Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi - Exhibiting Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art

About Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi

Aboriginal Art Melbourne Since 1983

Gabrielle PizziGallery Gabrielle Pizzi has been exhibiting contemporary Australian Aboriginal art since 1983. The Gallery provides museum quality contemporary works to major national and international Collections including The National Gallery of Australia, Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands, and Australia's state and regional public galleries.

Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi represents the work of artists from communities and art centres including Balgo Hills, Tjala Arts, Papunya Tula Artists, Maningrida, Warmun Art Centre, Mimili Maku Arts and Kaltjiti Arts, as well as work by the most innovative city-based painters, photographers, video artists and installation artists such as Julie Gough, Leah King-Smith, Christian Thompson, Alick Tipoti and Ben McKeown. The Gallery is also renowned for promoting the careers of emerging artists.

Ethical Aboriginal Art

Gabrielle Pizzi was known for her integrity and always worked with art advisers from community art centres, ensuring that artists were paid correctly and new artists supported.

Gabrielle Pizzi made it her life's mission to have Aboriginal art accepted as powerful contemporary art, and since 1990, regularly curated exhibitions of Australian Aboriginal art internationally. Australian Art Collector states  “Pizzi stands alone among commercial dealers in her longstanding efforts to take Aboriginal art to the world.” and describes her as being “… instrumental in securing its international profile…”  (Issue 17, July - September 2001)

Dynamic Artwork

Gabrielle Pizzi brought the dynamic works of now renowned artists such as Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, George Tjungurrayi, Makinti Napanangka, Naata Nungurrayi, Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri and Emily Kame Kngwarreye to world audiences, organising exhibitions from Venice to Bangalore, Moscow to Madrid and Kiev to Jerusalem.

These and other artists such as John Mawurndjul, James Iyuna and Jimmy An.gunguna were shown as part of the 1990 Venice Biennale, and also in Pitture e Sculture dell’Australia Aborigena at the Spazio Krizia in Milano, and the Museo Di Sant’Agostino di Architectura in Genova in 1994 and 1995. Gabrielle Pizzi also curated Aboriginal Paintings from the Desert that toured Moscow, St Petersburg, Kiev and Minsk in 1992 and 1993. 

Australian Aboriginal Paintings

In 1993 Gabrielle Pizzi took Voices of the Earth, an exhibition of contemporary Australian Aboriginal paintings, photography and sculpture to Palazzo Intelligente, Palermo, Italy and then to Galleria Gottardo, Lugano, Switzerland in 1994.

Following this, in 1996, in conjunction with Asialink, Gabrielle Pizzi toured the collection to the Jehangir Nicholson Museum of Modern Art in Mumbai and to the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath in Bangalore, India, as well as the Seoul Arts Centre, Seoul, Korea. 

In 1997, Gabrielle Pizzi together with Italian art critic and founder of the Arte Povera movement, Achille Bonito-Oliva, curated Metamorphosis, a highly successful exhibition of photography by Leah King-Smith and sculpture by the Maningrida artists John Mawurndjul, England Bangala, Owen Yalandja, Jimmy An.gunguna and many others. The exhibition took place in the private garden of Palazzo Papadopoli, Venice, with images from Leah King-Smith’s Patterns of Connection series, projected onto the facade of a Palace across the Canal Grande. Metamorphosis was included in the Special Events program of the 1997 Venice Biennale.  As part of the later section of the 1999 Venice Biennale, Gabrielle Pizzi curated Beyond Myth - Oltre Il Mito an exhibition of Australian Aboriginal video, photography and photographic projections by artists Michael Riley, Brook Andrew, Destiny Deacon, Brendal Croft and Leah King-Smith.

Exhibition Travelled to The Museum of Aboriginal Art

In 2001, Gabrielle Pizzi, in conjunction once again with Achille Bonito Oliva, exhibited works from her Private Collection, at the Fondazione Palazzo Bricherasio, Torino, in the exhibition Aborigena. This exhibition travelled to the Museum of Aboriginal Art in Utrecht, The Netherlands in 2002 under the title Desert Art. The exhibition tour of Aborigena continued when it was shown at the Antiche Stanze di Santa Caterina in Prato, Italy in 2003.  Renamed Mythology & Reality, the exhibition has since toured to The Jerusalem Centre for the Performing Arts, Israel, in 2003, and then returned to Australia in 2004 for exhibitions at the SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney and the Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne.

In 2004, Samantha Pizzi assumed the reins at Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi and has maintained the Gallery's respected standing in the Indigenous and visual art communities. More recently Samantha has shown The Gabrielle Pizzi Collection in Paris, and in 2009 at the Tarrawarra Museum of Art, Healsville, Victoria. She plans to continue touring the Collection.

Art Shown at The National Gallery of Victoria

Selected works from the Gabrielle Pizzi Collection were included in the prestigious Remembering Forward exhibition held at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany. More recently in 2011, selected works have been included in the seminal Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art, shown at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and opening later in 2012 at the Musée du quai Branly, Paris France.

Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi has now relocated to Fitzroy and continues the traditions that Gabrielle Pizzi established; representing the very best of contemporary Aboriginal art and artists with integrity, care and respect.


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