To mark its exhibition program′s sense of internationalization, the Galeria Progetti has opened with an individual display by Jannis Kounellis, one of the today′s focal names in contemporary art. In his first solo show in Brazil, the artist spent time in Rio de Janeiro to create the installation specially designed for the gallery.
Heading the Progretti gallery is Italian gallery owner Paola Colacurcio, who for many years worked in the historic Galeria Lucio Amelio, in Naples, and had the opportunity to work directly with many renowned artists, among them Keith Haring, Miguel Barceló, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, Joseph Beuys, Mimmo Paladino, Alighiero Boetti, Robert Mapplethorpe, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz and Rosemarie Trockel.
Paola has therefore decided to hold exhibitions of both international and Brazilian artists and expand Brazilian′s art′s place on the world stage by taking part in fairs in Brazil and abroad. Seeking to work with the vanguard of contemporary art, she has focused on the work of both young and foreign artists., inviting them to create site-specific pieces.
Located on the Travessa do Comércio, next to Rio′s historic Praça XV and the city′s principal museums and cultural centers, the Galeria Progetti occupies a three-storey building dating from 1889, and part of one of the best-preserved sites of Rio de Janeiro′s imperial architectural heritage.