Cecco Bonanottebiography

1942 Cecco Bonanotte was born at Porto Recanati, in the Marche (Italy), on 24 August.
1959 Moved to Rome to attend the Sculpture Course at the Accademia di Belle Arti.
1960 Participated in the first Art Exhibition of Italian Students. The jury, including Giorgio De Chirico, Pericle Fazzini and Giuseppe Ungaretti, awarded him a prize for sculpture. At the Academy he got to know Maria Antonietta De Mitrio, whom he would marry in 1964.
1964 Awarded an international scholarship by the government of the People’s Republic of Romania to study at the Institute of Plastic Arts in Bucharest. The journey to Romania, through Austria and Hungary, represented an important period of study and reflection on the work of the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi. Won a scholarship at the Institute of Architecture and Decorative Art in Brussels.
1965 Having concluded his studies, he begun to teach Drawing and Decorative Modeling at the Accademia di Belle Arti and Liceo Artistico in Rome. Increasingly entered into contact with the Roman art scene, participating in the cultural ferment of those years, his studio on the Via Canova, the former ‘foundry’ of Antonio Canova, was frequented by such artists as Raffaele Alverti, Jose Ortega, Pericle Fazzini and Sergio Selva.
1971 At his first one-man show at the Galleria Schneider in Rome, some of the works on display were purchased by American collectors, but the majority were bought by Fujii Kimihiro. The sculptor’s contacts with Japan thus began; they would play a fundamental role in his artistic development. To this day Fujii Kimihiro is his main private gallery agent. Assigned the commission to execute two works for the St. John Apostle and Evangelist Church in Mililani Town (Hawaii).
1972 Won the competition for the bronze door for the Istituti Ospitalieri in Cremona. The first bronze door ever made by Bonanotte, it is dedicated to the theme of the Ascension. In developing the theme, the artist devised a solution in which the three dimensions of sculpture dialogue with the two dimensions of painting.
1974 For the Michelangelo Celebrations he made the Sculpture in Different Materials, which would later be displayed in the Michelangelo birthhouse-museum at Caprese Michelangelo. A work in which “confrontation”, a cardinal of Bonanotte’s sculpture, is expressed in two parallel forms: the first iconographic, represented by the intimate dialogue between the two stone figures; the other, a play on the material itself, between the stone of the figures, the bronze of the two large birds and the copper of the canopy against which they are set, emphasizing the inaccessibility of the contact that unites them.
1975 With the work Flight Waiting 1975 he participated in the Ocean Expo in Okinawa. His sculpture represented contemporary Italian art in the Italian Pavilion. The Osaka Formes Gallery enabled him to show his works in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. Bonanotte was in Tokyo for the inauguration of the first solo show dedicated to him in Japan. On the occasion of the Holy Year, he sculpted the Casket for the documents marking the closing of the Holy Door in the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, and the Votive Lamp, later placed in the Catacombs of St. Callixtus, in commemoration of the Holy Year 1975.
1976 His work Flight Waiting 1975, presented at the Ocean Expo in Okinawa in the previous year, was given a permanent home in the Italian Embassy in Tokyo. On leaving his studio on the Via Canova, he moved to an old farmhouse in the Roman country-side, where he still lives and works. Went to Luxembourg for a one-man show at the Galerie Hibou.
1977 Attended the one-man show in his honor at the Galerie Basilisk in Vienna. Returned to Tokyo for his one-man show at the Hiro Gallery.
1978 Won the “Icaro” Competition held by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in Rome, with a work entitled Icarus, later placed in the Ministry’s head-quarters in Rome. Sculptured between 1975 and 1978, the work is animated by a fluctuating movement which places it in a natural and harmonious relations with the context in which it is situated.
1979 Retrospective at the Galleria Michaud in Florence. Participated in the group exhibition Testimonies of the Spirit, inaugurated by John Paul 2 in the Braccio di Carlo Magno in St. Peter’s Square. The exhibition consisted of autograph documents and manuscripts presented by protagonists of contemporary culture to Paul 6 on his 80th birthday. Bonanotte was represented by nine portraits, counterpointing various texts; they are now in the Vatican Apostolic Library. He returned to Korea for the one-man show at the Space Gallery in Seoul. His work Man and Bird was placed in the Korean Embassy in Tokyo. The subject is a recurrent one in the artist’s work; ever since the beginning of his career, he has explored the relationship between man and bird: the two are confronted in a symbolic “dialogue” between humanity and nature.
