Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, 1937

Isgrò founded a new language, original and composite. The erasures that made him famous date back to the early sixties and opened the way to a new way of understanding the value of speech and communication. The artist began to intervene on the text, whether they were posters or books, comics and magazines, covering with a black mark decided most of the words. Many have accused him of carrying out a nihilistic action, but in reality his goal was exactly the opposite: erasure is the means through which he made some words and some sentences stand out in a particular way. The basis of his idea is to strengthen the dignity of the word.

Ph credits Lorenzo Palmieri




Conceptual artist and painter – but also poet, writer, playwright and director – Emilio Isgrò (Barcelona of Sicily, 1937) is one of the most internationally known names of Italian art between the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Since the sixties, Isgrò has created a work among the most revolutionary and original, which has earned him several participations at the Venice Biennale (1972, 1978, 1986, 1993) and the first prize at the Biennale di San Paolo (1977). The artist from 1956 to today lives and works in Milan, except for a parenthesis in Venice (1960-1967) as head of the cultural pages of the Gazzettino.


Espacio Uno, Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, (Madrid, 2004) Le Fil du Monde alla Fondazione Filatoio Rosso Caraglio, Cuneo (2018), Santa Sangre, Moritzkirche, Augsburg (2015) Los Otros, Ex Chiesa di San Carpoforo/Accademia di Brera, Milano (2015) Dreaming in red, Chateau La Napoule, Cannes, Mundo e Los otros, Gagliardi e Domke, Torino, All fires, The fire. Pasajist, Istanbul, Turkia.


BienNolo, Ex fabbrica Cova, Milano, Biennale Internationale de L’Art Contemporain, Casablanca, La rivoluzione siamo Noi – Collezionismo Italiano Contemporaneo, a cura di Alberto Fiz, XNL Piacenza Contemporanea; Take me with you, Mori Museum (Tokyo, 2006) I filo raccontato, Museo de Trento y Rovereto (2002) Biennale Internationale de L’Art Contemporain, Casablanca, Andata e Ritorno, El Cairo, Egipto, Kunst/Stoff Tim Museum Texile, Augsburg; La Escuela del Sur, el taller de Torres García y su legado (1991) Archer M. Huntington Gallery (Austin), Museo Monterrey.