The Associazione Culturale Vistamare is proud to announce the inauguration of the room dedicated to the work of Enrico Castellani (Saturday 18th January 2003, 6:00pm), presenting three large monochrome pieces realised by the artist in 2001. On the same occasion there will be the first of a series of encounters/debates with Salvatore Lacagnina and Alessandro Rabottini.

Enrico Castellani (born in 1930 at Castelmassa, Rovigo, he lives and works in Cellano, Viterbo) has been known at an international level since the late 1950’s for his fundamental contribution to the modern culture of monochrome painting. His abstract painting is characterised by elements constant in his research such as the value of the light and the repetitive sign on a pictorial surface modulated like a three-dimensional plane.

His work unites the representation of a subtle and very delicate geometry with research into painting as a reality that stimulates the optical perception outside and beyond the representation, adopting an abstract and monochrome vocabulary attentive to the basic constructive elements of painting as a primarily visual language.

Protagonist, initially, of the Op art movement, and then of an intensely personal research into the situational dimension of painting, over the course of his career Enrico Castellani has exhibited in some of the world’s most prestigious galleries and museums such as New York’s MoMA, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, the Museo del Castello di Rivoli, the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Fondazione Prada in Milan, the Venice Biennale, the Saõ Paulo Biennial in Brazil and the Kassel Documenta.