Through the Avant-garde Giuseppe Niccoli / vision and courage of a Gallery

Place:APE Parma Museum


From September 19, 2020 to October 3, 2021.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30am to 5.30pm. Closed on Monday. On Saturday and Sunday the reservation is compulsory.


Entrance € 8,00; reduction € 5,00 (under 35, over 65, handicapped people and carer, groups of minimum 10 people); free entrance for schools, under 18, touristic guide and journalist. The reservation is required on Saturday and Sunday and for groups of minimum 8 people.


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In the year that sees Parma as the Italian Capital of Culture, APE Parma Museum – Arts Performance Events – the unpublished exhibition Through the Avant-gardes. Giuseppe Niccoli / vision and courage of a Gallery, organized by the Monteparma Foundation, with the precious collaboration of Roberto and Marco Niccoli, sons of the founder of the famous and homonymous Gallery based in Parma and today at the head of it.

In the context of the artistic program of its new cultural and museum center, inaugurated in 2018, the Foundation has chosen to remember the figure of Giuseppe Niccoli, his extraordinary activity of discovery and enhancement of talents and the history of the Gallery founded in the 70s , which for its original work is unique and has been able to establish itself also abroad.

The exhibition, curated by Bruno Corà, Roberto and Marco Niccoli, presents works by international artists, such as Afro, Agostino Bonalumi, Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani, Alik Cavaliere, Piero Dorazio, Lucio Fontana, Conrad Marca-Relli, Fausto Melotti, Angelo Savelli , Salvatore Scarpitta, Mario Schifano and many others, representing the artistic currents that the Niccoli Gallery has followed, exhibited and supported over the last 50 years, anticipating in many cases market trends and also carrying out an important reorganization and rediscovery of forgotten artists and movements. Particularly, a special place is reserved for the well-known artist Conrad Marca-Relli, who moved to Parma in 1997, the year in which his archive was established at the Gallery.

The title of the exhibition refers to the important series Through the avant-gardes, the cornerstone of the intense publishing activity carried out by the Niccoli Gallery, which has given life to catalogs and volumes that have become true art history manuals, to which the exhibition reserves a large space. Publishing is after all the world from which Giuseppe Niccoli comes: as an editorial agent of Rizzoli, he opens four shops in Trieste, Florence, Pescara and Parma, then choosing the latter as his adoptive city where he settles. Then he opened a bookshop specialized in volumes of art, which gradually became an exhibition space, until it was definitively transformed into an art gallery in 1980.