Italian gallerists with four spaces in four different countries and a roster of big name artists on their books
In the idyllic Swiss municipality of Rossa one might find a candy-striped house. It’s a new permanent work by Daniel Buren. Step into the Chiesa di Santa Venera in Palermo this year and you’ll have likely found an alternative crucifixion made of a blanket, wallpaper, wax and epoxy. That was a collateral project by Berlinde De Bruyckere to coincide with Manifesta. Walk a block from Havana’s town hall, and you’ll find Galleria Continua, the gallery that sponsored these projects, and for whom working away from the central art hubs is second nature: Cristiani, Fiaschi and Rigillo’s other spaces are on the rural fringe of Paris, the Italian town of San Gimignano and – bucking their own trend – Beijing. Through this network they further the careers of, among others, Anish Kapoor (who collaborated with Buren on a show in Italy), Michelangelo Pistoletto (who showed new mirror paintings in China) and the estate of Chen Zhen (whose installation work the trio took to Cuba).