Lara Favaretto, Loris Cecchini and Carolina Raquel Antich will represent his country at this year’s Venice Biennale. For the occasion Beninati will create a life-size installation.

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6 May – August 2005

MANFREDI BENINATI. RESCUED PICTURES

SOLO SHOW @ GALLERIA LORCAN O’NEILL, ROME
Beninati’s second solo show at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill will open on May 6th. Manfredi Beninati’s work hangs in a delicate balance between sweetness and disconcertion, referring both to children’s toys and to the sculpture of 19th century Italian artist Medardo Rosso.

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29 January – 26 February 2005

MANFREDI BENINATI. NEW PAINTINGS

SOLO SHOW @ JAMES COHAM GALLERY, NYC
James Cohan Gallery is pleased to present the first New York solo exhibition of new paintings by Manfredi Beninati. Beninati’s figurative works, at once saccharine and acidic in color, immerse the viewer in a dream state of innocence with a lurking malevolence. They embrace the same slippage of reality into fantasy as can be found in the writing of Antonio Ligabue and Italo Calvino or the images of Lewis Carroll.

Beninati incorporates images of friends and family in several of the new works, intertwining ‘real life’ with fantasy. The paintings are like unchartered journeys which explore the dark side of a fairy tale. Populated mostly with children and small animals and situated in unnamable landscapes, we are given a glimpse into a nether world. Fluid seamless surfaces create a mental terrain riff with psychological underexhibitionss. Manfredi Beninati was born in Palermo, Sicily in 1970. He resided in London for many years and exhibitionsly lives and works in Campagnano Romano, a suburb of Rome.

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7 May – 12 June 2004

BETWEEN THE LINES

GROUP SHOW @ JAMES COHAM GALLERY, NYC
James Cohan Gallery is pleased to present Between the Lines, a group exhibition featuring recent work by eight contemporary artists. Each of the contemporary works is paired with historical points of reference: a Bill Viola video titled Catherine’s Dream hangs next to Goya’s powerful image The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters ; Rachel Whiteread’s Untitled (Felt floor) is paired with Ralston Crawford’s photographic study of the New York City 3rd Avenue elevated train tracks ; Wim Wenders large format photograph of the Australian outback is installed near Edward Hopper’s haunting graphic image titled Night Shadows. (…)

The following is a list of artists in the exhibition:

Manfredi Beninati – Henry Darger Ingrid Calame – Kurt Schwitters Trenton Doyle Hancock – The Garbage Pail Kids Yun-Fei Ji – George Grosz Beatriz Milhazes – Christian Lacroix Roxy Paine – Edmund Lewandowski Yinka Shonibare – Pierre-François-Eugène Giraud Bill Viola – Francisco José De Goya y Lucientes Wim Wenders – Edward Hopper Rachel Whiteread- Ralston Crawford

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15 November 2003 – 11 January 2004

XIV QUADRIENNALE

GROUP SHOW @ PALAZZO REALE, NAPLES
Manfredi Beninati’s work will be exhibited at Palazzo Reale in Naples, Italy, as part of the 14th Quadriennale di Roma away show.

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30 May – 3 August 2003

MANFREDI BENINATI. PAINTINGS

SOLO SHOW @ GALLERIA LORCAN O’NEILL
Manfredi Beninati’s first ever solo show will open at Galleria Loran O’Neill in Rome on May 30th, 2003. On display a series of new paintings.

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May – October 2003

LE COLLEZIONI

GROUP SHOW @ MAXXI – MUSEO ARTI XXI SECOLO, ROME
Three of Beninati’s works recently acquired by MAXXI, will be on display from May through October 2003 along with a selection of the rest of the museum’s art collection at MAXXI, via Guido Reni, Rome.

ARTISTS: Haluk Akakce, Francis Alys, Micos Baikas, Manfredi Beninati, Elina Brotherus, Giuseppe Caccavale, Gino de Dominicis, William Kentrige, Piero Manzoni, Eva Marisaldi, Mario Merz, Alessandro Pessoli, Cristiano Pintaldi, Michael Raedecker, Thomas Shutte, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Kara Walker,

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30 January – 23 March 2003

DIRTY PICTURES

GROUP SHOW @ THE APPROACH, LONDON
Beninati’s work will be included in a paintings show titled Dirty Pictures at the Approach Gallery in London, UK.

ARTIST IN THE SHOW: Phillip Allen, Mamma Andersson, Nono Bandera, Dirk Bell, Manfredi Beninati, Varda Caivano, Nigel Cooke, Dan Coombs, Stuart Cumberland, Leigh Curtis, Verne Dawson, Kaye Donachie, Dubossarsky & Vinogradov, Geraint Evans, Tanya Fairey, Dee Ferris, Uwe Henneken, Paul Housley, Merlin James, Sergej Jensen, Rezi van Lankveld, Dietmar Lutz, Alan Miller, J P Munro, Paul Noble, Michael Raedecker, Daniel Sinsel, Tim Stoner, Mari Sunna, Neal Tait, Gary Webb & Mark Titchner, Martin Westwood

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