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Born in 1964, Andrea Benetti created and drew up the "Manifesto of Neo Cave Art" presented at the 53rd Venice Biennale, in the pavilion called "Nature and Dreams", located at the Ca 'Foscari University. Conceptually, the Manifesto is inspired by the genesis of art. In his works, Andrea Benetti cites, transfigures, plays, reinvents concepts and forms of Cave painting, creating an ideal bridge between the genesis of art and its contemporaneity. He has collaborated and still collaborates to the realization of projects with various Italian and foreign universities, including the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Bologna, Ferrara, Roma Tre, Lecce, Bergamo, Bari. These universities have carried out research on his art. Benetti's works are present in collections all over the world. In addition to the museums of contemporary art in Italy and abroad and prestigious private collections, including the United Nations, his works are present in the Quirinale (seat of the President of the Italian Republic), in the Italian Parliament, in the Vatican, in various Embassies. For this reason, he was received at the Quirinale (seat of the President of the Italian Republic), in the Chamber of Deputies (Italian Parliament) and in the Vatican, where he met Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. There are dozens of university professors and important art critics who have written about Benetti's art and have participated in the projects that the Italian painter has created.


United Nations Art Collection ∙ New York, U.S.A.

Vatican Art Collection ∙ Vatican, Italy

Virginia Commonwealth University ∙ Richmond, U.S.A.

MACIA ∙ Italian Contemporary Art Museum in America ∙ San Jose, Costa Rica

Argentine Ministry of Justice and Human Rights ∙ Buenos Aires, Argentina

Rinaldi-Paladino Art Museum Foundation ∙ Lugano, Switzerland

Copelouzos Family Art Museum Collection ∙ Athens, Greece

Italian Embassy in China ∙ Beijing, China

Italian Embassy in New Zealand ∙ Wellington, New Zealand

Quirinale Art Collection ∙ Italian Presidency of the Republic ∙ Rome, Italy

Montecitorio Palace ∙ Italian Parliament ∙ Chamber Of Deputie ∙ Rome, Italy

Mambo ∙ Museum of Modern Art Bologna ∙ Bologna, Italy

Museion ∙ Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Bolzano ∙ Bolzano, Italy

CAMeC ∙ Center of Modern and Contemporary Art ∙ La Spezia, Italy

Osvaldo Licini Contemporary Art Museum ∙ Ascoli Piceno, Italy

University of Ferrara Art Collection ∙ Ferrara, Italy

University of Bari Art Collection ∙ Bari, Italy

U.N.E.S.C.O. Art Collection ∙ Bologna, Italy

MuMi ∙ Michetti Museum ∙ Francavilla al Mare, Italy

Giacomo Casanova Foundation Art Collection ∙ Venice, Italy

Municipality of Lecce Art Collection ∙ Lecce, Italy

Amedeo Modigliani Museum ∙ Follonica, Italy

ARTinGENIO Museum ∙ Pisa, Italia

Silvestro Lega Museum ∙ Modigliana, Italy

Speleological Museum "Franco Anelli" ∙ Grotte di Castellana, Italy

Contemporary Art Museum ∙ Logudoro Meilogu Foundation ∙ Banari, Italy

Facchini Collection ∙ La Fenice et des Artistes ∙ Venice, Italy

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ANDREA BENETTI - COLORS IN VENICE La mostra intitolata Colors in Venice, curata dal professor Francesco Paolo Campione, nasce dall'invito della Fondazione Giacomo Casanova ad Andrea Benetti, ad essere il primo artista ad esporre nella nuova sede veneziana della Fondazione, situata nel centralissimo sestiere di San Marco, nello storico Palazzo Zagùri. Oltre ad essere onorato dal prestigioso invito, è subentrato per Andrea Benetti il legame affettivo e professionale, che lo lega alla città lagunare fin dal 2009, quando ha presentato alla 53. Biennale di Venezia, all'Università Ca' Foscari, il Manifesto dell'Arte Neorupestre. Nel Manifesto, Benetti ipotizza un ponte immaginario tra l'origine preistorica dell'arte e la sua contemporaneità. Negli anni successivi, in collaborazione con il D.A.R. Dipartimento delle Arti dell'Università di Bologna, ha ideato il progetto intitolato Colori e suoni delle origini, che è stato presentato nel 2013, a Bologna, a Palazzo D'Accursio, nel 2014
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In 2021 Andrea Benetti was contacted by the Copelouzos Family Art Museum for the acquisition of one of his works entitled "The white four-leaf clover", from 2021, size 35 x 35 cm, with oil and oxide technique on canvas. The work is made starting from a bas-relief created with a plaster background on the canvas. The bas-relief is then treated with a spatula with natural substances (in this case the oxides) and then cleaned in the protrusions and restore the three-dimensionality. Subsequently it is covered with a very thin layer of resin, to remove the air and avoid chromatic changes over time. Finally, the main parts of the work are colored with oil colors. The work belongs to the collection entitled "abstractionism of the origins", with which Andrea Benetti underlines the origin of abstractionism and symbolism, pictorial styles already born in the shadow of the caves of Prehistory.
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Andrea Benetti's exhibition, entitled “Timeless shapes”, curated by Elisa Mazzagardi, will be set up in the exhibition halls of the Legislative Assembly of the Emilia Romagna Regional Council, from September 28, to October 12, 2021. With this exhibition, Benetti wants to highlight the prehistoric origin of abstract art, underlining how widespread the use of recurring symbols was in it, comparable to today's digital iconography. Andrea Benetti inspires his art to the prehistoric one, which already contained within itself the future pictorial currents, then taken up by man in the course of history and made his own starting from the last millennia, up to the 1900s. Picasso himself, on a visit to the famous Cantabrian caves, said: "After Altamira, everything is decadent." The main mystery, which animates Benetti's curiosity and imagination, is the reason that pushed a primitive man to the need to paint. Another point on which the Bolognese artist focuses his attention is the modalities and
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