Francesca Minini

Carla Accardi, 2018, exhibition view, Francesca Minini, Milan. Courtesy the artist and Francesca Minini, Milan. Photo: Andrea Rossetti

At the age of 14, I told my father, Massimo Minini, “I’m coming to Basel with you.” Very surprised by this desire of mine, he took me with him. Since then I have never missed an edition, and I’ve been attending the fair for thirty years now. I felt immediately at ease; wandering around the stands under construction, looking around, meeting artists and gallery owners, I helped as much as I could. What a wonderful world! Our house was always frequented by artists, they stayed with us for dinner, they slept there, and with some of them we spent wonderful vacations.

Francesca Minini
Francesco Simeti, Stradarte – Plastic Eden, Wallpaper, 2008, Francesca Minini, Milan

I remember the beautiful days with Luciano Fabro in Sardinia, the outings on rubber dinghies with Carla Accardi and the trips to Spoleto to visit Sol LeWitt, who slowly but rigorously swam in the pool. We watched him, hypnotized by his rhythm. I believe that my idea of a gallery was born unconsciously in those years. More concretely, after working with Massimo, I opened my own space in Milan in 2006, combining past experience with a search for new international talents. My sister Alessandra has now joined us, bringing a further vision that strengthens and consolidates even more the relationship between the two spaces. As in the great Italian tradition, that’s a family business!

Francesca Minini
Landon Metz | &, 2016, exhibition view, Francesca Minini, Milan. Courtesy the artist and Francesca Minini, Milan. Photo: Andrea Rossetti

Exhibitions

City Exhibition Date
Milano Cosmic Arrivals, Sheila Hicks Until 17.07.2021
“My focus is balanced between tradition and innovation.”
Alessandra and Francesca Minini. Courtesy Francesca Minini, Milan

In conversation with Francesca Minini

Talk to us about the space you chose for your gallery and its location.

It was 2006, when my family and I decided to relaunch my father’s gallery in Milan, a key city for the contemporary art scene. I chose a space in the emerging creative district of Lambrate ex industriale, with the idea of promoting Italian and international artists who are my contemporaries.

Robert Barry, site-specific installation, 2019, Francesca Minini, Milan. Courtesy the artist and Francesca Minini. Photo: Andrea Rossetti
Your program: What kind of art do you work with?

My focus is balanced between tradition and innovation.
Tradition in terms of sensitivity and attention to the art scene of one’s own time, an approach passed down by my father. Innovation in the sense of my generation and the global art scene, which have led me to develop a programme the looks to the art of the future.

How did your path in art begin?

It all started with my first ArtBasel which I attended with my father, Massimo Minini, in 1989, when I was fourteen. Lots of excitement, collectors from all over the world, international galleries. It was the most exciting art fair at the time, and still is today, and that was my entrée into the contemporary art world. Come to think about it, it was one of the experiences that made me reflect on my future profession.

Something important that you learned from a collector?

One of the first collectors that I met was Paolo Consolandi. Extremely attentive to the art scene that was emerging at the time, Paolo lived and breathed art. He talked about his discovery of each work of art and it was like following his long journey, a life-long journey shared with his large family. He supported my artists, who built a path of their own in part thanks to his faith in young Italian art.

How do you build your relationships with young collectors?

Young collectors are highly informed about what’s new on the contemporary market. They come to art with tremendous passion. They watch artists grow, they get interested in the galleries and institutions that they work with. They come to us first. We go with some of them to exhibitions, biennials and fairs, but also to visit artists in their studios, always such an exciting experience.

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Artists

  • Carla Accardi
  • Armando Andrade Tudela
  • Robert Barry
  • Becky Beasley
  • Jacopo Benassi
  • Riccardo Beretta
  • Matthias Bitzer
  • Armin Boehm
  • Daniel Buren
  • Jan De Cock
  • Elena Damiani
  • Daniel De Paula
  • Simon Dybbroe Møller
  • Flavio Favelli
  • Yona Friedman
  • Giulio Frigo
  • Dan Graham
  • Ali Kazma
  • Runo Lagomarsino
  • Landon Metz
  • Riccardo Previdi
  • Mandal Reuter
  • Alice Ronchi
  • Francesco Simeti