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Selected Works

 Paolo Colombo, Miope, Festosa e Bruna (1972), Watercolour collage on paper, 15.9 x10.9 cm

Paolo Colombo, Miope, Festosa e Bruna (1972), Watercolour collage on paper, 15.9 x10.9 cm

Press Release


Marc Jancou is honoured to present Paolo Colombo: Selected Works from 1970 to 1986 featuring works on paper spanning a seventeen year period by Paolo Colombo, born in 1949 in Torino, Italy. A limited edition catalogue published by Marc Jancou Contemporary will accompany the exhibition featuring a conversation between Paolo Colombo and writer Andrea Applebee. Accompanying a signed copy of the publication (limited edition of 100) will be a choice of two small contemporary photographs by Paolo Colombo, 2018, 10 x 10cm, each in an edition of 50. The photographs one a detail of an icon in Istanbul, and the other flowers in Venice were specially selected by the artist for the publication.


Marc Jancou presents a selection of rare early works by Paolo Colombo, which reflects the diverse interests of the artist and delicate sensibility that has carried through to his current practice. Colombo received a degree in languages and literature from the University of Rome in 1975. His art practice grew in parallel with his writing, incorporating text into his works on paper and carrying the evocative visuals of his poetry into his artwork.The formative years of his painting and drawing practice were self-taught, exploring simple principles of line, form and colour. In the 1980s, he moved into a more illustrative practice drawing from personal experience and using motifs of hands, animals and figures.

Colombo’s final exhibition before a long hiatus was in 1986 in a group exhibition at the Pensylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. From this point, he went on to have a career as a Curator in museums in the United States, Switzerland, Italy, Greece and Turkey. In 2014 Colombo has his first exhibition after many years in Athens. His recent work has a clear visual continuity with his early art practice.

Colombo's studio is in Athens, Greece. He is the Art Advisor for the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (2008 to present) and he collaborates with the Ruya Foundation, Baghdad, since 2017. Between 2001 and 2007, Colombo was the Curator of the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo in Rome, and the director of the Centre d’art contemporain in Geneva between 1989 and 2000. Recent exhibitions include Paolo Vs. Paolo, Espacio Valverde, Madrid, and Frosorina, Tristan Hoare, London in 2017. In 1977, Colombo was the first European artist to exhibit at PS1. 

Exhibiton located at:
La Placette 8, 1658 Rossinière, Switzerland

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