Galleria Fonti

Renato Leotta, Lighea, 2020, exhibition view, Galleria Fonti, Naples. Photo: Amedeo Benestante

Gallery Fonti supports Italian and international artists working in a wide range of media.

The focus of its program is on languages and research exploring poetic conceptualism. The gallery opened in June 2004 with an exhibition of works by the German artist Christian Flamm.

Since then it has presented Manfred Pernice, Peter Coffin, Lorenzo Scotto di Luzio, Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom, Birgit Megerle, Nicola Gobbetto, Seb Patane, Giulia Piscitelli, Eric Wesley, Piero Golia, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Michel Auder, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Daniel Knorr, Marieta Chirulescu, Renato Leotta, Constantin Thun and Salvatore Emblema.

Galleria Fonti also collaborates on new productions to support its artists in Italian and international public events.

Galleria Fonti
Shōzō Shimamoto in conversation with Christian Flamm, Piero Golia, Daniel Knorr, Eric Wesley, 2018, exhibition view, Galleria Fonti, Naples. Photo: Amedeo Benestante
“My first contact with art was a real revelation.”

In conversation with Giangi Fonti

What are your predictions about the future of the art system in the sector you work in? What is the biggest challenge you will have to face? What is the biggest challenge that you will have to face?

VR (virtual reality) and social media have disrupted the contemporary art market, revolutionizing the way art is created, consumed and shared. In anticipation of an increasingly technologized future, one of the challenges will be to succeed in transmitting the direct experience of the work of artists who will continue to use “traditional” mediums such as painting and sculpture.

What is the value offered to contemporary society by art on display in galleries What is the role of a gallerist in Italy today? What is the role of a gallerist in Italy today?

To raise awareness and afford the public a leading role with regard to the major themes of their contemporary life, suggesting continuous, new and unexpected questions. The role of the gallerist today is to succeed in conveying and contextualizing the research of individual artists within the current thematic currents and placing it within the market system.

How did your career in art begin?

My first contact with art was a real revelation. When I was 15 years old, I visited the MoMA in New York for the first time, where, to my great surprise, I saw Andy Warhol’s three FATE PRESTO works on display, which reproduced the pages of Il Mattino, the newspaper where I used to read about Maradona. Later on, I collaborated with Diego Cortez and worked at Galerie Neu.

The most complicated and happiest moments of your career thus far?

The most difficult moment was definitely the one following the economic and financial crisis that started in mid-2008 and continued into 2009, when everything came to a standstill. The happiest moment was the first post-lockdown period in 2020, when both new and established collectors confirmed their interest in the gallery’s program and accompanied it in its new reformulation.

The most unexpected visit you ever received at your gallery?

In 2016, on the occasion of the special project at the Solfatara volcanic crater by Angolan artist Kiluanji Kia Henda, I received a visit from Okwui Enwezor, an art critic consecrated as one of the most influential figures in the world of contemporary art. In 17 years of activity, I have had the pleasure of hosting many of the most important personalities of the international art system in my gallery in Naples.

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Artists

  • Michel Auder
  • Marc Camille Chaimowicz
  • Marieta Chirulescu
  • Peter Coffin
  • Salvatore Emblema
  • Christian Flamm
  • Nicola Gobbetto
  • Piero Golia
  • Delia Gonzalez
  • Delia Gonzalez and Gavin Russom
  • Kiluanji Kia Henda
  • Daniel Knorr
  • Renato Leotta
  • Fabian Marti
  • Birgit Megerle
  • Seb Patane
  • Manfred Pernice
  • Giulia Piscitelli
  • Gavilán Rayna Russom
  • Constantin Thun
  • Eric Wesley