1980 Returned to Japan for a traveling one-man show, held successively at the Maruzen Gallery in Sendai, the Mikimoto Gallery in Tokyo, the Fukuoka Gallery in Fukuoka and the Kobe Gallery in Kobe.
1981 Last leg of his traveling solo show at the Garando Gallery in Nagoya.
1982 One-man show at the Mikimoto Gallery in Tokyo and the Keitaido Gallery in Osaka.
1983 Fascinated by oriental culture, with which he had developed a profound rapport over the last decade, he made several journey to the Far East in the quest for new sources of inspiration.
1984 Traveled to Canada where his one-man show inaugurated the opening of the Italian Institute of Culture in Toronto. Then to Montreal for his one-man show at the Galerie Esperanza, and Ottawa for his one-man show at the Galerie Montcalm-Hull.
1985 The artist’s exhibition activity during these years became so intensive that he decided to resign his teaching post to dedicate himself completely to sculpture. Many one-man shows: at the Metropolitan Museum of Manila; at The Charles H. Scott Gallery in Vancouver; and at the Hiro Gallery in Tokyo. The United Nations presented by John Paul 2 with Bonanotte’s Travels of St. Paul, sculpted for the St. Paul in Contemporary Art exhibition in 1977. During his journey to Kenya the Pope gave the work on permanent loan to the UNO; it was placed in the UN regional headquarters in Nairobi. Once again in Montreal for a second solo show at the Galerie Esperanza.
1986 One-man show at the Keitaido Gallery in Osaka. Returned to Seoul to organize a one-man show at the Kyung in Gallery, Three of the works on display, Confrontation, Confrontation,Ⅰ and Mixed Technique on Canvas, were later installed in the new Italian Institute of Culture and in the Italian Embassy in Seoul. His one-man show at the Westpac Gallery Victorian Arts Centre in Melbourne introduced the southern hemisphere edition of the “Festival of the Three Worlds”. One of the works displayed in Melbourne, The Tightrope Walkers, was later installed in the Italian Embassy in Canberra. At a ceremony in Florence, Capital of European Culture, the International Medical Academy conferred on him the “Lorenzo the Magnificent” prize for the figurative arts.
1987 His bronze Colloquium was placed in the Palazzo Madama, seat of the Senate of the Italian Republic in Rome. Return visit to Canberra to survey the site for a work commissioned from him for the new Parliament House of the Australian Federation.
1988 His one-man show at the Galerie Apicella in Bonn. Traveled to Israel for a one-man show at the Herzliya Museum of Tel Aviv. Traveled to Turkey for a one-man show at the Resim ve Heykel Muzesi in Istanbul. Invited to hold exhibitions in Chicago and in Seoul. Went to France for a one-man show at the Galerie Beau Lezard in Paris. Returned to Korea for a solo show at The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul. The large circular sculpture Colloquium donated by the Italian Parliament to the new Parliament House in Canberra, to mark the Bicentenary of Australia.
1989 Visit to the USA for a one-man show at the Renata Gallery in Chicago. Nippon Television and the Japan Association of Art Museums invited him to hold a traveling exhibition of his works.
1990 Visit to Germany for a one-man show at the Sudstadt Galerie in Cologne. Traveled to Japan for the traveling exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in Toyama, the Shimonoseki City Art Museum, The Museum of Kyoto and the Odakyu Grand Gallery in Tokyo.
1991 Received the commission for the installation of the sculpture The Tightrope Walkers in the Shimonoseki City Art Museum.
1992 One-man show at the Art Dialogue Gallery in Toronto. Received commission for three sculptures for a fountain installed in Sports Square in Saiki City, Oita, Japan.
1993 Participated in the Hong Kong Arts Festival with a solo show at the Rotunda in Hong Kong.
1994 Once again invited by the Japan Association of Art Museums. In collaboration with Nippon Television, to exhibit his works in five museums. The exhibition was scheduled to be held between 1997 and 1998.
1995 With his sons Francesco Maria and Pier Paolo Maria he designed the Nakatomi Memorial Medicine Museum at Tosu-Saga, in which he placed his plurimetal sculpture Seeds of Life: a work consisting of six large panels, in which the sculptor re-elaborated some of his recurrent themes - Seeds, Tightrope Walkers, Confrontation, Colloquium, Nocturnal Flight, Waiting - exploring in depth the expressive potential of the chromatic variations derived from the use of different alloys.
