Agostino Bonalumi was an Italian abstract artist who was a part of the Post-War avant-garde movement and associated with the ZERO movement.

Bonalumi is best known for his shaped vinyl-coated monochromatic canvases. He created the term “extroflexions” which referred to an intricate stretcher which he would use to mold his canvases to create the illusion an invisible force pushing out from underneath. Bonalumi referred to his works as Picture-Objects. In the 1960s, Bonalumi expanded his materials to include metals, and he enlarged the scale of his work, ultimately creating installations. He participated in several biennales and in 2002, he was awarded the Presidente della Republica Prize.

His work is represented in public collections including Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; Museu Colecçao Berardo, Lisbon; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. It has been the subject of numerous international exhibitions, including retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art, Fort Lauderdale (1981), Institut Matildenhohe, Darmstadt (2003), Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2011).

Available artworks

Agostino Bonalumi, Azzurro, 1997
Agostino Bonalumi, Blu, 1966
Agostino Bonalumi, Blu, 1988