ML Fine Art

Dalla parola al segno, 2020, exhibition view, ML Fine Art, Milan. Photo: Daniele de Lonti. Courtesy ML Fine Art, Milan / London

ML Fine Art was founded by Matteo Lampertico in Milan in 2007. In 2015, the London branch of the gallery was opened at 15 Old Bond Street. While the gallery’s principal focus is modern and contemporary art, Matteo Lampertico also deals in Old Masters art, his earliest speciality.

The program focuses on Italian artists of the second post-war period and their dialogue with the international avant-garde. Each exhibition is accompanied by a catalog featuring original research by Italian and international authorities. In recent years, Laura Cherubini and Hans Ulrich Obrist have discussed Carla Accardi, Serge Lemoine has written about Franco Grignani, Jürgen Pech on Max Ernst and Gian Enzo Sperone on Aldo Mondino.

ML Fine Art
Dalla parola al segno, 2020, exhibition view, ML Fine Art, Milan
Photo: Daniele de Lonti. Courtesy ML Fine Art, Milan / London

In addition to the exhibition calendar, the gallery also participates in international art fairs such as TEFAF, Miart, and the Biennale Internazionale di Antiquariato di Firenze, among others.

In the autumn of 2020, ML Fine Art will present an exhibition project with two shows curated by Studio for Propositional Cinema dedicated to Emilio Prini, presenting historic works by the enigmatic Piedmontese artist in dialogue with select contemporary artists who have demonstrated sensibilities to Prini’s research.

Exhibitions

City Exhibition Date
Milano L'Oro estratto dalla Caverna di Saturno, Massimo Antonaci Until 11.03.2022
“In a world where everything can be purchased with a click, we need be more efficient without perverting the nature of our work.”
Matteo Lampertico with an Achrome by Piero Manzoni at Tefaf Maastricht, 2020. Courtesy ML Fine Art

In conversation with Matteo Lampertico, ML Fine Art

What are your predictions for the future of the art world in your field? What is the biggest challenge that you will have to face?

I think that everyone sees that the toughest challenge is accepting that we have to deal with the new technologies. In a world where everything can be purchased with a click, we need be more efficient without perverting the nature of our work. It isn’t easy to think about speed and professionalism in the same breath. The two seem irreconcilable, but it would be unrealistically idealistic to go back and mourn the past.

What is your background?

I started out in the history of painting, studying in Pavia and Florence and then specialising at the Fondazione Longhi of Florence. At first, I wanted to be an academic, but then fate shifted me towards the art market and I worked first at Finarte and then at Christie’s, in modern art. I consider myself to be for all practical purposes an art historian. I don’t think that this is incompatible with being a gallerist – quite the opposite.

When and how did you first set up your gallery?

I opened my gallery in Milan in 2007, after working for almost ten years in auction houses. I realised that it’s one thing to sell and another thing to plan and carry out a project. In 2015, I decided to open another gallery in London. I felt the need to get outside Italy and put myself to the test in a broader horizon. I am glad that I did this, even though with Brexit things are changing quite rapidly.

What kind of art do you deal with?

I am especially interested in postwar Italian art. I think that there are still artists from that period that are little known and appreciated. The gallery needs to be a step ahead. That’s what I tried to do with the Tancredi, Savelli, Calderara, Scarpitta, Accardi, Schifano and Prini exhibitions: all artists who were already known, but we wanted to dig deeper into a few themes. I think that that right there is the gallerist’s job.

Read the full interview

Artists

  • Carla Accardi
  • Afro
  • Gianni Asdrubali
  • Alighiero Boetti
  • Agostino Bonalumi
  • Alberto Burri
  • Antonio Calderara
  • Enrico Castellani
  • Giorgio De Chirico
  • Gianni Colombo
  • Pietro Consagra
  • Dadamaino
  • Fortunato Depero
  • Antonio Donghi
  • Piero Dorazio
  • Max Ernst
  • Tano Festa
  • Lucio Fontana
  • Luigi Ghirri
  • Franco Grignani
  • Hans Hartung
  • Jannis Kounellis
  • Leoncillo Leonardi
  • Piero Manzoni
  • Marino Marini
  • Fausto Melotti
  • Mario Merz
  • Aldo Mondino
  • Giorgio Morandi
  • Gastone Novelli
  • Giulio Paolini
  • Emilio Prini
  • Mimmo Rotella
  • Giuseppe Santomaso
  • Angelo Savelli
  • Salvatore Scarpitta
  • Mario Schifano
  • Tancredi