Ugo La Pietra
Born in Bussi sul Tirino (Pescara) in 1938, he lives and works in Milan.
Ugo La Pietra is an artist, architect, designer and musician whose work since 1962 has focused on clarifying and defining the relationship between individuals and their environment. At the start of this process he developed tools of knowledge (models of understanding) aimed at transforming the traditional “artwork-spectator” relationship. He has worked inside and outside specific disciplines, always describing himself as a “researcher in the visual arts”, an anomalous and non-mainstream artist and therefore difficult to classify. His work since 1960 has crossed a variety of artistic currents: abstraction, conceptual and environmental art, social art, narrative art, artist cinema, new writing, extra media, neo-eclecticism, architecture and radical design. He has communicated and disseminated his thoughts and experiences through intensive didactic and editorial activities. He has promoted research groups (Gruppo del Cenobio, Gruppo La Lepre Lunare, Global Tools, Cooperativa Maroncelli, Fabbrica di Comunicazione, Libero Laboratorio) and exhibition events involving a large number of individuals, among them artists, architects and designers.
Ugo La Pietra has held more than 900 solo and group exhibitions. Among his most recent solo shows have been
Istruzioni per abitare la città, CIAC, Foligno (2018); Textured Field. Signs and the Urban 1964/1972, Studio Dabbeni, Lugano (2017); Abitare è essere ovunque a casa propria, MAGA, Gallarate (2016); Ugo La Pietra, Triennale Design Museum, Milan (2015); Ugo La Pietra, FRAC Centre, Orléans (2009). Among the group shows have been: PoliArte (L’Arte delle Arti), Galleria Enrico Astuni, Bologna (2019); Sound, Artissima Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Turin (2018), Take Me (I’m Yours), Villa Medici – Accademia di Francia, Rome (2018); Doppio schermo. Film e video d’artista in Italia dagli anni sessanta a oggi, MAXXI, Rome (2017); Ecovention Europe: Art to Transform Ecologies 1957-2017, Museum het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands (2017); The Objects Biennial, R & Company Gallery, New York (2016); Earthrise. Visioni pre-ecologiche nell’arte italiana (1967-73), Parco Arte Vivente, Turin (2015); Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2015); Architectures d’urgence, Pavillon Vendôme, Clichy (2014); The System of Objects, Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens (2013); Addio anni settanta, Palazzo Reale, Milan (2012); Fuori! Arte e spazio urbano 1968/1976, Museo del Novecento, Milan (2011); Environments and Counter Environments: Italy the New Domestic Landscape, MoMA 1972, New York, Basel, Barcelona, Stockholm (2010). He has also exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Craft, New York; Palazzo Galvani, Bologna; Neue Galerie, Graz; Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara; the Fortezza da Basso, Florence; the Ragghianti Foundation, Lucca; the Museé Départemental, Gap; the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Cologne; the Nordico-Museum, Linz; the Museo della Permanente, Milan; the Royal College of Art, London; the Châteauroux Biennial; the Albissola Biennial; Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin; the Umberto Mastroianni Foundation, Arpino; Spazio Oberdan (Italian Film Library), Milan; Villa Croce Museum, Genoa; the Orestiadi Foundation, Gibellina; the Mudima Foundation, Milan; the FRAC Center, Orléans; the MIC, Faenza; the Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne; the MAGA, Gallarate; and the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal.
Ugo La Pietra has taken part in major exhibitions, among them the International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale (1980); XXXVIII International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale (1970, 1978).
His work is part of important collections that include the MoMA, New York; SF MoMA, San Francisco; Center Georges Pompidou – MNAM, Paris; FRAC Center, Orléans; Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Métropole, Saint-Etienne; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz; Triennale Design Museum, Milan; Museo del Novecento, Milan; MAGA, Gallarate; CSAC, Parma.