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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

2018        Into the Wild, curated by Christiane Rekade, Kunst Merano, Merano

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, IT, 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         Forum degli Artisti - founder of the Forum for the Artists, website

                '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

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