1996 Japan’s institute of Architecture and Construction Science awarded him the Special Prize for “Architecture and Environment” for his design of the Nakatomi Memorial Medicine Museum. Realized the portal of The Muses for the new Library of Toyota City; a door in which Bonanotte continued the exploration of modular.
1997 The traveling exhibition Duality - Cecco Bonanotte and Maria Antonietta De Mitrio opened at the Tobu Museum of Art in Tokyo.
1998 The traveling exhibition continued in the following venues: The Museum of Modern Art in Toyama, Takamatsu City Museum of Art in Kagawa, Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art in Fukushima and Nakatomi Memorial Medicine Museum in Tosu-Saga. His two works Tightrope Walkers - Confrontation and Waiting placed in the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art in Aichi. The Via Crucis, the Crucifixion and the furnishings for the Church of St. Mary in Kobe commissioned from him.
1999 Commissioned by the Vatican Museums to produce the bronze portal for the new entrance to the Museums.
2000 John Paul 2 inaugurated the new entrance to the Vatican Museums. Exhibited his work, Earth, Man, Nature and Technique at the Expo in Hanover. His bronze group Man, placed on the exterior of the Holy See’s pavilion. The Senate of the Italian Republic donated his work Awaiting Ascension to John Paul 2 for the Great Jubliee of the Year 2000. The work was placed in the Garden of the Museums at the entrance to the Carriage Museum.
2001 The sculpture presented at the Expo in Hanover was installed in the garden of the new Apostolic Nunciature in Berlin. For the same Nunciature Bonanotte made two bronze doors, the Annunciation and the Calling of Peter, which are now placed respectively at the entrance to the Nunciature itself and to its Chapel. Participate in the show “Italy and Japan 2001” at Print Museum in Tokyo, where he placed 214 works on mixed technique on paper and 3 bronze relieves inspired to Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri.
2002 Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical bought the work inspired to Divine Comedy, which was installed in the Nakatomi Memorial Medicine Museum at Tosu-Saga. The Buddhist archbishop Shuin Matsukubo invited him to organize a one-man show in the gardens of Yakushiji Temple at Nara.
2003 Attended the one-man show at Yakushiji Temple in Nara where his polymaterial relief, The Theatre of Life, was placed. The Miyazaki Prefectural Museum placed in one room dedicated to him 20 Sequence-relieves in bronze.
2004 The twelve Pontiffs of the back-side of the New Entrance of the Vatican Museums and the sculpture Awaiting-Hope were exhibited in the United States in a traveling show, Saint Peter and the Vatican at Houston Museum of Natural Science, Texas; Fort lauderdace Museum of Art, Florida; Cincinnati-Cincinnati Museum Center, Ohio; San Diego Museum of Art, California. Opera di Santa Croce, the Gallery of the Uffizi and the Vatican Museums presented the exhibition of 103 Tables on mixed technique on paper, dedicated to the “Divine Comedy” in the Pazzi’s Chapel. The polymaterial relief The Theatre of Life is installed in the garden of the Cloister of Santa Croce.
2005 The sculpture Confrontation, Exhibited during 1997-1998 in a traveling exhibition around 5 Japanese museums, is installed in the New National Museum of Art in Osaka. One-man show in the Hiro Gallery in Tokyo. For the Conclave in the Sistina’s Chapel, he sculptured 3 Urns (ballot boxes) to cast ballots for the election of the new Pontiff. 103 Tables, dedicated to the “Divine Comedy” are acquired by the Gallery of Uffizi, are exposed for the one-man show in the Cabinet of Drawing and Printing. For the Senate of the French Republic he sculpted a bronze portal of the Musee de Luxembourg in Paris.
2006 The bronze portal for the Senate of the French Republic is installed in the Musee du Luxembourg in Paris. One-man show “Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri" was held at Italian Institute of Culture in Tokyo. One-man show was held at The Hakone Open-air Museum.
2007 One-man show was held at Italian Institute of Culture in Tokyo.
2009 One-man show was held at HIRO GALLERY, Ginza, Tokyo.
Designed the Church of Vatican Embassy in Japan. Also made sculptures and painting installed there.
2010 Made the portal of the Church of Vatican Embassy in Japan.
2011 Made the works installed in SACRA FAMIGLIA (OSAKA UMEDA CATHOLIC CHURCH). And his son and an architect, Pier Paolo Maria Bonanotte designed the church.
2012 Awarded the 24th Praemium Imperiale: Sculpture