Bio

Mariella Bettineschi born in Brescia in 1948. The artist has probed, through different methods and materials, the possible relationships with reality through a multidisciplinary approach: painting, sculpture, architecture.

Photography and digital image have played a crucial role for her, thanks to their possibility of manipulation, comparable to traditional art instruments.

After participating in the XLIII Venice Biennale at the invitation of Achille Bonito Oliva, she was chosen by Wenzel Jacob for the Aspekte der Biennale Venedig exhibition at the Munich Art Forum (Mariella Bettineschi, Sylvie Blocher, Francesco Clemente, Enzo Cucchi, Toshikatsu Endo, Felice Levini, Illja Kabakov, Eliseo Mattiaci, Mimmo Paladino, Maurizio Pellegrin, Susanna Solano, Tom Van Summeren, Keiji Uematsu) and Hans Gercke for the exhibition Blau: Farbe der Ferne, at the Kunstverein in Heidelberg (Josef Albers, Mariella Bettineschi, Alighiero and Boetti, Irma Blanck, César, Marc Chagall, Sandro Chia, Tony Cragg, Wim Delvoye, Otto Dix, Jan Fabre, Max Ernst, Gilbert and George, Hans Hartung, Paul Jenkins, Wassily Kandinsky, Anish Kapoor, Paul Klee, Yves Klein , Urs Luthi, Pablo Picasso, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Salvo, Rafael Soto, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol).

From 1987 to 1993 she worked with the Galleria Emilio Mazzoli of Modena. In 1989 she moved to Berlin, where she works until 1995.
In 1990, published by Electa, her first monograph edited by Achille Bonito Oliva.
In 1992, the Paesaggio in nero installation at Villa Reale in Monza, curated by Paolo Biscottini and Giorgio Verzotti.

In 1994 she was invited by Amnon Barzel and Päivi Kiiski to partecipate at the European Sculpture City in Turku, Finland (Mariella Bettineschi, Leena Ikonen, Mario Merz, Micha Ulmann), where she installed the sculpture Celestial Car in front of the Wäinö Altonen Museum of Art.


Celestial car, 1994, reinforced plastic, stainless steel, rubber, glass fibre, 80 x 440 x 700 cm 

In 1998 she presents the exhibition Il primo racconto at the Galleria Continua in San Gimignano and in 1999 The dressing of the bride at the Kunstverein in Heidelberg, curated by Hans Gercke, Giorgio Verzotti and Gianni Romano.

From 2002 is the installation N.Y.C. Groundzero at the Museum of New Art in Detroit and the IIC in New York.

In 2006, the exhibition Voyager, curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio and Sid Sachs, which spans the United States, makes stops in New York from Dorfman Projects and New York University; to Philadelphia at The University of Arts; at the Santa Monica Museum of Art and the IIC in Los Angeles and in Detroit at the Museum of New Art

Voyager returns to Italy at the GAMEC Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Bergamo and at the San Pellegrino Space in Milan.

In 2013 Corraini Editore published the monograph Mariella Bettineschi, Un arcipelago mobile by Francesca Pasini, with a selection of works from 1980 to 2013, followed by several exhibitions including Zoom- Italian photography at the Remotti di Camogli Foundation (Vanessa Beecroft, Mariella Bettineschi, Luigi Ghirri, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Linda Fregni Nagler, Mimmo Jodice, Olivo Barbieri, Nico Vascellari, Stefano Arienti, Ugo Mulas, Paola di Bello, Rà Di Martino, Cesare Viel, Francesco Jodice, Elizabeth Aro, Marina Ballo Charmet, Andrea Botto, Maria Mulas).

In 2016 Giacinto Di Pietrantonio and Cristina Rodeschini invite her to the exhibition Atlas of images and shapes at the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Bergamo (Getulio Alviani, Cory Arcangel, Stefano Arienti, Mariella Bettineschi, Luciano Fabro, Ferrario Frères, Invernomuto, Renaud Jerez, Corrado Levi, Ken Okiishi, Adrian Paci, Giulio Paolini, Emilio Prini, Dan Rees, Sarah Sparkes, Josh Tonsfeldt and Remco Torenbosch).
In 2017 Alberto Fiz invites her to the exhibition From Duchamp to Cattelan, contemporary art at the Palatine Hill, Rome (Marina Abramović, Mario Airò, Mariella Bettineschi, Maurizio Cattelan, Paul McCarthy, Gino De Dominicis, Marcel Duchamp, Anya Gallaccio, Cai Guo-Qiang, Gilbert & George, Joseph Kosuth, Barbara Kruger, Richard Long, Claudia Losi, Allan McCollum, Gianni Pettena, Ugo La Pietra, Vettor Pisani, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Remo Salvadori, Denis Santachiara, Mario Schifano, Mauro Staccioli, Vedovamazzei, Luca Vitone, Sisley Xhafa).

In 2018 Giacinto Di Pietrantonio invites Mariella Bettineschi in the exhibition Raffaello, the echo of the myth at the Gamec of Bergamo (Vanessa Beecroft, Mariella Bettineschi, Christo, Giorgio de Chirico, Luciano Fabro, Pietro Fontana, Omar Galliani, Carlo Maria Mariani, Luigi Ontani, Giulio Paolini, Pablo Picasso, Pietro Roccasalva, Salvo, Ettore Spalletti, Francesco Vezzoli).


Raffaello, Fornarina, 2015, Digital painting on plexiglass, 120 x 80 x 2 cm

In 2018 Richard Saltoun Gallery in London invited her to Artissima, within the project The Subversive Stitch, curated by Paola Ugolini (Olga De Amaral, Mariella Bettineschi, Thomas De Falco, Silvia Giambrone, Greta Schodl, Annegret Soltau, Shelagh Wakely) and in Paris Photo, together with Eleanor Antin, Renate Bertlmann, Mariella Bettineschi, Elisabetta Catalano, Helen Chadwick, Gina Pane, Penny Slinger, Jo Spence, Annegret Soltau, Ulay.


Artissima 2018, Richard Saltoun Gallery, London
The Subversive Stitch, Curated by Paola Ugolini
Olga De Amaral, Mariella Bettineschi, Thomas De Falco,
Silvia Giambrone, Greta Schodl, Annegret Soltau, Shelagh Wakely