Concetto Pozzati. Photo: Vittorio Valentini

Concetto Pozzati (1935–2017)

Concetto Pozzati, a painter, educator, and former cultural advisor to the city of Bologna, died on August 1, Santa Ribbon of Artribune reports. The artist was eighty-one years old.

Born in Vo’ in the province of Padua, Italy, in 1935, Pozzati relocated to Bologna in 1949 where he studied at the city’s Art Institute. In 1955, he moved to Paris to work in graphic design and advertising at the atelier of his uncle, Severo (“Sepo”) Pozzati, with whom he later founded a school of advertising in Bologna. In 1959, the artist’s first exhibition was staged at the Salone dell'Annunciazione in Milan.

Pozzati’s works have also been featured in a number of international exhibitions including the Tokyo Biennale in 1963; both the Venice Biennale and Documenta Kassel in 1964; the Paris Biennale in 1969; and the Venice Biennale again in 1972, 1982, 2007, and 2009. In 1976, a major show comprising more than two hundred of his works was mounted at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome.

In 1998, he served as the director of the Casa di Mantegna in Mantua. Pozzati also taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Urbino and the Academies of Florence, and was the chair of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna.

The MAMbo Museum in Bologna, which dedicated an exhibition to the artist in 2015, issued a statement in which it recalled the artist’s involvement in the founding of the gallery and the establishment of its permanent collection. During his three-year term as councilor of the culture of the city of Bologna, Pozzati helped secure a donation of four hundred works on paper for the institution as well around thirty works by important Italian artists.