Carla Accardi: Opera Aperta

4 Apr-16 May 2024

London W1S 3RG


Art and life, for me, run parallel. While I mythologised art on one hand, on the other, I sought to uncover its essence. I wished for people not to be so confined in front of the artwork; rather, I desired for the public to appreciate art by discovering the life behind it. But above all, I aimed to be an artist of my time, I wanted to discover what contemporaneity was.
- Carla Accardi, 2008

MASSIMODECARLO is pleased to present Carla Accardi: Opera Aperta, an exhibition dedicated to the renowned artist Carla Accardi, celebrated as one of the most significant figures of the 20th century. With works ranging from 1977 to 2013, the exhibition wants to honour the centenary of Accardi's creative brilliance while delving into the iconic practice of the “lady of the abstract” (“la signora dell’astratto”).

Born in Trapani, Sicily, in 1924, Accardi had a prolific career that spanned over six decades, characterised by a relentless pursuit of experimentation and innovation in artistic expression.

Emerging from the abstract-informal context of the post-war period and as a founding member of the Forma 1 group (comprising artists like Ugo Attardi, Pietro Consagra, Piero Dorazio, Mino Guerrini, Achille Perrinio, Antonio Sanfilippo - Accardi's husband - and Giulio Turcato), Accardi swiftly established her unique voice by immersing herself in elements that would later define her body of work: colour, sign, and abstract form.