Courtesy Studio la Città | HERBERT HAMAK,
ULTRAMARINEBLAU DUNKEL – ATRI 2003/2011 Resina e pigmenti (30 pezzi) – dimensioni variabili/Resin and pigments (30 pieces) – different sizes
ph. Credits Michele Sereni

April 2nd – July 30th, 2022
Curated by Marco Meneguzzo
Piero Atchugarry Gallery – Miami, in collaboration with Studio la Città – Verona

Starting on April 2nd 2022 the Piero Atchugarry Gallery Miami will host the exhibition 50 Years, a Day. Studio la Città, a Story. Given the competitive nature of the art world, this exhibition constitutes an absolute oddity: an open dedication from gallerist to gallerist, a tribute to 50 years of an institution, that of Studio la Città, which has contributed to defining the history of contemporary art in Italy.

Studio la Città, was founded in 1969 in Verona by Helene de Franchis. As Marco Meneguzzo – curator of the show – said: the role of a successful gallery owner imposes tiring rhythms, usually driven by the desire to assert one’s own taste rather than by any economic consideration. This is the only reason why one can resist for so long: it is an inner drive that determines the initial action, not the reasoning.

I felt it was important to commemorate Hélène’s career. She was one of the first gallerists to venture outside of the motherland (Italy), her research was substantial and brave (spanning several countries and borders), discovering and nurturing several influential artists from the 2nd half of the 20th century.
She was able to establish herself in a time where female dealers were few and far between. In many ways this show is about immortalizing history so as to not lose sight of the significance of what it means to be a gallerist.

Piero Atchugarry


the exhibition

Today, the different phases of the extensive career of Hélène de Franchis, the core of Studio la Città, arrive in Miami. The exhibition brings overseas the pieces constituting a unique self-portrait of the gallery owner: choices that have contributed to identifying the mainstream of contemporary art today, other choices that are more personal, but never trivial or ephemeral, and which could contribute to future researches in the still under-explored “pleats” of art history.

By hosting a homage to the gallerist, the exhibition introduces a continued development in the collaborative model that Piero Atchugarry gallery has adopted in recent years.

Curated by Marco Meneguzzo in Piero Atchugarry Gallery, in collaboration with Studio la Città.


The result is a retrospective exhibition with carefully selected works including emblematic pieces by Stuart Arends, Gabriele Basilico, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Lawrence Carroll, Vincenzo Castella, Lynn Davis, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Garutti, Herbert Hamak, Jacob Hashimoto, Igino Legnaghi, David Leverett, Emil Lukas, Giulio Paolini, Michelangelo Pistoletto, David Simpson e Ettore Spalletti.

Courtesy Studio la Città | GIULIO PAOLINI QUAM RAPTIM AD SUBLIMIA (Stendardo), 1969
Vernice su tessuto di cotone/Paint on cotton fabric,
420 x 65 cm
Ph. Credits Michele Sereni


From Aprile 2nd To July 30th, 2022
Tue — Sat: 11AM TO 5PM
Sun & Mon: CLOSED

OPENING: April 2, 2022 – VIP Preview from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (RSVP ONLY)
Public Opening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Piero Atchugarry Gallery
5520 NE 4th Ave
Miami, FL 33137 (USA)


Piero Atchugarry Gallery

(305) 639-8247

[…]an open dedication from gallerist to gallerist.

50 Years, a Day
Studio la Città, a Story
Piero Atchugarry Gallery – Studio la Città

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