Paolo Ventura

  • Selected Works

    Behind the Walls, 2011


    Morte e Resurrezione #2, 2018

  • Biography

    Biography

    Italy , 1968-

    There is a hazy sense of timelessness in the photographs of Paolo Ventura. The Italian artist makes images of what he calls “invented worlds” or “ir-realities,” using cardboard and found objects from flea markets and eBay to construct a universe of elaborate dioramas filled with tiny details, which he then photographs as though they were life-size. The result is a cloudy, undefined atmosphere where narratives play out like dreams, somewhere between fantasy and memory. Though placed in ambiguous settings, his work often references the period surrounding World War II, as well as fantastical stories told by his father, a children’s book author. Solo Exhibitions

    2018 "The Silent City", Flatland Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland
    2018 "Racconti Immaginari", Silos Armani, Milan, Italy
    2018 "Racconti di Guerra", MAG Museo Alto Garda, Riva del Garda, Italy
    2017 "Eclipse", Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York
    2017 "The Last Days of Vacation", Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, Canada
    2017 Pagliacci, Camera, Italian Center for Photography, Turin, Italy
    2016 Mystique Narratives II, Flatland Gallery, Amsterdam
    2016 “Paolo Ventura. Obras de la Colecciòn Cotroneo”, Sala Municipales de Exposiciones, Valladolid, Spain
    2016 Mystique Narratives I, Flatland Gallery, Amsterdam
    2015 Un Mondo Infinito, Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmagen, The Netherlands
    2015 La Città Infinita, Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis
    2015 Short Stories, Gallery Baton, Seoul, Korea
    2014 L’Homme à la Valise, Fotokino, Marseille
    2014 Träume , Die Galerie, Munich
    2014 L'archivio Ritrovato di V.P., Palazzo dei Pio, Carpi
    2013 The Infinite City, Atlas Gallery, London
    2013 Il Mago Futurista, MART Casa d'Arte Futurista Depero, Rovereto
    2013 The Infinite City, Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, New York
    2013 Lo Zuavo Scomparso, Gallery Baton, Seoul, Korea
    2013 il Teatro della Memoria, FAR Fabbrica Arte Rimini, Rimini
    2013 La collezione di Kim e Paolo Ventura, Museo della Citta, Rimini
    2012 Recent Works, Italian Academy at Columbia University, New York
    2012 Lo Zuavo Scomparso, MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art of Roma, Rome
    2012 Behind the Walls, Forma Gallery, Milan
    2012 The Funeral of the Anarchist, Obsolete, Los Angeles
    2011 The Automaton of Venice, Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, New York
    2011 Behind the Walls, Photographica Fine Art Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland
    2011 L'Automa, Museo Fortuny, Venice
    2011 Selected Works, Gallery Baton, Seoul, Korea
    2011 Winter Stories, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, South Carolina
    2009 Winter stories, Hasted Hunt Kraeutler Gallery, New York
    2009 Winter Stories, Galerie Camera Obscura, Paris
    2009 Winter Stories, Studio la Citta', Verona
    2009 Fabulous Fictions, The Hague Museum of Photography, The Hague
    2009 Winter Stories, Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow
    2008 Storie D'Inverno, Forma International Center of Photography, Milano
    2008 Winter Stories, Hasted Hunt Gallery, New York
    2007 Souvenir de Guerre, Maison de la Photographie Npdc, Lille
    2007 Viaggio nella Memoria, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome
    2006 In Tempo di Guerra, Forma International Center of Photography, Milan
    2006 Souvenir de Guerre, Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles
    2006 War Souvenir, Hasted Hunt Gallery, New York
    2006 War Souvenir, Lazia Nowa, Krakow
    2006 War Souvenir, A-3 Gallery, Moscow

