Maurizio Nannucci



Maurizio Nannucci was born in Florence on April 20, 1939, where he lives and works.

After studying at the Florence Academy of Fine Art and in Berlin, Maurizio Nannucci worked for many years as a set designer with experimental theatre groups. During the first half of the 1960s he consolidated the fundamental elements of his visual language by exploring the relationship between art, language and image, and by creating his first Dattilogrammi, in which words reclaim their power as symbols. During this period he engaged in experimental work with the Fluxus artists, developed an interest in visual poetry, and collaborated with the studio S 2F M (Studio di Fonologia Musicale di Firenze) in producing electronic music which concentrated on using the voice and words to create sound installations.

In 1967 he held his first solo exhibition at the Centro Arte Viva, Trieste, presenting his first neon light texts which emphasised the temporality of writing rather than the materiality of objects. In 1968 he founded the Florentine publishing houses Exempla and Zona Archives Edizioni, both of which published books and catalogues on artists, among them Sol Le Witt, John Armleder, James Lee Byars, Robert Filliou and Ian Hamilton Finlay. Nannucci considers publications and multiples as manifestations of artistic practice where art is treated as a mental process applicable to the mass production of everyday objects in order to reach realms beyond art. The art object loses its uniqueness but gains presence and new freedom. Nannucci has always been interested in the relationship between the artwork, architecture and the urban landscape, and in the 1990s he collaborated with architects such as Auer & Weber, Mario Botta, Massimiliano Fuksas and Renzo Piano. His work is found in museum collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles and the MAXXI, Rome.

Among recent acquisitions You can imagine the opposite, Politecnico di Milano (2023), exposed to Salone del Mobile 2023; The missing poem is the poem by Maurizio Nannucci, has become part of MAXXI L’Aquila Museum permanent collection (2021); New Times for Other Ideas / New Ideas for Other Times has been installed at City Life Park in Milan (2020). New horizons for other visions / new visions for other horizons has been included in Palazzo Maffei in Verona (2020); Time Past And Time Present Are Both Perhaps Present In Time Future has been installed at the Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta, Parma (2019).

Various permanent installations include Auditorium of the Parco della Musica in Rome; at Fiumicino Airport in Rome; at the Bibliothek des Deutschen Bundestages in Berlin.

He has shown his work several times at the Venice Biennale, at Kassel Documenta, and at the biennial art shows in San Paolo, Sydney, Istanbul and Valencia.

Maurizio Nannucci with Zona Archives was a guest artist within the programme of Movement festival organised by the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2023) where he exhibited Red Line neon installation, 1969.

Solo exhibitions include the important anthological exhibition at MAXXI Museum, Rome (2015).

The artist has participated in several exhibitions at Galleria Enrico Astuni including L’opera d’arte parla (2023); La realtà i linguaggi (2021); FOUR IDEAS (2021); Raccontare un luogo – (Tales of a Place) (2015); 66|16, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, etc…(2016)