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    Franco Vaccari

    Modena • 1936
    Franco Vaccari © Franco Vaccari
    Franco Vaccari was educated in the sciences, and took a degree in Physics. His art debut was as a visual poet. His subsequent evolution can be gauged by looking at the title of one of his books, from 1966 – Le tracce (Tracks) – and the use he makes in that book of photography, to present graffiti as anonymous found poetry. The theme of the track and the photographic medium are two constants found throughout his work. From the outset, Vaccari does not use photography to produce mimetic, analogical images, but as the imprint of a presence, a signal, a physical trace or track of a being-there: a track that gets its meaning from the existential, often opaque relationship that joins it to what caused it. In this sense, his project for the Venice Biennial of 1972 is emblematic, with the “Exhibition in Real Time no. 4 – Leave a Photographic Trace of Your Passing”. The position of his artwork is tangential to several areas, but what perhaps best expresses its meaning is the term "conceptual realism".
    He is recognized as the inventor of the concept of "real time exhibition", which he has explored in both theoretical and operative ways. Vaccari has also accompanied his artistic activity with theoretical reflections, and has published, among other works: Duchamp e l'occultamento del lavoro – 1978, Fotografia e inconscio tecnologico – 1979, the latter considered "the most important Italian contribution to the present debate on photography" (A. Colombo, "Panorama", 24 October 1983), and Duchamp messo a nudo – dai ready-made alla finanza creativa – 2010. To date he has produced 45 "exhibitions in real time", about fifteen videos presented in 2003 at the Locarno Film Festival, and 25 "artist’s books".
    Besides the event in 1972, he has shown at the Venice Biennial in 1980 and 1993, always in solo spaces. In 2010 he was invited to participate at the Gwangju Biennial in Korea, considered the most important Biennial in the Far East.
    He was a professor at Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Strasburg and, from 2004, at the Milan Polytechnic. In 1977 he began to collaborate with Studio Marconi, where he exposed in 1979 and in 1984. In 1984, the Wien Museum Moderner Kunst dedicated him an anthological exhibition. In 1999 he joined his participation at the Minimalia show at PS1 in New York. In 2003 he was invited as a special guest at the Festival del Cinema of Locarno, because of his video works. In 2007 Spazio Oberdan in Milan dedicated him the retrospective: Franco Vaccari, Col Tempo.
    In 2010 he participated at Biennale of Gwanju (Korea) with a personal stand at the art exposition Strange Comfort at Kunsthalle Basel, and had a personal exhibition at the Galleria Emilio Mazzoli in Modena and at the Galleria Michela Rizzo in Venice. In 2014 the Fondazione Morra Greco displays at the public the first solo-show of the artist in Naples.
    He also gave a course at Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg and, since 2004, at the Architecture Faculty of the Politecnico in Milan.

    Lives and works in Modena.

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    SOLO EXHIBITIONS - Selection



    Franco Vaccari, Una collezione, Fondazione Marconi, Milan,Italy

    FRANCO VACCARI ESPOSIZIONE IN TEMPO REALE N.45, 2017, Bergamo Film Meeting, Bergamo, Italy



    Rumori telepatici Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples, Italy
    Franco Vaccari - Fuori schema. 1966-2002 Film e video, Madre - Museo d'arte Donna Regina,  Naples, Italy


    Col tempo, BASE, Florence, Italy

    Mostyn Museum, Llandudno, UK

    Intersections: Franco Vaccari, Vito Acconci/Acconci Studio, Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice, Italy


    Franco Vaccari: in palmo di mano, Palazzo dei Pio, Carpi, Modena, Italy



    Meta-Critic-Art, Fondazione Giorgio Marconi, Milan, Italy

    Biennale di Gwanju, Korea

    Diramazioni, Galleria Mazzoli, Modena, Italy

    Le tracce occultate|storie di codici a barre e di sciamani, Galleria Transarte, Rovereto, Trento, Italy



