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Vincenzo Agnetti

Artist | Sempione | From the 1960s to the end of the millennium


Vincenzo Agnetti (1926-1981): the crucial elements: art high school in Brera, the school of the Piccolo Teatro, work in the field of electronic automation, travels and long periods abroad, commuting to and from Milan and New York in the 1970s. In the 1950s, the first writings and time spent with a few friends, including Castellani and Manzoni, with whom he shared aspirations and projects. Starting in 1967, he devoted his time entirely to art and to making his theoretical and critical research visible with writings and works that form an iconic and surprisingly contemporary career.

You weren’t there. When your friend Piero Manzoni died, not quite 30 years of age, you weren’t there, Vincenzo. Nor were you there when they opened the red line of the metro, the one by Franco Albini. When Milan was becoming a capital of design, of contemporary art and finance, you were in Argentina with your family. You lived there for five years, from 1962 to 1967, working on electronic automation of hydroelectric power plants. A technical, absorbing, rational, unemotional job. In those years you were ready to liquidate your past as an artist, the period you decided to call “no art.” No art of the past, of the present, only life, freedom, horseback riding by the ocean, boundless horizons.…