An exhibition in Rome dedicated to Vanni Scheiwiller, the journalist and art critic who was Adolfo Wildt's grandson


The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea pays tribute to Vanni Scheiwiller (Milan, 1934 - 1999), a character who traversed culture, not only Italian, of the twentieth century like few others, engaged in professional experiences intense in richness and quality, almost always intertwined with the personal vicissitudes of poets and artists.

His kinship with sculptor Adolfo Wildt, Scheiwiller’s maternal grandfather, is a guarantee of an early familiarity with art. Wildt teaches at theBrera Academy and is the teacher of Fausto Melotti, Vanni’s most beloved, two figures who are respectively the starting point and the point of arrival in his encounter with the art world. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of his death in 1999, this exhibition focuses on Scheiwiller’s talent, focusing on his work as an art editor, sensitive connoisseur and friend of artists, whom he frequented and followed, including through his work as a “chronicler” in newspapers and magazines.

Spanning almost a century, the exhibition revolves around two rooms dedicated to Adolfo Wildt and Fausto Melotti, touching on schools, trends and languages crossed by Vanni Scheiwiller. The works, collected by Vanni and, since 1980, by his wife Alina, mostly still in the Milan house, are by the following artists: Vincenzo Agnetti, Rafael Alberti, Assadour, Kengiro Azuma, Amerigo Bartoli, Luigi Bartolini, Carlo Belli, Jan Berdyszak, Martin Bradley, Alberto Burri, Massimo Campigli, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Felice Casorati, Enrico Castellani, Arnoldo Ciarrocchi, Roman Cie┼?lewicz, Eduardo Chillida, Fabrizio Clerici, Jean Cocteau, Pietro Consagra, Aldo Galli, Giorgio De Chirico, Enrico Della Torre, Stanis┼?aw Fija┼?kowski, Fillia, Lucio Fontana, Tullio Garbari, Henri Gaudier Brzeska, Franco Gentilini, Arnaldo Ginna, Gianluigi Giovanola, Jerzy Grabowski, Alina Kalczynska, Janina Kraupe, Bice Lazzari, Osvaldo Licini, Leo Longanesi, Mino Maccari, Mario Mafai, Piero Manzoni, Giacomo Manz├╣, Arturo Martini, Marcello Mascherini, Tadeusz Myslowski, Amedeo Modigliani, Giorgio Morandi, Fran├žois Morellet, Bruno Munari, Giulia Napoleone, Mario Nigro, Gastone Novelli, Roman Opalka, Jos├ę Ortega, Ryszard Otr─?ba, Jerzy Panek, Ivo Pannaggi, Tancredi Parmeggiani, Pablo Picasso, Edmund Piotrowicz, Antonietta Rapha├źl, Regina, Nino Ricci, Elio Roccamonte, Angelo Savelli, Alberto Savinio, Ruggero Savinio, Gino Severini, Scipione, Krzysztof Sk├▓rczewski, Silvano Scheiwiller, Jan Tarasin, Antoni Starczewski, Guido Strazza, Emilio Vedova, Luigi Veronesi, Renzo Vespignani, Giuseppe Viviani, Anna Sobol Wejman, Ryszard Winiarski, Stanislaw W├▓jtowicz, Ewa Zawadzka.

Vanni Scheiwiller was born in Milan on Feb. 8, 1934, to Giovanni, a bookseller and publisher, and Artemia Wildt. In 1951 the father ceded to his son, still a high school student, the business of the publishing house All’Insegna del Pesce d’Oro . Poetry and art are the two vocations of the house that Vanni equally respects while seeking, in order to make ends meet, editorial consultancies (Rusconi, Garzanti, Mondadori) and keeping art columns for several periodicals (“Europeo,” “Panorama,” “Il Sole 24 ore-Domenica”). In 1977 he founded his second publishing house, Libri Scheiwiller, with which he published prestigious series related to banking commissions. Significant are those supported by Credito Italiano(Antica Madre, Civitas Europaea), industrial groups(Italian Artists in Russia) and other banking institutions(Foreign Presences in the Life and History of Italy, Nativity Scenes, Writers from Vicenza). In 1980 he married Polish artist Alina Kalczy┼?ska and through her Polish culture of the second half of the 20th century, and especially poetry, entered Italy. Nobel laureates Mi┼?osz (1980) and Szymborska (1996), today the most widely read and loved poet in Italy, find in him their first publisher. He died in Milan on October 17, 1999

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An exhibition in Rome dedicated to Vanni Scheiwiller, the journalist and art critic who was Adolfo Wildt's grandson
An exhibition in Rome dedicated to Vanni Scheiwiller, the journalist and art critic who was Adolfo Wildt's grandson


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