Walter Padovani

Walter Padovani

Walter Padovani’s gallery has been located in the heart of the fashion district in Milan since 2000. From the very beginning, the gallery set itself the goal of becoming a point of reference for private collectors and institutions, specializing in Italian sculpture and works of art dating from the 16th century to the Neo-Classical period.

Galleria Walter Padovani. Photo: Umberto Agnello

The strategic guidelines of the activity are a rigorous selection of the works proposed, with great attention given to their provenance and state of conservation, as well as a close collaboration with leading art historians. Over the years, thanks to new discoveries and restitutions, as well as to the publication of the gallery’s catalogs, it has been possible to write some small, albeit significant, chapters of art history. In parallel with research, the gallery also provides indispensable services in the context of Old Masters art, including estimates, appraisals and assistance for the practices at the Export Offices of the Superintendencies and for the handling and restoration of works of art. The Galleria Walter Padovani exhibits regularly at prestigious Italian and international exhibitions such as BIAF and TEFAF.

Walter Padovani
Galleria Walter Padovani. Photo: Umberto Agnello
“The younger generation has a different way of seeing the relationship between the domestic sphere and art: I appeal to them offering the art of the past in a more modern, up-to-date setting.”
Walter Padovani. Courtesy Walter Padovani. Photo: @tydstudio

In conversation with Walter Padovani

Is there a way of being a gallerist in Italy that differs from other countries? Is there a specifically Italian approach to your work?

The work as such doesn’t differ from one country to the next, since the market for early-modern art is international and interconnected. As for a specifically Italian approach, I think that gallerists in Italy have the advantage of being able to draw on a dense network of arts and artistic trades, thanks to the country’s history and culture.

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

The gallery is in an eighteenth-century building right in the heart of Milan’s fashion district and it has an entrance and display window on the street. Being surrounded by the busy to and fro of high-end shopping doesn’t prevent the gallery from being an intimate place, welcoming visitors in an elegant, two-level space with a modern feel.

Galleria Walter Padovani. Photo: Umberto Agnello
How do you build your relationships with young collectors? And how do you keep the ones with regular clients fresh?

The younger generation has a different way of seeing the relationship between the domestic sphere and art: I appeal to them offering the art of the past in a more modern, up-to-date setting. With regular clients, I share not only what is strictly tied to my work as a dealer but also my impressions of exhibitions and museums, new books and everything to do with the world of art history.

Your gallery’s first show: would do it again just the same? What would you change?

The first exhibition, Attorno al marmo. Opere scultoree dall’Ottocento al Novecento, was in 2006 and looked at nineteenth- and twentieth-century marble sculpture. I still like the basic idea for the exhibition, but communication is so different now, I would definitely change the catalogue, the way I promoted the event and the exhibition design.

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