Vistamare – the brainchild of Benedetta, Federica and Vittoriano Spalletti – was established in Pescara in 2001 with the exhibition ‘Camera Italia’, curated by Giacinto di Pietrantonio. Ten artists were invited to take part in the event, including Enzo Cucchi, Alberto Garutti and Ettore Spalletti, who created some important, site-specific, permanent works.
Located in a historic 18th-century palace in the heart of the city, the gallery is marked by Classical architecture and rooms with frescoed ceilings. Its activity consciously reflects an identity that is strongly rooted in the local area, and which creates intense synergies and a lively atmosphere.
Steeped in art from a young age, Benedetta Spalletti immediately created a meeting place and venue for exchanges for artists like Joseph Kosuth, Ettore Spalletti, Haim Steinbach, Jan Vercruysse and Armin Linke, who have always supported her bold choices.
In almost twenty years, the gallery has hosted a series of exhibitions presenting established artists alongside upcoming international ones, juxtaposing their works through a dialogue that extends across space.
The most important exhibitions that have shaped the gallery’s programme are: ‘Tre momenti separati in una contemplazione’, 2007, a project featuring Ettore Spalletti’s sculptures as part of the Grammatical Remark work developed by Joseph Kosuth for his first solo exhibition at the gallery in 2005, in dialogue with a painting by Giorgio Morandi; ‘Absence of Birds’, 2008, a project by Joseph Kosuth and an exhibition centred on difference, with a collection of artworks and concepts by artists from different generations; ‘Festa Castellani Spalletti’, 2017, which intertwined the artistic trajectories of the great masters of Italian art; ‘Giovanni Anselmo, Lothar Baumgarten, Haim Steinbach’, 2017, where the various rooms of the gallery were devoted to the works of the three artists, who chose to enter into a mutual dialogue by creating site-specific works.
The following years witnessed the engagement between upcoming international artists and ones from the previous generations through the hosting of solo and group exhibitions such as ‘A Text Is a Thing’, 2011, curated by Vincenzo de Bellis and Alessandro Rabottini, and ‘Oltremare’, 2013, curated by Luca Cerizza.
The last few years have been marked by exhibitions such as ‘Who Knows One’, 2019, curated by Haim Steinbach: twenty-three artists from different places and with different backgrounds addressed the question “Who knows one?”, so as to investigate the very meaning of artwork; ‘Senza Rughe’, 2020, by Armin Linke: a project developed across Abruzzo, in order to gather and document the heritage of local areas.
In 2018, together with Busiri Vici, Benedetta Spalletti opened VISTAMARESTUDIO in Milan, as a venue in which artists can express ideas, projects and works specifically designed for this space. Its programme extends – yet at the same time complements – the work carried out in the Pescara gallery, which is reinforcing its identity by focusing on projects connected to the local territory.