About Brancolini Grimaldi:
In 2000, Isabella Brancolini opened one of the first contemporary art galleries in Florence. The gallery showed a very contemporary program of photography, painting, installation, and video, exhibiting internationally at art fairs including Fiac, Arco, and Artissima. In 2005 Camilla Grimaldi joined the gallery, which became Brancolini Grimaldi Arte Contemporanea. To further broaden its reach the gallery opened a second space in the heart of Rome. The gallery’s program became more focused, specializing in photography and video, and truly seeking out contemporary artists who use photography as a means to an end, often pushing the medium past its typical preconceptions.
The gallery actively seeks to produce and commission new works, helping artists to realize new, and often experimental projects. In 2005 for the opening of the Rome space, the gallery produced the 35mm film site specific_LAS VEGAS 05 by Olivo Barbieri, which has been presented at the most important film festivals around the world including the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The gallery also produced Andrea Fraser’s video work in the Vatican Museums, which was presented in Rome in the fall of 2005. In 2006 the gallery produced Massimo Vitali‘s limited edition portfolio, Landscapes with Figures and in 2010 a special edition box, Natural Habitats, both in close collaboration with Steidl.
The focus on new emerging art trends in Europe and around the world is an integral component of the gallery’s approach. In February 2006, the gallery showed a selection of emerging and established African artists including Malick Sidibé, Seydou Keita, Rotimi Fani-Kayodé, and J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, all of whose works are currently available at the gallery.
The gallery has participated in many international art fairs, including Paris Photo, Paris; Arco, Madrid; Artissima, Torino; Arte Fiera, Bologna; Art Hong Kong; Art Fair Tokyo; and Pulse Miami. Since 2007 the gallery has collaborated with the book publisher Steidl in producing books and special editions. The gallery space in Florence is the only Steidl bookshop in Italy.
In April 2011 Brancolini Grimaldi opened a new gallery space on Albemarle Street, in central London, expanding on its existing galleries in Rome and Florence. It now represents a broad range of international artists who share a ground-braking and experimental approach to photography as a means of artistic expression. The gallery is dedicated to showcasing innovative artists whose work loosens photography from its traditional and conventional bounds. By introducing a more conceptual context to photography, it aims to redefine the future of the medium and the way it is displayed and experienced.
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