Art Cinema and Photography

Cerri: the art of two generations – Museo Italo-Americano, SF

October 22, 2021 – February 20, 2022

Giancarlo and Giovanni Cerri’s exhibition is an ideal opportunity for a comparison between this father and son, two quite different Milanese artists in their themes and expressive language. Giancarlo started out as a figurative artist focusing mostly on the theme of nature. His painting progressively evolved – in the nineties – into the abstract. Giovanni is instead attracted to a narrative form, focusing on the urban landscape, and the interpretation of industrial archaeology.

The two artists have already had the occasion to exhibit together at the Museo della Permanente in Milan (2008), at the Frankfurter Westend Galerie in Frankfurt-am-Main (2013), at the Italian Cultural Institute in Stuttgart (2014) and at the Centro Culturale in Milan (2018). This exhibition at the Museo Italo Americano represents the fifth opportunity for a comparison between the two artists.

In his exhibition Giancarlo presents his abstract period of “Sequences”, which he began during the mid-nineties, represented by a selection of works from the 10-year period of 1995-2005. This cycle of works highlights the composition reached using only two or three colors (mostly primary) juxtaposed with black. These images characterize more than two decades of the artist’s work.

For his exhibition 2020: Milan in the Hour of the Wolf Giovanni presents a body of work inspired by the capital of Lombardy during the Coronavirus pandemic. Preceded by numerous studies and a selection of drawings for the exhibition in October 2020 at “Casa di Lucio Fontana” in Comabbio, Varese, this new cycle of paintings is introduced by a title that evokes the Ingmar Bergman film, Hour of the Wolf (1968)


The Abstract Sequences. 1995-2005

Giancarlo Cerri – Photo credit Alfredo Felletti

2020: Milan in the Hour of the Wolf

Giovanni Cerri – Photo credit Roanna Weiss

WITH THE PATRONAGE OF Istituto Italiano di Cultura San Francisco and Museo della Permanente di Milano

SPECIAL THANKS: LTA Studio • Valla & Associates, Inc., P.C.

PARTNERS:  Confcommercio • Promo.Ter Unione • Officine Mara • Falsitta & Associati • Spartaco Smersu • Arcos • Fondazione Peano • Associazione Heart Pulsazioni Culturali • Centro Culturale di Milano • Frankfurter Westend Galerie • Associazione Borgo di Lucio Fontana

Tue. thru Sat. 12–4pm
Sunday 10am–2pm
Mondays by appointment

Free Admission

Fort Mason Center
2 Marina Blvd.
Building C
San Francisco, CA 94123