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Alek O. lives and works in Milan, Italy. Recent solo exhibitions include L’impero delle luci, Frutta, Rome (2017), Time Goes By So Slowly, Jeanine Hofland, Amsterdam (2016), Frieze Focus, London and If There is a Last Summer Morning, Frutta, Rome (2014); On Parasols, Jumpers and Balls, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels and Uprisings: Alek O., Mostyn, Llandudno (2013).

Recent group shows include Into The Wild, curated by Christiane Rekade, at Kunst Merano; Per andare dove dobbiamo andare, dove dobbiamo andare?, Nomas Foundation, Rome (2018); E X I T, curated by Adam Carr, at Rodolphe Janssen Gallery, Brussels (2017), La seconda volta, curated by Cristiana Perrella, 16a Quadriennale d'Arte at Palazzo delle Esposizioni di Roma (2016); Ennesima, curated by Vincenzo de Bellis, at the Triennale di Milano; Art Situacions, curated by Vincente Todoli, Maria de Corral, Lorena Martinez and Ilaria Gianni, taking place in various locations (2015/2016); Le regole del gioco, curated by Luca Lo Pinto at Studio Castiglioni, Milan; Accordion, at Laura Bartlett Gallery, London (all in 2014).

EDUCATION

2005
Degree in Industrial Design, Politecnico di Milano

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
L’impero delle luci, Frutta, Rome

2016
Time Goes By So Slowly, Jeanine Hofland, Amsterdam

2014
Frieze Focus, London
If There is a Last Summer Morning, Frutta, Rome

2013
On Parasols, Jumpers and Balls, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
Uprisings: Alek O., MOSTYN, Wales

2010
The Thing, Gallery Vela, London

2009
Rien que les heures, 317 association pour l’art contemporain, Nice

                 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Appocundria, curated by Marta Cereda, Casa Testori, Novate Milanese

2018
Into the Wild, curated by Christiane Rekade, Kunst Merano, Merano
Premio Lissone 18, MAC Lissone
In Addition, an Exhibition of Artist Editions, curated by Adam Carr, MOSTYN, Llandudno, UK
Per andare dove dobbiamo andare, per dove dobbiamo andare?, Nomas Foundation, Rome
One Missing Sock After Doing Laundry, The Art Laundrette, curated by Giulia Colletti, Glasgow
Ortica, Frutta, Rome

2017
Deposito d’Arte Italiana Presente, curated by Ilaria Bonacossa and Vittoria Martini, Artissima 2017, Turin
EXIT, curated by Adam Carr, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
ALL’APERTO – Tre artiste per Trivero, curated by Barbara Casavecchia and Andre Zegna, Fondazione Zegna, Trivero

2016
La seconda volta, curated by Cristiana Perrella, 16ma Quadriennale d’Arte 2016, Palazzo Delle Esposizioni, Rome
Ma l’amor mio non muore, Opere dalla Collezione Alloggia (Roma), curated by Rita Selvaggio, Casa Museo Ivan Bruschi, Arezzo
Je Ne Sais What?, Carnelutti Firm Law, Milan
Support Material, soft furnishings, curated by Liang Luscombe and Lisa Radford, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Project Space, Melbourne
Sem Saber Quando Virá o Amanhecer…, curated by Luiza Teixeira de Freitas, Silvia Cintra + Box4, Rio De Janeiro
Art Situacions III, SPAIN / ITALY, curated by Vicente Todolì, Maria de Corral, Lorena Martinez de Corral, Ilaria Gianni,  Matadero, Madrid

2015
Ennesima, curated by Vincenzo de Bellis, Triennale, Milan
What is a Bird? We Simply Don’t Know, curated by Domenico de Chirico, Nicodim, Bucharest
16° Premio Cairo, La Permanente, Milano
Art Situacions I-II, SPAIN / ITALY, curated by Vicente Todolì, Maria de Corral, Lorena Martinez de Corral, Ilaria Gianni, Villa Croce, Genova, MACRO, Roma
TAVERNA – We are open (Icastica 2015), curated by Ilaria Gianni, Fraternità dei Laici, Arezzo, Shadow Scenes, Colomoscope 2015, curated by Natasha Ginwala and Menika Van der Poorten Colombo
Fantastica. The way we make art, BeatTricks, Milan
Alek O. and James Viscardi, Carl Kostyál, Stockholm
Le regole del gioco, curated by Luca Lo Pinto, Studio Castiglioni, Milan

2014
The Go-Between – artists from the Ernesto Esposito collection, Museo di Capodimonte, Napoli
SMALL Rome, curated by Adam Carr, Frutta, Rome
Ab-Stretching the Canvas, Jeanine Hofland, Amsterdam
Non-Profit & Profit, SpazioA, Pistoia
Accordion, Laura Bartlett, London

2013
Grand Opening, Frutta, Rome
Premio Moroso, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice

2012
D'après Giorgio, Fondazione Casa Giorgio De Chirico, Rome
Differenza e ripetizione, Galleria Lia Rumma, Naples
Everything old was once new, National Trust, Arts Council Collection, Worcester
Als Morandi mit der Kinematographie liebäugelte, Supportico Lopez, Berlin
An Incomplete History of Incomplete Works, Francesca Minini, Milan
Lucie Fontaine: Estate, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
Without (Jonathan Monk), Meessen De Clercq, Brussels
Detective, Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna

