In Memoriam: Germano Celant (1940–2020)

April 29, 2020

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From left to right: Germano Celant, Giorgio Spanu and Nancy Olnick, Co-founders of Magazzino Italian Art at the opening of Magazzino, June 23, 2017. Photo by Alexa Hoyer.

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Germano Celant at the opening of Magazzino Italian Art, June 23, 2017. Photo by Alexa Hoyer.

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Germano Celant at the opening of Magazzino Italian Art, June 23, 2017. Photo by Alexa Hoyer.

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Germano Celant at the opening of Magazzino Italian Art, June 23, 2017. Photo by Alexa Hoyer.

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From left to right: Gianfranco Gorgoni, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Germano Celant at Magazzino Italian Art after the 'Walking Sculpture' performance which took place in Cold Spring, NY, November 4, 2017. Photo by Alexa Hoyer.

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Germano Celant at the opening of Magazzino Italian Art, June 24, 2017. Photo by Eva Deitch.

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Germano Celant at the opening of Magazzino Italian Art, June 24, 2017. Photo by Zach Hilty.

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Germano Celant at the opening of Magazzino Italian Art, June 23, 2017. Photo by Alexa Hoyer.

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From left to right: Michelangelo Pistoletto, Germano Celant and Giorgio Spanu after the 'Walking Sculpture' performance which took place in Cold Spring, NY, November 4, 2017. Photo by Alexa Hoyer.

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Germano Celant with Co-founder of Magazzino Italian Art Giorgio Spanu at the opening of Magazzino, June 24, 2017. Photo by Zach Hilty.

In Memoriam: Germano Celant (1940–2020)

It is with immense sadness that Magazzino Italian Art Foundation honors the life and work of Germano Celant (1940–2020), the great Genovese art critic, curator, and art historian who has passed away. Author of over one hundred books and catalogues and curator of numerous field-defining exhibitions and monographs, Celant brought unparalleled international attention to modern and contemporary Italian art and new vigor to studies of contemporary art outside of Italy. Celant was a giant. From his theorization of Arte Povera in 1967 to his extensive curatorial work at the Guggenheim New York and Fondazione Prada, Celant was a prolific writer, art historian, and brilliant curator who always challenged us to think differently about creative practice. He leaves a monumental legacy for Italian art and beyond. Most importantly, he leaves us with the challenge to be brave in our work: To take risks, to write with impegno (dedication and commitment), and to create with passion. Grazie infinite, Germano. 

Our thoughts are with his family, Paris Murray and Argento Celant and all those who loved Germano.

Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu, Co-founders
Vittorio Calabrese, Director
The Team, Magazzino Italian Art Foundation