    Franco Vaccari, Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice, Italy


    Esposizioni in tempo reale, Accademia Carrara, Bergamo, Italy

    Vaccari di Franco Vaccari, Museo Cantonale d'Arte Lugano, Switzerland

    Franco Vaccari – Opere 1955/1975, Fotomuseo Giuseppe Panini, Modena, Italy



    Franco Vaccari – Opere 1955-1975, Galleria Civica di Modena, Italy

    Franco Vaccari – Col Tempo, Spazio Oberdan, Milan, Italy



    Photomatic e altre storie, Galleria Bel vedere, Milan, Italy



    Franco Vaccari – Incubazione II, L’Ospitale, Rubiera, Reggio Emilia, Italy

    Buio, nebbia padana, suoni, luci, Transmec Group, Campogalliano, Modena, Italy



    No fiction art, Galleria Estro, Padova, Italy

    Franco Vaccari – 1966/2001 Film e video, Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena, Italy



    Fuori schema e Vita vissuta, Viafarini, Milan, Italy

    Fuori schema, Careof – Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy


    artFORUM Gallery, Merano, Italy



    Centro d’Arte Contemporanea, Bellinzona, Switzerland



    Palazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy

    Artist’s Atelier, Internet


    XLV Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy



    Galleria Fonte d’Abisso, Milan, Italy



    Tour Fromage, Aosta, Italy



    Galleria Civica, Modena, Italy



    Galleria Fonte d’Abisso, Modena, Italy



    Galleria Nuova 2000, Bologna, Italy



    Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy

    Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria

    Galerie West, Imst, Austria


    XXXIX Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy



    Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy

    P.A.C., Genova, Italy



    Galleria Gaetan, Ginevra, Switzerland

    Galleria Remont, Varsavia, Poland



    Studio Marconi, Milan, Italy


    Galleria De’ Foscherari, Bologna, Italy



    Galleria Cavellini, Brescia, Italy



    Galleria 291, Milan, Italy



    XXXVI Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy



    Galleria 2000, Bologna, Italy



    L’occhio aperto, Galleria il Diaframma, Milan, Italy

    Immagini captate, Galleria Blu, Milan, Italy

    Immagini televisive, Galleria Paolo Barozzi, Venice, Italy



    Ambiente Geiger, Galleria Techné, Florence, Italy



    L’ambiente buio, Centro di documentazione, Piacenza, Italy

    Galleria Elefante, Venice, Italy



    FLASHBACK Fotografia italiana di sperimentazione 1960-2016, Palazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy
    L’inarchiviabile / Italia Anni 70, Frigoriferi Milanesi, Milan, Italy

    Take Me (I'm yours), Konsthal Charlottenborhg, Denmark

    Quand fondra la nigre ou ira le blanc, Museo Fortuny, Venice, Italy

    Top Hundred, Museo Marino Marini, Florence, Italy

    Delta ti, Museo Bilotti, Rome, Italy


    Il manichino della storia: l'arte dopo le costruzioni della critica e della cultura, MATA – Manifattura Tabacchi, Modena, Italy
    ENNESIMA. An Exhibition of Seven Exhibitions on Italian Art, Triennale Milan, Italy

    Take Me (I’m Yours), Monnaie de Paris, Paris, France
    The opening, Galleria P420, Bologna, Italy

    50 anni dallo Studio Marconi alla Fondazione Marconi, Milan, Italy


    L'Orlando Furioso: incantamenti, passioni e follie. L'arte contemporanea legge l'Ariosto,
    Palazzo Magnani, Reggio Emilia, Italy

    Modena e i suoi fotografi: dal dopoguerra agli anni Novanta, Foro Boario, Modena, Italy
    Col tempo, Base/progetti per l’arte, Florence, Italy

    (Mis) Understanding Photography, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
    Moving Image, New York


    Intersection - Vito Acconci/Acconci Studio – Franco Vaccari,
    Palazzo Pesaro Papafava, Venice, Italy

    Anni ’70. Arte a Roma, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

    Dear Portrait, Mostyn Museum, Llandudno, UK



    Lo sguardo espanso, Cinema d’artista italiano in mostra 1912-2012, Fondazione Rocco Guglielmo, Catanzaro, Italy

    Behind The Curtain – The Aesthetics Of The Photobooth, Musée de l´Elysée, Losanna, Switzerland

