Born 1973 in Fano, Italy.

Lives and works in Pesaro and Milan.


2009 ACACIA Prize for Contemporary Art, Italy

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2019 Sta arrivando il temporale / The Storm is Coming, GAMeC, Bergamo
2016 Transcript, Galerie Stadtpark, Krems
2015 Francesco Gennari, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Turin
Francesco Gennari, FRAC Corse, Corte
2014 Francesco Gennari, Museo Marino Marini, Florence
2012 Francesco Gennari, Castello di Fosdinovo, Fosdinovo
2009 Picture this! Francesco Gennari, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle
2008 Francesco Gennari, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Etienne Métropole, Saint-Etienne

Group Exhibitions (selection)

2019 Joint is out of Time, Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome
2018 Selection of works from the NMNM collection, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, Monaco
2017 Strange Days, Le Plateau/FRAC Île-de-France, Paris
2016 Ennesima. Una mostra di sette mostre sull’arte italiana, Triennale di Milano, Milan
Otium #1 and Kata Tjuta, Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne
Nomadisme, FRAC Corse, Corte
2015 Il museo ideale: Capolavori dai musei italiani del XX secolo e dalla collezione Acacia, Museo del Novecento, Milan
2014 Résonance(s), Maison Particulière, Brussels
2013 Paint It Black, Le Plateau / FRAC Île-de-France, Paris
2011 Surreal Versus Surrealism in Contemporary Art, IVAM Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Valencia
Arte essenziale, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt
2010 Die Natur der Kunst, Kunstmuseum Winterthur
2009 Italics. Arte italiana tra tradizione e rivoluzione 1968–2008, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Italics. Arte italiana tra tradizione e rivoluzione 1968–2008, Palazzo Grassi, Venice
Manifesta 7, Trentino Alto Adige

Francesco Gennari’s artistic practice is based on minimalist formal characteristics and a metaphysical approach. Characterized by its conceptual consistency, Gennari’s work draws from a cosmology of divergent mediums (Murano glass, bronze, marble, gin, mint syrup), selected not for their outward appearance but for their inherent specificities. Their apparent matter-of-fact aspect contrasts with the artist’s attachment to the ideas of sensibility and poetry that lay behind the experience of being in this world. The primary subject of Gennari’s work is the invisible—what one is not able to see and that is made visible by the artist—which he materializes into organic and material objects.