Lorusso Arte, a short biography of a long journey.

Italy holds about 70% of the world’s cultural heritage. The Italian situation with regard to cultural initiatives related to contemporary art is particular because derisory public structures have been matched by the most active private initiative in the Western world.

Galleries in every context are to be considered as cultural intermediaries who, even in difficult situations such as that of southern Italy, have had the task of providing information, producing culture, forming a taste for works of contemporary art.

In this context, since the mid-80s, the activity of Luxury Art and Design has been taking place.

Lorusso Arte, in fact, was one of the first structures in Italy to organize events that present works of design alongside works of art. The first event of this kind was “Design meets art” in April 1983 with the architect Roberto Pamio and the painter Emilio Tadini. In November 1983, in collaboration with Studio Marconi in Milan, 26 Acqueforti by Picasso are on display.
Followed by the “Aphorisms” of the designer Antonia Astori. Lorusso Arte’s attention to design reached a great goal with the presence of Achille Castiglioni in December 1986.
Events as diverse as the presentations of books by Raffaele Nigro, Francesco Giorgino or debates such as the one on Bioarchitecture will accompany exhibitions of considerable interest in an organic program opened in January 1991 with the exhibition “Humus” by Gaetano Grillo. In May 1991, 25 graphic works, including engravings and lithographs by Giorgio De Chirico, will be on display.
Borek Sipek exhibited his works in December 1991 in the exhibition entitled “Malastrana”.
In March 1992 the “Great Works” of Mimmo Rotella from the Berlin Museum were the protagonists.
In May 1992 the exhibition “Opere Uniche” by Emilio Tadini.

There are collective exhibitions of graphic works of major exponents of European Pop Art, such as Mario Schifano, Valerio Adami, Lucio Del Pezzo, Ugo Nespolo and Enrico Baj. In February 1993, works of painting and sculpture by Michele Zaza were on display.

In April 1994 it was the turn of an important presentation of works designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the birth of the great American architect.

In March of the same year Carlo Fusca exhibited his works in an exhibition entitled “L’antico come metafora”. In November 1994 Lorusso Arte took part in a major exhibition in Fusca entitled “The myth, the sea, the heroes” held in Bari at Villa Romanazzi Carducci. In December 1994 Lorusso Arte, in collaboration with the Bonomo gallery in Bari, hosted in a group show entitled “Corpo all’ombra” the works of Franco Dellerba, Luigi Giandonato, Iginio Iurilli and Franco Menolascina.
In 1994 he participated in the Expo-Arte. In the period 1995-96 he worked for the cultural association “Contemporanea”, with the aim of promoting the work of artists working in the area. Since 2002 it has resumed the organization of exhibitions at its headquarters dedicated to Gaetano Grillo, Franco Menolascina and Michele Zaza, whose works in this period are also present in major exhibition venues in Milan, Rome and Turin.

In 2008 Lorusso Arte Contemporanea, in a renovated structure, hosts the exhibition of the Japanese artist Tsuchida Yasuiko. It then displays “I Codici Minati / exlibri” by Carlo Fusca.
In April 2009 the presentation of the book Lo strano caso di Federico II di Svevia, by M. Brando.

And more:
2009 May, “Not a bad day” by Franco Menolascina.
2009 July, “Hugs” by Gaetano Grillo.
2009 September, “Manologias”, a show by the Festival Castel dei Mondi.
2009 September, “Mesa – soul of the house” Meeting with designer Alfredo Häberli.
2009 November, “Art and Music”, a meeting with the teacher and Tsuchida Yasuiko Federica Fornabaio.
2009 December “Geometrical Games”, architects and designers design their carpet Scandinavian geometries.
2010 May, “Man Ray – The Fifty Faces of Juliet”, photo exhibition by Man Ray in collaboration with the Marconi Foundation in Milan.

Anna Maria Sergio


– Giorgio de Chirico – Opere grafiche
– Emilio Tadini – disegni e opere pittoriche


– Man Ray. The Fifty Faces of Juliet
– Kasthall – Giochi geometrici


– Arte & Musica, incontro con Tsuchida Yasuhiko e il maestro Federica Fornabaio
– Schiffini presenta la cucina Mesa, design by Alfredo Häberli
– Gaetano Grillo – abbracci
– Manologias, spettacolo a cura del Festival Castel dei Mondi
– Franco Menolascina – non è una cattiva giornata


– Fvsca – “I codici minati exlibri”
– Tsuchida Yasuhiko – “PAINTINGS AND SCULPTURES”


– Gaetano GRILLO – “mediterranea-mente”


– Emilio TADINI, “Le figure le cose”, acquerelli.


Carlo FUSCA, “Il mito, il mare, gli eroi”.


– Michele ZAZA, “Opere Uniche”
– Carlo FUSCA, “L’antico come metafora”.
– “I maestri” – Frank Lloyd WRIGHT, in collaborazione con Cassina.


– Rassegna di pittori Andriesi, “L’arte come figurazione”.
– Mimmo ROTELLA, “Opere uniche, acqueforti e serigrafie 1990-1991”.
– Emilio TADINI, “Opere uniche”.


– Mostra collettiva, “Trasfigurazioni”.
– Giorgio DeCHIRICO, “Opera grafica 1969-1977.
– Gaetano GRILLO, “HUMUS”
– Cassina presenta “Segni di casa”, design Francesco BINFARE’.
– Borek SIPEK, per Driade “Aleph – Malastrana – Follies”.


– Roberto PAMIO – Emilio TADINI, “Il design s’incontra con l’arte”
– Pablo PICASSO, “Acqueforti”. In collaborazione con la galleria Giò Marconi
– Antonia Astori, “Aforismi”. Collezione di mobili per Driade


Adami Valerio
Asch Tony
Baj Enrico
Castellani Lucio
Ceroli Mario
Dalì Salvador
De Chirico Giorgio
Defilippi Fernando
Del pezzo Lucio
Dellerba Franco
Dorazio Piero

Fusca Carlo
Giandonato Domenico
Grillo Gaetano
Hisao Chin
Indiana Robert
Iurilli Igino
Laquaniti Renato
Marotta Gino
Menolascina Franco
Munari Bruno
Nag Arnaldo

Nespolo Ugo
Occhipinti Angela
Palma Urano
Pardi Gianfranco
Philips Peter
Piccinni Roberto
Pozzati Concetto
Ramos Mel
Ray Man
Rotella Mimmo
Scanavino Emilio

Schifano Mario
Spoldi Aldo
Sylos labini Giuseppe
Tadini Emilio
Tilson Joe
Tsuchida Yasuhiko
Turcato Giulio
Veronesi Luigi
Warhol Andy
Zaza Michele