Alessandro Bagnai opened his gallery in Siena in 1987. The gallery soon began to concentrate on a group of artists defined as the “New Roman School”, which included Giuseppe Gallo, Pizzi Cannella, Nunzio, Marco Tirelli and Gianni Dessì. Work with some of them continued over time, forging a close bond that led to the organisation of both museum and gallery exhibitions.
The main focus of the painting of the 1980s was on the relationship, right from the early years, with other artists of previous generations on the international scene. These included Mario Schifano, Sandro Chia, Roberto Barni, Enzo Cucchi, Aldo Mondino, Rainer Fetting and other Europeans and Americans, such as David Salle and Julian Schnabel, all shown in various group exhibitions.
The gallery also handles younger emerging artists such as Massimo Barzagli, Vittorio Corsini, Daniele Galliano, Maurizio Savini, Paolo Leonardo, May Cornet and numerous others, thus alternating exhibitions of artists of the new generation with exhibitions of established masters, such as Günther Uecker.
The gallery works in conjunction with some of the most renowned critics, curators, and art historians, such as Lorand Hegyi, Giorgio Verzotti, Achille Bonito Oliva, Alberto Boatto, Bruno Corà, Stephen Bann and Demetrio Paparoni.
Since 2016, the Alessandro Bagnai Gallery has been operating in its new premises in Foiano della Chiana, in the province of Arezzo, and a new venue in Florence, at Via Maggio 19-21r.