Lucio Amelio (born Naples, 13 September 1931 - died Naples, 2 July 1994) was an Italian art dealer, curator, and actor. For decades he contributed to make Naples an international art centre encouraging the dialogue between European and American contemporary arts.
Lucio Amelio was born on September 13, 1931 in Via dei Tribunali in Naples. He had four sisters - Marisa († 1981), Giuliana, Lina and Anna. Due to the Second World War, his family moved several times and settled in 1944 for twelve years in Resina. After graduating in 1949 from Liceo scientifico, Amelio enrolled in architecture studies at the University of Naples. Amelio quickly established himself as a leading figure in the international contemporary art market from the mid-sixties to the mid-nineties. In 1965 he opened the Modern Art Agency, a gallery in Parco Margherita dedicated to experimental art. In 1969 he opened the Galleria Lucio Amelio in Naples’ Piazza dei Martiri, which hosted exhibitions of artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Mario Merz, Jannis Kounellis, Keith Haring, Cy Twombly, Dieter Hacker.
In 1988, Lucio Amelio co-founded an art gallery in Paris in the middle of Saint Germain des Pres, in Rue Jacques Callot 4: Galerie Pièce Unique. Galerie Pièce Unique is still up and running working for contemporary art and in memory of the founder.
Later years and death
Lucio Amelio, HIV positive since 1987, died in his hometown of Naples as a result of AIDS on July 2, 1994.
Tomb on Capri
Lucio Amelio's grave is located on the Cimitero Acattolico, the non-Catholic cemetery, on Capri, where many international writers and artists such as the writer Norman Douglas and the French Baron Jacques d'Adelswärd-Fersen - whose house on Capri, the Villa Lysis, Amelio wanted to restore in the last few years of his life had - are buried. The gravestone, a large rectangular plate made of black Belgian marble was designed Amelio himself with the help of the art critic Michele Bonuomoa year before his death. In the middle of the marble slab, under the name of "Lucio Amelio", a circle is engraved, the interior of which, at the highest level of the sun, causes an intense light through a mirror effect; below is the inscription L'isola del Sonno (Isle of Sleep), which cites the title of a small object created by Joseph Beuys in Capri in the summer of 1974.
Lucio Amelio was also an actor. He worked with director Lina Wertmuller in four films.
- 1975, Pasqualino Settebellezze (Seven Beauties),
- 1978, Fatto di sangue fra due uomini per causa di una vedova, si sospettano moventi politici (Blood Feud),
- 1979, La fine del mondo nel nostro solito letto in una notte piena di pioggia (A Night Full of Rain),
- 1991, Wertmuller’s film for television Sabato, domenica e lunedì (Saturday, Sunday and Monday)
- 1992, Mario Martone’s Morte di un matematico napoletano (Death of a Neapolitan Mathematician)
- "Art dealer Lucio Amelio's adventure". Italy24. 2015-01-10. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
- "Naples remembers Lucio Amelio". Le Sirenuse Positano (Sirenuse Journal). Retrieved 2015-10-29.
- Achille Bonito Oliva, Eduardo Cicelyn - "Lucio Amelio" - Annali delle Arti, Arte Moderna - Skira Editore 2004
- "Napoli presente: posizioni e prospettive dell'arte contemporanea", di Lóránd Hegyi - Electa, Napoli 2005
- "Warhol, Beuys: omaggio a Lucio Amelio" - a cura di Michele Bonuomo, Mazzotta 2007
- Articolo pubblicato sul sito Artelabonline.com
- "Lucio Amelio". e-flux.com. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
- "Gli italiani di Hollywood: il cinema italiano agli Academy Awards", di Silvia Bizio - Gremese editore 2002
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