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Emilio Vedova

    Emilio Vedova (Venice, 9 August 1919 - 25 October 2006) after having joined "Corrente" in 1942, a movement in reaction against the Novecento group, and then having co-signed the "Oltre Guernica" manifesto, in Venice in 1946, became one of the founders of "Nuova Secessione Italiana" and then of "Fronte Nuovo delle Arti".
    From 1948 onwards he was one of the most frequent exhibitors at the Venice Biennale: in 1952 he had a room to himself, in 1960 he was awarded the first prize for Italian painting and, in 1997, the Leone d'Oro prize for his career. The Scontro di situazioni, Ciclo della Protesta, and Ciclo della Natura series are among his best-known works from the 1950s and were exhibited in part at the São Paulo biennales in Brazil where Vedova was awarded a prize in 1954. An uproar was caused in 1961 by the scenes he designed for "Intolleranza '60" by Luigi Nono which had been staged at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice.
    In 1961 he began work on his "Plurimi" which were partly realized in Berlin between 1963 and 1964; in 1964 the Absurdes Berliner Tagebuch ’64 were seen at Documenta, Kassel, where Vedova's work was also exhibited in 1955, 1959, and 1982. In 1965 he began an intense teaching activity, first in American universities and then at the Sommerakademie, Salzburg, and the Venice academy.
    In the 1970s, after the De America series, he devoted himself to Plurimi/Binari, part of the Lacerazione 1977/78 series, to Carnevali and, in the 1980s, to large-scale canvases. In 2006, two years after its foundation, the Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova began its activities for the study and safeguarding of the artist's work.