    Peripheral Visions: Italian Photography, 1950s-Present, Leubsdorf Art Gallery ‐ Hunter College, New York

    Un’opera x un libro d’artista, P420, Bologna, Italy



    Narrative Works: Bill Beckley, Peter Hutchinson, Franco Vaccari, P420, Bologna, Italy


    Community, Museo delle Arti Contemporanee MARCA, Catanzaro, Italy

    8th Gwangju Biennale – 10,000 Lives – Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea

    Strange Comfort (Afforded by the Profession), Kunsthalle Basel, Basilea, Switzerland



    Paso Doble, Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice, Italy

    Twentysix Gasoline Stations ed altri libri d’Artista ‐ Una collezione, Museo Regionale di Messina, Messina, Italy

    Prague Biennale 4, Praga, Czech Republic

    UNO. Basilico, Fontana, Ghirri, Jodice, Vaccari, Ex Ospedale Sant’Agostino, Modena, Italy

    Rewind, Fast Forward. Videokunst aus der Sammlung der Neuen Galerie Graz von 1970 bis heute, Neue Galerie, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria

    Spazio Libro d’Artista, Palazzo Manganelli, Catania, Italy



    Viaggio in Italia – Italienische Kunst 1960 – 1990, Neue Galerie, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria

    Peripheral vision and collective body, MUSEION Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst, Bolzano, Italy



    Salis&Vitangeli/Vaccari/Vitangeli, CACT Centro d'Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Bellinzona, Switzerland



    Sound Zero, Kunst Meran, Merano, Italy
    La famiglia. The leaving room, CACT Centro d'Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Bellinzona, Switzerland

    Suoni e Visioni, Villa Croce Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Genova, Italy



    Going Public 05 – From the Balkans to the Balec – aMAZE Cultural Lab, Milan, Italy

    Bologna contemporanea, Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna – GAM, Bologna, Italy

    XIV Quadriennale di Roma, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy



    Attraversare Genova. Percorsi e linguaggi internazionali del contemporaneo, Villa Croce Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Genova, Italy

    Le Opere e i Giorni, Certosa di Padula, Padula, Italy

    Arte in città/1 – Sei artisti e un progetto per Modena, Galleria Civica di Modena, Modena, Italy Piantala!, N.O. Gallery, Milan, Italy



    Tuscia Electa 2002 – 2003, Greve in Chianti, Firenze, Italy



    Utopie Quotidiane – L’uomo e i suoi sogni nell’arte dal 1960 ad oggi, PAC Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milano, Italy

    Between Dresden & Prague, Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Cracovia, Cracovia, Poland



    Media Connection. Come i media hanno cambiato l’arte, Palazzo delle  Esposizioni, Rome, Italy Belvedere Italiano: Tendencies of Italian Art 1945-2001, CSW Centrum Sztuki Wspolczesnej/Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland



    32 Italian Photographers: A Tribute to Phyllis Lambert, Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Montreal, Canada



    Kunst in der Stadt, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria

    Les rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France

    Pagine di fotografia italiana, Galleria Golardo, Lugano, Switzerland



    Trash, Palazzo delle Albere, Trento

    Fin de siècle, CACT Centro d'Arte Contemporanea Ticino, Bellinzona,Switzerland



    L’Io e il suo doppio, XLVI Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy



    Trasfigurazioni, Galleria Gian Ferrari, Milan, Italy



    Arte italiana dopo il 1950, Taiwan Museum of Art, Taiwan



    Artisti italiani contemporanei, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Moscow, Russia



    La parola totale, Galleria Fonte d’Abisso, Modena, Italy

    Arte Santa, Pinacoteca Comunale, Ravenna, Italy

    XI Quadriennale, Palazzo dei Congressi, Rome, Italy

    Che cosa fanno oggi i concettuali?, Rotonda della Besana, Milan, Italy

    Poiesis, Istituto Statale d’Arte, Arezzo, Italy
    I ragazzi del 36, Centro Annunciata, Milan, Italy