2011
Illy Prize Present Future, Artissima 18, Turin
To see an object, to see the light, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene
Ariane De Rothschild Prize 2011, Palazzo Reale, Milan
Domesticity, Prague Biennale 5, Prague
Fruits, Flowers and Clouds, with Gallery Vela, MaK, Vienna
Quite Like A Lake, Unosunove, Rome
Like rowing a boat; facing the way you came, Gallery Vela, London
V Bienal de Jafre, various seats, Jafre

2010
Exhibition Exhibition, Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli, Turin
Saturday, Sunday Fair, Berlin
Certo sentimento, Cripta 747, Turin
Olivia Flecha, Alek O., Helen Marten, Gallery Vela, London
Gallery, Galerie, Galleria, Galleria Norma Mangione, Turin

2009
Lisson Presents 6, A Troubling Metamorphosis of Loose Ideas into Cast Forms, Lisson Gallery, London
Italian Open, Annet Gelink, Amsterdam           
Territoria 4, The Great Leap, Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato
Playlist, Neon>campobase, Bologna

2008
Seek Refuge, Venezia Village, Venice
Onufri Award 2008, National Gallery of Arts, Tirana
Don’t disappear, Expotrastiendas, Buenos Aires

2007
La legge è relativa per tutti, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Guarene

2006
5th Shenzhen International Ink Painting Biennal, The Black Theater, E-6, Shen Zhen
La necessità di un’isola, Isola Art Center, Milan

2005
J’en rêve, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
Isola in-video, Isola Art Center, Milan

2004
Mappae mundi, Viafarini, Milan
Inattesa, Studioventicinque, Milan

2003
Mappae mundi, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, ex-church of San Francesco, Como

 

SPECIAL PROJECTS

2018
Ho Ho Ho, Frutta, Rome

2016
Je Ne Sais What?, Carnelutti Firm Law, Milan

2011
'Two Times Once'-  an exhibition by Mr. Rossi, Limoncello, London
Night School #8, performance as Mr. Rossi, ICA, London
Festivela, Gallery Vela, London
Colazione con Mr. Rossi, performance as Mr. Rossi, Artissima Lido, Turin

2009
As you enter the exhibition, you consider this a group show by an artist you don’t know by the name of Mr. Rossi, ex-fabbrica Minerva, Milan
L’indiano in giardino, various seats, Milan

2007
A Certain Ratio, Room arte contemporanea, Milan

 

AWARDS

2018
Premio Editoria Exibart, MAC, Lissone

2017
Level 0, ArtVerona

2016
Special Mention Under 35, 16a Quadriennale d’Arte, Rome

 

WORKSHOPS AND RESIDENCIES

2010
Flux Factory Inc., Long Island City, New York
HIAP, Helsinki International Artist-in-residence Program, Helsinki

2006
Wherever we go, workshop with Adrian Paci, Viafarini, Milan
Making Of, Casino Luxembourg, Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg

2004
Real Presence 4, Museum 25th May, Belgrad

2003
Advanced Course in Visual Arts, visiting professor Richard Nonas, Fondazione A. Ratti, Como

 

REVIEWS AND CRITICAL TEXTS

Enrico Migliaccio, «Alek O.», Insideart n. 102, Maggio 2015, Roma

Pier Paolo Pancotto, «Alek O.», Artforum, November 2014, New York

Vincenzo Latronico, «Alek O., Un'opera di specchi (questo ricordo di te)», Flash Art n. 314, February 2014, Milano

Luca Lo Pinto, «Histoire d'O.», in Moroso Award for Contemporary Art catalogue, 2013

Alessandra Galletta (interview with), Flash Art n. 308, February 2013, Milano

Chris Fitzpatrick, «A Few Recombinant Layers», in Artissima 18 catalogue, 2011

Vincenzo Latronico, «Alek O., Questo ricordo di te», Flash Art n. 293, May 2011, Milano

Francesco Manacorda, «Alek O.», in Ariane De Rothschild Prize catalogue, 2011

Adam Carr, «Lives and works - Alek O.», Spike Quarterly n. 26, 2010, Wien

Laura McLean-Ferris, «Alek O.: The Thing», Art Review on-line, November 2010

Marco Tagliafierro, «Esotico quotidiano, Fenomenologia dell’alterità», Flash Art n. 276, June - July 2009, Milano

Roberta Tenconi, «Permission To Stay. Essere un artista straniero a Milano», Flash Art n. 268, February - March 2008, Milano

Roberta Tenconi, «A Certain Ratio, spostamenti minimi», Flash Art n. 267, December - January 2008,   Milano

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

A Metaphysical Interior, Izet Sheshivari & Luca Lo Pinto, Boabooks, Genève 2014

TERRAZZA. Artisti storie luoghi in Italia negli anni zero, Marsilio, Venezia 2014

Alek O., Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales 2013

Moroso Award for Contemporary Art, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venezia 2013

To see an object, to see the light, Mousse Publishing, Milano 2011

Artissima Lido, catalogue of the project, 2011

Ariane De Rothschild Prize 2011, catalogue of the exhibition, 2011

Exhibition Exhibition, Skira, Milano 2010

Ange Leccia et le Pavillon, Musée Bourdelle, Paris 2009

100e Ceramiche per il Paradiso, Mariogros edizioni, Torino 2008

Oh, Charlotte, artist book, Salzinsel, Luxembourg 2007 J’en rêve, catalogue of the exhibition, Actes Sud, Arles 2005

Design at Work, Stefania Palmieri, Edizioni Polidesign, Milano 2004

Richard Nonas, Quaderni del Corso Superiore di Arte Visiva, Charta, Milano 2004