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Enrico Castellani (b. 1930, Castelmassa / Italy; d. 2017, Celleno, Italy) was a painter, installation artist and a representative of conceptual art. His work made a significant contribution to the development of avant-garde art in Europe in the 1950s and 1960s. The central theme of his work is light and space. From 1958 he was a member of the group "Movimento Arte Nucleare", which also included Manzoni, Fontana, Picabia and Bonalumi. In 1959 Piero Manzoni and Enrico Castellani opened Galleria Azimut in Milan (1959-1963) and published the first issue of their magazine Azimuth. Castellani studied painting and sculpture at the Académie royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles, and architecture at the École de La Cambre, Brussels.

ZERO, Minimal Art, Informal painting

Azimut (the gallery) and Azimuth (the review) were initiated by Enrico Castellani and Piero Manzoni, and became one of the great catalysts of Italian and European visual and conceptual culture.

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