    A.P., Artists’ Photographs, Marciana, Isola d’Elba (LI), Italy



    Memorie, Galleria Borgogna, Milan, Italy  

    Intelligenza dell’effetto, Palazzo Dugnani, Milan, Italy



    Arte Soft, Sala Polivalente, Ferrara, Italy

    Recenti acquisizioni, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy

    Messinscena, Galleria Borgogna, Milan, Italy



    Informazione 60-80, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Piacenza, Italy



    Il mestiere delle arti, Castello Sforzesco, Milan, Italy

    Segno/Tra coerenza e trasgressione, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Livorno, Italy

    Arte Italiana 1960-1982, Hayward Gallery, London, UK

    Privacy, Seminari di Gavirate (VA), Italy


    Linee della ricerca artistica in Italia 1970/1980, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

    Modi di racconto, Centro Culturale Rotondoottanta, Sesto S. Giovanni (MI), Italy

    Cent livres d’artiste italiens, Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, Italy

    Manifeste du Livre d’Artiste/Livre-Objet, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Italy



    Camere incantate, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy

    La scrittura attiva, Rotonda della Besana, Milan, Italy

    Multigrafie, Pinacoteca Comunale, Ravenna, Italy

    Cronografie, 1° progetto speciale della Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

    Vom Aussehen der Worter, Kunstmuseum, Hannover, Germany



    Testuale, Rotonda della Besana, Milan, Italy

    La pratica politica, Galleria Civica, Modena, Italy

    Kiinstlerbiicher, Produnzentengalerie, Monaco, Germany

    Marcel Duchamp: Ready mades etc., Alberta College of Art, Alberta, CA

    XVI Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy

    Cine qua non, Giornate internazionali del cinema d’artista, Florence, Italy



    Le figure del tempo, Galleria De’ Foscherari, Bologna, Italy

    Artists’ books, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy

    Formato lib(e)ro, Fortezza da Basso, Florence,  Italy

    Parola, Museo Civico, Forlì, Italy

    La sequenza, Galleria Dov’è la tigre, Milan, Italy
    Cinema d’artista e cinema sperimentale in Italia 1960-1978, Paris, France


    Dopo e forse metafora, Galleria Civica, Modena, Italy

    Esplicita, Galleria Blu, Milan, Italy

    Marta & Maria, Galleria Spagnoli, Florence, Italy

    Gli ultimi 15 anni di arte in Italia, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Torino, Italy

    Settimana internazionale della performance, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy

    Maestri e amici cercando, Galleria Lorenzelli, Milan, Italy

    Un espace parlé, Galerie Gaetan, Ginevra, Switzerland

    Tendenze d’arte internazionale, Galleria Pari e Dispari, Cavriago (RE), Italy

    Fotografia, Galleria Rondanini, Rome, Italy



    Ricerca artistica attuale in Italia, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Tokyo, Japan

    Les boites du XX siècle, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France

    Dentro e fuori di metafora, Galleria Corsini, Intra (VB), Italy


    A space: a thousand words, RCA Gallery, London.UK

    Flash Art Speciale Fotografia, Galleria del Milione, Milan, Italy

    Narrative Art II, Galleria Cannaviello, Rome, Italy

    Foto & Idea, Palazzo Braschi, Rome, Italy

    Trigon 75, Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria

    Narrative Art, Museo progressivo, Livorno, Italy

    Recontre internationale ouverte de video, CAYC, Buenos Aires, Argentine


    Fotomedia, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany
    Narrative Art I, Galleria Cannaviello, Rome, Italy

    Omaggio all’Ariosto, Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara, Italy



    Combattimento per un’immagine, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Torino, Italy

    Trigon 73, Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria

    Foto linguagem, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    La scrittura visuale in Italia, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Torino, Italy

    Italian visual poetry 1912-1972, Finch Museum, New York


    Poesia visiva internazionale, Studio S. Andrea, Milan, Italy

    I denti del drago, Galleria L’Uomo e l’Arte, Milan, Italy

    Il libro come luogo di ricerca, XXXVI Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy

