The Torre Bonomo, a medieval tower once used as a residency and exhibition space by the gallerist Marilena Bonomo, is also central to the program. In the early 1970s, LeWitt was the Torre’s first resident: using it as a studio he made a seminal group of wall drawings on the kitchen walls of the tower, which continue to offer a unique insight into his production.
Selected Torre Bonomo projects:
2020 Will Harris: Art & Poetry read more>>
2019 Allison Katz: Traforati read more>>
2018 Artists’ Books Program, curated by Jo Melvin read more>>
2018 WAVES AND SIRENS Nicolas Jaar’s ‘Network’ curated by Anthony Tremlett read more>>
2017 Andrianna Cambpell and Annie Godfrey Larmon, writers in residence read more>>
2016 Rye Dag Holmboe & Joschi Herczeg, ‘Rules of the Game’ read more>>
2016 Valerio Rocco Orlando, artist in residence read more>>
In 1971 Marilena Bonomo opened a gallery in Bari and with her first exhibition set a precedent in Italy for showing cutting edge international artists; the exhibition included Robert Barry, Mel Bochner, Alighiero Boetti, Daniel Buren, Hanne Darboven, Jan Dibbets, Luciano Fabro, Douglas Huebler, Sol LeWitt, Giulio Paolini, Robert Ryman and Lawrence Weiner.
The gallery remained based in Bari but from 1976, in a medieval tower in the old town of Spoleto, she staged a series of solo exhibitions, often coinciding with the Festival, with Richard Nonas, Sol LeWitt, Giulio Paolini, Richard Tuttle, Jannis Kounellis, Nicola De Maria, Tullio De Gennaro and Osvaldo Licini.
It was Marilena Bonomo and her husband Lorenzo who introduced Sol LeWitt to Spoleto, where he would end up living and working continuously throughout the 80s. The old hermitage they owned on Monteluco, overlooking Spoleto, was a vibrant meeting place for artists.
The Torre is steps away from the Mahler and LeWitt Studios on Via Brignone. Our histories are already intimately connected and we are excited to now open a new chapter, Valentina Bonomo having generously made the spaces available for specific projects with our visiting artists, curators and writers.