Studio Trisorio

Rebecca Horn, Passing the Moon of Evidence, 2018, exhibition view, Studio Trisorio, Naples. Courtesy Studio Trisorio, Naples

Studio Trisorio was inaugurated in 1974 by Pasquale and Lucia Trisorio with a show by Dan Flavin. The gallery, currently directed by Laura and Lucia Trisorio, explores the various languages of contemporary art, commissions site-specific projects and curates exhibits in public venues in Italy and abroad. It represents artists such as Marisa Albanese, Carlo Alfano, Francesco Arena, Bill Beckley, Daniel Buren, Fabrizio Corneli, Jan Fabre, Rebecca Horn, Alfredo Maiorino, Umberto Manzo, Martin Parr, Robert Polidori, Eulalia Valldosera, Felice Varini, John Wood & Paul Harrison. Since 1996, the Studio Trisorio has been organizing Artecinema, the International Festival of Films on Contemporary Art.

Studio Trisorio
Jan Fabre, Tribute to Hieronymus Bosch in Congo, 2019, installation view, Studio Trisorio, Naples. Courtesy Studio Trisorio, Naples
“Naples, with all its contradictions, is a city full of energy; foreign artists immediately perceive something extraordinary here and many of them realize projects dedicated to the city.”
Laura Trisorio. Courtesy Studio Trisorio

In conversation with Laura Trisorio, Studio Trisorio

How did your career in art begin?

I have a special memory associated with a photograph taken in 1972 when I was five years old. It’s a photo of a lunch on the terrace of our home in which Beuys is extending his hand to me, as if he were passing me the baton, my mother is touching my arm and Lucio Amelio has his hand on my head. It almost seems like a scene from an investiture, I was destined to promote art.

When and how did you start your gallery?

On October 16th, 1974, my father, Pasquale, and my mother, Lucia, inaugurated the Studio Trisorio with a Dan Flavin exhibition in the historical building on the Riviera di Chiaia where the gallery is still located. After my father’s death in 1992, I became more involved in directing the gallery together with my mother and in 2011, we expanded the exhibit space which allowed us to collaborate with new artists.

Lucia Trisorio. Courtesy Studio Trisorio
Why did you choose this city?

Naples – with all of its contradictions – is a city filled with energy, artists perceive its vitality and many of them realize projects dedicated to the city. For many years now, local museum institutions have become more attentive to contemporary art and now work in synergy with local galleries. Furthermore, there are many important private collections in the city which, over the years, we have contributed to forming.

Are there any social, environmental, or educational initiatives related to art that you have recently undertaken or would like to dedicate yourself to in the future?

Since 1996, I have been organizing Artecinema, an international festival of contemporary art films held in Naples. For some years now, with Artecinema per il Sociale, I have been able to take art to prisons, to prisoners, who wait with intense emotion to experience a moment of openness and mutual exchange. The meetings with artists and directors dedicated to students are also precious educational opportunities.

Felice Varini, Rosso nero giallo blu per scudo trapezio e disco, 2014, installation view, Studio Trisorio, Naples. Courtesy Studio Trisorio
How has the art market changed since you opened your gallery?

Previously, the force of the market was not so strong and conditioning. Today an artist exists only if he is recognized by the market, if his works are sold at auctions, if he is seen at fairs and, with the same speed with which he achieves success, he is forgotten. There is, therefore, a greater competition that makes the life of artists and gallerists more difficult, but the enthusiasm remains the same.

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Artists

  • Marisa Albanese
  • Carlo Alfano
  • Francesco Arena
  • Marco Bagnoli
  • Bill Beckley
  • Gregorio Botta
  • Louise Bourgeois
  • Daniel Buren
  • Lawrence Carroll
  • Stefano Cerio
  • Fabrizio Corneli
  • Riccardo Dalisi
  • Jan Fabre
  • Sergio Fermariello
  • Rebecca Horn
  • Pep Llambías
  • Alfredo Maiorino
  • Umberto Manzo
  • Raffaela Mariniello
  • Martin Parr
  • Robert Polidori
  • Steve Riedell
  • Luciano Romano
  • Lucia Romualdi
  • Mimma Russo
  • Marco Tirelli
  • Eulalia Valldosera
  • Felice Varini
  • John Wood & Paul Harrison