    Group Exhibitions

    2019 Make Believe: Fantasy, fairy tales and Magic from five contemporary photographers. Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Usa.
    2019 Commissione Roma 2003-2017 e le acquisizioni al patrimonio fotografico di Roma Capitale, Palazzo Braschi, Rome, Italy
    2019 GIOSTRE Stories, Images, Games, Palazzo Roverella, Rovigo, Italy
    2018 Of Individuals and Places, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada
    2018 New Perspective, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Roma, Italy
    2018 Age of Love, DongGang International Photo Festival, Seoul, South Korea
    2018 Photologies, Biennale de la Photographie, Aubagne, France
    2018 New Perspective, La Triennale, Milano, Italy
    2017 Variazioni su un tema, Galleria Antonio Verolino, Modena, Italy
    2017 Season Preview, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, Canada
    2017 Alfabeto Fotografico Romano, Collezioni e archivi fotografici di istituzioni culturali in Roma, Istituto Centrale per la Grafica, Palazzo Poli , Rome, Italy
    2017 Fifteen Countries: On Loan from the Collection of Martin Z. Margulies at Aipad, New York
    2017 Tonalità tangibili, Museo Nazionale del Cinema, Turin
    2017 Là dove interviene il Disegno: La Fotografia. Fondazione Bottari - Lattes, Turin
    2016 20 Years, Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, Usa
    2016 Photomed, Festival of Mediterranean Photography, Sanary-sur-mer
    2016 Fotografia Europea, La Via Emilia. Strade, viaggi e confini, Reggio Emilia
    2015 Festival Photo La Gacilly, Bretagne
    2015 Bienal Internacional Fotografica Bogota', Fotomuseo, Museo National de la Fotografia de Colombia
    2015 Italia Inside Out, I Fotografi Italiani, Palazzo della Ragione, Milano
    2015 Questa è guerra, Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, Padova
    2014 La Guerra che Verrà Non è la Prima 1914-2014, MART Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rovereto
    2014 Turning Point, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
    2014 La Mémoire Traversée, Eléphant Paname/Mois de la Photo, Paris
    2014 Festival Internazionale di Fotografia di Roma, MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome
    2014 Historia, Miradas de Artistas, Marco, Museo de Arte Contemporanea de Vigo
    2014 Histoire, Regards d'Artistes, Hotel des Arts, Centre du Conseil General du Var, Toulun
    2013 Next Stop Italy, The Phllips Collection, Washington D.C.
    2012 Do You Remeber the First Time?, Atlas Gallery, London
    2012 New Aquisitions from the MACRO Collection, MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome
    2012 La Collezione di Italo Zannier, PARCO Galleria D'Arte Moderno e Contemporanea, Pordenone
    2012 La Fotografia della Collezione Trevisan, MART Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rovereto
    2012 The Silent Village, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
    2011 Sembianze, Galleria D'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Repubblica di San Marino
    2011 54th Venice Biennial, Italian Pavilion, Venice
    2011 Otherwordly, Museum of Art and Design, New York
    2011 New Yorker Fiction/Real Photography, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
    2009 Manipulating Reality, Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
    2009 Collection from Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Instituto Itaù Cultural, Sao Paulo
    2009 La Photographie Italiens des Annees 50 a Nos Jours, 
Centre National de l'Audiovisuel, Luxembourg
    2009 Photography From the Permanent Collection, Lowe Art Museum, Miami
    2009 New York Photographs, Hasted Hunt Gallery, New York
    2008 Contemporary Photographic Views, Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis
    2008 Inside the Human Space, Isola di San Servolo, Venezia
    2008 The New Original Photo, Interalla Gallery, Seoul
    2008 Una Historia Privada, Theatro Circo Price, Madrid
    2008 Ellis Island and Beyond, Aperture Gallery, New York
    2008 Roma, Palazzo Delle Esposizioni, Roma
    2008 Una Storia Privata, Museo Bilotti, Roma
    2007 NYC, Phillips De Pury Gallery, New York
    2007 Hunter and Hanted, Sara Tecchia Gallery, New York
    2007 On the Wall, Aperture Gallery, New York
    2007 Luci su Milano, New art acquisitions of Unicredit Bank, Milan
    2006 Une Histoire Privee, Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, Paris

    Public Collections

    Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali, Museo di Roma – Palazzo Braschi, Rome
    Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston
    Istituto Centrale per la Grafica, Rome
    Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
    Lowe Art Museum, Miami
    MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome
    Maison Européen de la Photographie, Paris
    Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami
    MART Contemporary and Modern Art Museum of Trento and Rovereto
    The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis
    Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal
    Museo Palazzo Fortuny, Venice
    Museo di Palazzo dei Pio, Carpi
    Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
    Unicredit Bank Collection, Milan

  • Exhibitions