Ferruccio Gard Italy, d. 1940




Ferruccio Gard is one of the historicized artists of programmed and kinetic art, which he practices, among the first in Italy, since 1969.


He has participated in seven Venice Biennials (1982, '86, '95, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2017), two Architecture Biennials (2016 and 2021), the 11th Rome Quadrennial ('86), and numerous exhibitions international art on kinetic art including at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Prague (2008), at the GNAM, National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome (2012) and, in 2014, on the Italian kinetic art of the 70s at MACBA, Museum of Contemporary Art of the City of Buenos Aires and at MACLA, Museum of Latin American Contemporary Art in La Plata (Argentina).

From New York, Miami, Beijing, Osaka, Bogotà and Panama City to London, Brussels, Còrdoba and Salzburg, he has held over 170 solo exhibitions around the world. Of exceptional importance is the anthology, curated by Gabriella Belli, which the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia dedicated to him in 2015 at Ca 'Pesaro, the International Gallery of Modern Art, as part of a dialogue between a master of Venetian contemporaneity and the 56th Venice Biennale and set up in the permanent collection, alongside masterpieces by Klimt, Kandinsky, Chagall, Munch, Rodin, Martini, Medardo Rosso, Mirò, Calder, Arp, De Chirico and other famous masters of modern world art.


The art historian Enzo Di Martino called this exhibition on the Gazzettino "a celebration". In 2014 he was included in the "Imago Mundi, Map of the new World Art" project of the Luciano Benetton Collection, curated by Luca Beatrice, exhibiting at the "PRAESTIGIUM ITALIA" exhibition, at the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation in Turin and at the Cini Foundation in Venice.
In 2011 he was among the artists who officially represented Italy at the 54th Venice International Biennale with an invitation to the Italian National Pavilion (Arsenale di Venezia, curator Vittorio Sgarbi).

In 2009, with his exhibition organized by the Italian Cultural Institute, he represented the Region Veneto, designated the Italian Region of the Year, at the Italian Republic Day in New Y ork.
In 2019 he celebrated half a century of painting with exhibitions at the Museo del '900 Boncompagni Ludovisi, in Rome, at the El Chicò Museum in Bogotà and with the official 
entry into the prestigious collection of the Farnesina on Italian Contemporary Art, considered the most important in the world.


Famous critics, poets, writers and artists have written and spoken about Ferrucco Gard, from Giulio Carlo Argan, Gillo Dorfles, Giuseppe Marchiori, Filiberto Menna, Pierre Restany, Achille Bonito Oliva, Luca Massimo Barbero, Renato Barilli, Luca Beatrice, Gabriella Belli, Beatrice Buscaroli, Lorenzo Canova, Luciano Caramel, Claudio Cerritelli, Giorgio Cortenova, Bruno D'Amore, Giovanni Granzotto, Sebastiano Grasso, Gian Ruggero Manzoni, Enzo Di Martino, Toni Toniato, Tommaso Trini, Vittorio Sgarbi and Alberto Veca to Piero Dorazio, Virgilio Guidi, Jorge Amado, Andrea Zanzotto and Paolo Ruffilli.


He is considered a master of color and a leader, also in consideration of the many artists who are inspired by him or who even copy him.
His works can be found in important public and private collections, from the Ca 'Pesaro International Museum of Modern Art in Venice to the Satoru Sato Museum in Japan. 

Of Franco-Provençal origins, he was born in 1940. Since 1973 he has lived and worked in Venice, with a studio on the island of Lido.

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