VISTAMARE | VISTAMARESTUDIO
Linda Fregni Nagler
Lorenzo Scotto Di Luzio
Vistamare – the brainchild of Benedetta, Federica and Vittoriano Spalletti – was established in Pescara in 2001 with the exhibition ‘Camera Italia’, curated by di Pietrantonio. Ten artists were invited to take part in the event, including Cucchi, Garutti and Spalletti, who created some site-specific, permanent works.
Located in a historic 18th-century palace in the heart of the city, the gallery is marked by Classical architecture. Its activity consciously reflects an identity that is strongly rooted in the local area.
Steeped in art from a young age, Benedetta Spalletti immediately created a meeting place and venue for exchanges for artists the likes of Kosuth, Spalletti, Steinbach, Vercruysse and Linke.
In almost twenty years, the gallery has hosted a series of exhibitions presenting established artists alongside upcoming international ones. The most important exhibitions are: ‘Tre momenti separati in una contemplazione’, 2007, a project featuring Spalletti’s sculptures as part of the Grammatical Remark work by Kosuth; ‘Absence of Birds’, 2008, a project by Joseph himself; ‘Festa Castellani Spalletti’, 2017; ‘Anselmo, Baumgarten, Steinbach’, 2017, where the rooms of the gallery were devoted to the works of the three artists.
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 de Bellis and Rabottini, and ‘Oltremare’, 2013, curated by Cerizza.
The last few years have been marked by exhibitions such as ‘Who Knows One’, 2019, curated by Steinbach; ‘Senza Rughe’, 2020, by Linke.
In 2018, together with Lodovica 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.