Cortesi Gallery Expands to Italy With a New Space in Milan

The third venue will join existing locations in London and Lugano.

Cortesi Gallery has announced that it will debut a new space in Milan, slated to open on May 3 with an exhibition of work by Nicola de Maria. The venue will be the gallery’s third, joining existing locations in London and Lugano.

The inaugural show, simply titled “Nicola de Maria. From the Venice Biennale 1990,” will present the five room-size installations of paintings by de Maria, ranging from about 10 to 15 feet in size, originally shown in the 1990 biennale.

Nicola de Maria is widely regarded as a leading figure in the Transavanguardia movement, which owner Stefano Cortesi indicated will be the gallery’s chosen area of focus as it continues to develop.

“Over the years, we have noticed a loss of interest in the exponents of Transavanguardia from the market and some dealers who followed their careers and promoted them in the 80s and 90s. We strongly believe in the quality of their work and we will endeavor to give adequate visibility to artists of this movement,” elaborated Mr. Cortesi in a statement.

The expansion points to the gallery’s steady growth rate: the first space in Lugano was launched in 2013, with the second London site joining soon after in 2015.

“The decision to open in Milan draws on the necessity of meeting Italian collectors’ needs and [tapping] into the ever-expanding international audience, attracted to the city by its wide offering of popular events and the growing number of museums and private foundations,” said Mr. Cortesi’s sons, Andrea and Lorenzo Cortesi.

“For us, it is an important return and homage to our Milanese roots and the new 350-square-meter space will offer unprecedented possibilities in terms of display,” they concluded.

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