Tancredi Parmeggiani (Feltre, 25 September 1927 – Rome, 27 September 1964) was an Italian painter.
After spending his childhood in Belluno (where he attended high school at the Salesian college), in 1943 he interrupted classical studies to enroll in the artistic high school in Venice, which he completed two years later. In 1946 he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice to follow the courses of the Free School of the nude, taught by Armando Pizzinato. In this period he knows and makes friends with Emilio Vedova. At the end of 1947 the painter went to Paris, where he met the European avant-garde of the first half of the century. Between 1948 and 1949 he lives and works between Feltre and Venice and, in May 1949, he holds his first personal exhibition at the Sandri Gallery with a presentation by Virgilio Guidi. In 1950 he stayed in Rome, where he joined the Age d’Or group, which organized exhibitions and editions of the international avant-garde. The following year he took part in the 1st Exhibition of Italian Abstract Art at the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome. Shortly thereafter he returned to Venice, where he met Peggy Guggenheim, who provided him with a study of Ca ‘Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal and introduced him to the world of international collecting. Approaching also the environment of the Galleria del Cavallino by Carlo Cardazzo, participating in the Graziano Prize in December 1951, Tancredi, he would later join the Spatial Movement of Lucio Fontana, signing, among other things, in May 1952, the Manifesto of the Space Movement for the Television. Between 1952 and 1953 Tancredi won the first prize in Venice from the Bevilacqua La Masa collective exhibition with the work Aspiration in New York. In 1953 he exhibited at the Galleria del Naviglio in Milan, presented in the catalog by Peggy Guggenheim; figure in the Italy-France exhibition in Turin, where his works are placed alongside those of Hans Hartung. In 1954 he participated in Tendances Actuelles with Pollock, Wols, Mathieu at the Kunsthalle Bern. 1955 begins with the definitive separation from Peggy Guggenheim and ends with the departure for Paris, where she exhibits in a collective at the Galerie Stadler. In Paris he met Dubuffet, Asger Jorn, Karel Appel. In the following years he exhibited at the Saidenberg Gallery in New York, at the Hanover Gallery in London, at the Selecta Gallery in Rome and participated in Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. In 1958 he married the Norwegian painter Tove Dietrichson. Between 1958 and the end of 1959 he shared a study in Palazzo Carminati, home of the Bevilacqua la Masa Foundation. This period is documented by several paintings painted on the recto by one and on the other. In 1959 he exhibited at the Aries Gallery and returned to Paris, where his daughter Elizabeth was born in December. In the spring of 1960 he returned to Milan, where he collaborated permanently with the Ariete Gallery. This year he travels to Norway and exhibits at the Anti-Procès exhibition at the Galleria del Canale in Venice, joining the movement promoted by Alain Jouffroy and Jean Jacques Lebel against abstract academism. In 1962, after a trip to Sweden, he exhibited at the Venetian Canal Gallery and the Levi Gallery in Milan, and also received the Marzotto Prize in Valdagno. In this period, after the cycle of the Facezie and the Diari paesani, Tancredi significantly names some of his Hiroshima paintings and taking a stand against the commodification of art also creates the series of Fiori dipinti da me e da altri al 101 %. At the end of the same year a long nervous crisis begins, which will force him to be hospitalized in a clinic in Monza. He stayed briefly in Rome in 1963 and, shortly after the birth of his son Alessandro, he returned to Venice with his sister. Here he has a new hospitalization, he exhibits again in 1964 at the Venice Biennale and, after a short trip to Sweden with his wife, he returns again to Rome, a guest of his brother. Subsequently, he takes accommodation in a small hotel in Campo de ‘Fiori. Here, at the dawn of September 27, 1964, at the age of 37, Tancredi Parmeggiani takes his own life, throwing himself into the Tiber. His corpse is found on October 1st.
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