Emilio Prini - Typewriter Drawings. 1970-1975

19 Jul-27 Sep 2024
PV 18 Jul 2024, 6-8pm

London W1B 4BQ


The exhibition Emilio Prini – Typewriter Drawings 1970/1975 – curated by Luca Lo Pinto with Timotea Prini – brings together an important nucleus of works on paper created by Emilio Prini using an Olivetti 22 typewriter between 1970 and 1975.

The drawings, never exhibited by the artist during his lifetime, offer an interesting glimpse into the most intense years of Prini's artistic and exhibition activity, which became increasingly sparse after 1975. The early 1970s represent a period of great creative vitality for the Ligurian artist, and these works clearly demonstrate how vast and elusive his thoughts and obsessions were.

The Lettera 22, launched by the Olivetti company in 1950, was one of the most successful products in Italy and worldwide, used for writing until the advent of computers. An industrial, standard object that Emilio Prini used to draw, develop mathematical formulas, imagine two-dimensional architectures, invent nursery rhymes, record insights, and prove ideas.

Emilio Prini – Typewriter Drawings. 1970/1975 is conceived in dialogue with the exhibition project Emilio Prini – Typewriter Drawings. Bologna/Munich/Rome. 1970/1971 which opens on September 28 at the Fondazione Antonio Dalle Nogare, Bolzano, Italy.

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Emilio Prini - Typewriter Drawings. 1970-1975 press release