Cortesi Gallery was founded in 2013 in Lugano by collector and art dealer Stefano Cortesi. Alongside his experience as an entrepreneur and manager in the financial sector, Stefano Cortesi has developed a passion for modern and contemporary art, assembling a major collection that has been the starting point of the activity of the gallery. Since the first exhibitions, Arte Italiana 60-90 – with works by Italian artists from the 1960s to the 1990s, ranging between Conceptualism, Arte Povera and the Transavantgarde – and OUT OF THE BLUE – that included artworks by internationally renowned artists of our era – Cortesi Gallery has been proposing a research on the art of the last fifty years. “The idea behind Cortesi Gallery is to build a meeting ground for collectors, scholars, and art lovers, striking a balance between the cultural world and the market” (Mousse Magazine, April/ May 2013).
Supporting Stefano Cortesi in running the gallery are his sons Lorenzo and Andrea Cortesi, who share the same passion for contemporary and modern art and bring their own experiences in this field to the gallery. Andrea Cortesi will be the director of the gallery in London.
Andrea Cortesi comments: “After opening and establishing Cortesi Gallery in Lugano, London is the perfect city for our second exhibition space, being the capital of European Post War to contemporary art and an important cultural centre. Considering the growing interest in Italian and European artists from the 1960s and 1970s – I am thinking of Paolo Scheggi and Agostino Bonalumi, just to mention a couple of them – we are sure that our programme of exhibitions has much to offer to the public and professionals alike wanting to learn more about this period. We are thrilled to have found this exhibition space in the heart of Mayfair, close to many of the major galleries and auction houses.”
Located at 41 & 43 Maddox Street, just off New Bond Street, Cortesi Gallery, London occupies the ground floor of the building. The space is 125 square meters with street-facing windows, which has been renovated by Studio Albera Monti from Milan, who designed the gallery’s lakefront venue in Lugano.
History: after the first exhibitions, Arte Italiana 60-90 (May-July 2013), curated by Michele Robecchi, and OUT OF THE BLUE, curated by Alberto Salvadori, the gallery presented a group of works by Paolo Scheggi in juxtaposition with Lucy Skaer, in a show curated by Eva Fabbris. In September 2014 the gallery presented Great Expectations #1. The sense of the future in the art of ’60s, curated by Marco Meneguzzo. The exhibition aimed to analyse and convey the mood of anticipation about the immediate future experienced by a generation of artists that emerged in this decade. Recently has been inaugurated in Lugano the show Filo rosso – 1960/2015, a solo by the Italian artist Grazia Varisco, curated by Claudio Cerritelli. In 2015 the gallery participated in ArteFiera (Bologna), artgenève (Geneva) and Miart (Milan).
Cortesi Gallery will also participate in the third edition of ART15, London, 21- 23 May 2015