Niele Toroni

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Niele Toroni (born March 15, 1937 in Muralto[1]) is a Swiss painter. He lives and works in Paris.


In 1966 Toroni started a practice he calls "Travail-Peinture".[2] Toroni's method, brushstrokes made with imprints of a no. 50 paintbrush repeated at perpendicular 30 centimeter intervals,[3] was first shown at a debut in 1967 in Paris at an exhibition-performance at the Salon de la Jeune Peinture in the Musèe d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.[4] That same year, Toroni founded the BMPT (art group) together with Daniel Buren, Olivier Mosset, and Michel Parmentier.[5] In works like Miroir d’Eau (1973) and Vert Wagon (1977), the imprints made with a n°50 paintbrush are repeated at regular intervals of 30 cm.[6]


Toroni was included in documentas 7 (1982) and 9 (1992); São Paulo Art Biennial in 1991; and the Venice Biennale of 1976. Solo exhibitions include shows at Museum Kurhaus Kleve, Kleve, Germany in 2002; Niele Toroni: Histoires de Peinture at l'ARC/Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, in 2001; Musée Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, and Avignon 2000, France in 2000. Other venues include: Base at Centro d'Arte, Florence and Niele Toroni, Siena Centro d'Arte Contemporani, Palazzo della Papesse, Siena in 1999; CAPC Musée d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux in 1997; Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam in 1994; Centre Georges Pompidou in 1991, and Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1990; Villa Arson, Nice and the Musée de Grenoble in 1987. In 1995 he completed a Public Art Project on Rochdale Canal, Manchester, England.[7]

Toroni is represented by Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris.


Toroni's works are part of major collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg; the Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin; the Kunstmuseum Luzern; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich.


Toroni received the Wolfgang Hahn Prize, Cologne, Germany in 2003 and the French Vermeil Medal, awarded by the City of Paris in 2001.


  • This article was initially translated from the German Wikipedia.