    Art Sistems II, Buenos Aires, Argentine

    Biennale di Medellin, Colombia

    Fotografia tridimensional, CAYC, Buenos Aires, Argentine

    VII Internationalen Malerwochen in der Steiermark, Graz, Austria



    Expo/internacional de proposiciones a realizar, Buenos Aires, Argentine

    Art sistems I, San Paolo, Brazil

    Accumulazioni, Galleria Fiori, Florence, Italy

    Proletarismo e dittatura della poesia, Studio S. Andrea, Milan, Italy

    Musée de Tiroirs di H. Distel, France



    Fotografia creativa, Centro di ricerche audiovisive La Cappella, Trieste, Italy

    Exempla, Marciana, Isola d’Elba, Livorno, Italy

    Intervento sul paesaggio, Zafferana, Catania, Italy

    Arte e critica 70, Galleria Civica, Modena, Italy

    Arte e fotografia, Sicof, Milan, Italy



    Cinema italiano indipendente, Club Nuovo Teatro, Milan, Italy

    Exposition internationale creer, Maison de la Culture, Avignone, France

    Poesia visiva italiana, Brno, Czech Republic
    Exposition internacional de la nuove poesia, Montevideo, Uruguay

    La poesia degli anni 70, Centro La Comune, Brescia, Italy

    66 operatori d’avanguardia di tutto il mondo, Taranto, Italy

    10 esperimenti di nuovo teatro, Varese, Italy



    Parole sui muri, Fiumalbo, Modena, Italy
    Permanentna umetnost, Atelje 212, Belgrade, Serbia
    La poesia nella civiltà della macchine, Taranto, Italy

    Ultimi modelli di poesia, L’incontro, Florence, Italy

    Palcoscenico e pubblico per un teatro moderno, Galleria Civica, Modena, Italy

    24 ore di no-stop theatre, Varese, Italy



    Spatialist exhibition, Saint Peter’s College, Oxford, UK

    Rassegna di poesia, Club Turae, Milan, Italy

    Segni nello spazio, Trieste, Italy

    Mailand Situation, Galerie Senatore, Stoccarda, Germany



    Esposizione internazionale di poesia sperimentale, Casa del Mantegna, Mantova, Italy

    Poesia visiva, Libreria Feltrinelli, Milan, Italy

    La lettura del linguaggio visivo, Castello del Valentino, Torino, Italy

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    on-line exhibitions

    Franco Vaccari
  • Confessare non basta, 1968
    Photo Collage. 23,5 x 32 cm
  • Franco Vaccari
  • Spalliera svedese, 1968
    Photo Collage. 23 x 39 cm
  • Franco Vaccari
  • Ti Amo, 1967
    Photo Collage. 19,5 x 34 cm
  • Franco Vaccari
  • Atest, 1969
    Silk-screen printing on Plexiglass. 71,5 x 71,5 cm
  • Franco Vaccari
  • Atest, 1969
    Silk-screen printing on Plexiglass. 71,5 x 71,5 cm
  • Franco Vaccari
  • Atest, 1969
    Silk-screen printing on Plexiglass. 71,5 x 71,5 cm
  • Franco Vaccari
  • Modena vista a livello di cane, 1969
    Photo. 40 x 30 cm
  • Franco Vaccari
  • Modena vista a livello di cane, 1969
    Photo. 40 x 30 cm
  • Franco Vaccari
  • Modena vista a livello di cane, 1969
    Photo. 40 x 30 cm
  • Franco Vaccari
  • Modena vista a livello di cane, 1969
    Photo. 40 x 30 cm
  • Franco Vaccari
  • Viaggio all’interno dell’Albergo Diurno Cobianchi, 1971
    Photo. 156 x 142 cm
  • Franco Vaccari
  • Photomatic d’Italia, 1972-73
    Photographic Collage on cardboard. 50 x 35 cm
  • Franco Vaccari
  • Photomatic d’Italia, 1971
    Photographic Collage on cardboard. 50 x 35 cm
  • Franco Vaccari
  • Photomatic d’Italia, 1971
    Photographic Collage on cardboard. 50 x 35 cm
  • Franco Vaccari
  • Photomatic d’Italia, 2010
    Photo. 90 x 70 cm
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