Seven years old Franco Bellucci suffers a severe brain lesion and is confined to the psychiatric hospital of Volterra. He never speaks again. In 1999, he lives in the open rooms of the Basaglia center in Livorno. Gifted with exceptional strength – he reportedly pulled out the radiators and the water taps from the walls of his room in Volterra -, Franco Bellucci creates his own toys with a vast array of materials he finds around : plastic bottles, socks, and the shoe laces of his roomates… He progressively tries out new materials. The creations of Franco Bellucci exhibit a vital need to dismantle and rebuild the world, and unstoppable desire to touch and modify reality, a complex tactile langage. While altering the gifts from his father, or dismanting and connecting the most unrelated objects, he continually provides himself with his creations, always mobile, following the example of puppets. His favorite game consists in binding objects one another, experimenting, feeling new materials and relationships. Although the imbroglios of knots and the many connections he makes should suggest brute force, one can be surprised at noticing how the author operates patiently and unhurriedly, gently breathing. Franco Bellucci is the author of an appealing universe – made of sentimental objects with astonishing forms – susceptible to engage each one of us.
His work was included, in 2013, in “Banditi dell’arte” in the Halle Saint Pierre, in Paris, and then was presented in a solo exhibition at the M.A.D. of Liège in 2014-2015, while a wall was dedicated to him at the same time in the Masion rouge in Paris, during the “art brut” exhibition, Bruno Decharme collection.”
esthétique de la rage, curator : laurent quénéhen, aponia contemporary art center, villiers-sur-marne, from november 4th to au 26th, 2017.
la maison, curator : gustavo giacosa, galerie zola cité du livre, aix-en-provence, from september 30th to december 30th, 2017.
art brut : a story of individual mythologies, curator : Christian Berst, Oliva Creative Factory, from June 18th to February 28th 2017, São João da Madeira, Portugal.
on the wire, curator: Jean-Hubert Martin, christian berst art brut & Jean Brolly gallery, from April 9th to May 22th 2016.
banditi dell’arte, 3331 Arts Chiyoda, 2015, Tokyo, Japan.
art brut live, DOX Centre for contemporary art, from March 27th to August 17th 2015, Prague, Czech Republic.
franco bellucci, MADmusée, from September 13th to February 15th 2015, Liège, Belgium.
art brut collection abcd/Bruno Decharme, La maison rouge, from October 17th 2014 to January 18th 2015.
poétique d’un espace utopique, ContemporArt Ospitale d’Arte, 2014, Genova, Italia.
brewed in belgium : the collection of MADmusée, INTUIT, from January 17th to April 26th, Chicago, United States, 2014.
inurbementis, Museo di Storia Naturale del Mediterraneo, from April 6th to June 14th 2014, Livorno, Italia.
au compte-goutte, MADmusée, from February 23th to May 11th 2013, Liège, Belgium.
circonvolutions, MADmusée, from June 21th to September 9th 2012, Liège, Belgium.
banditi dell’arte, Halle Saint-Pierre, from March 23th 2012 to January 6th 2013, Paris, France.
dangerously young. child in danger, child as danger, Museum Dr. Guislain, from October 1st 2011 to May 20th 2012, Gent, Belgium.
corpo in segno, Contemporart – Villa Piaggio, 2011, Genova, Italia.
gravures de la collection du MADmusée, Grand Curtius, from March 5th to June 26th 2011, Liège, Belgium.
intelligenze rovesciate. dialoghi a regola d’arte, Fortezza del Priamar, from March 4th to April 3rd 2011, Savona, Italia.
se non e vero e bello, Grand Curtius, from November 27th 2010 to February 27th 2011, Liège, Belgium.
trans-form-action, l’arte in cantiere, Pergine Valsugana, 2010, Trento, Italia.
due ma non due, Aperture ed incontri nell’arte degli anni post-Basaglia, Loggia della Mercanzia, 2008, Genova, Italia.
piccole ali. valori infantili nell’arte outsider, Pinacoteca Civica, 2008, Follonica, Italia.
in-out, Musée de l’Art Wallon, from September 12th to November 2d 2008, Liège, Belgium.
art en voyage, Kaleidoscope, from October 9th to November 16th 2008, Friburg, Switzerland.
les jouets de hulk, MADmusée, 2007, Liège, Belgique, 2007.
exhbition catalogue, on the wire, by Jean-Hubert Martin, christian berst art brut ed., Paris, 2016.
exhibition catalogue, franco bellucci : as beautiful as, christian berst art brut ed., Paris, 2015.
exhibition catalogue, Franco Bellucci, MADMusée, MADmusée/Blu Cammello, Liège, 2014.
exhibition catalogue, Banditi dell’Arte, G. Giacosa et M. Lusardy, Halle Saint-Pierre, Paris, 2012.
Marina Giordano, Trame d’artista. Il tessuto nell’arte contemporanea, Postmedia Books, Milano, 2012.
exhibition catalogue, due ma non due. aperture ed incontri nell'arte degli anni post basaglia, Gustavo Giacosa Joker/Novi Ligure, Alessandria, 2008.
selective press review
- Choices, le bon choix?! authors Marie Maertens in Connaissances des arts, May 20, 2016.
- Choices, le bon choix authors M. M. in Connaissance des arts, May, 2016.
- Franco Bellucci : Fortuitous or constructed ? authors Claire Margat in art press, January 2016.
- Bellucci, l’irrécupérable de l’art brut authors Philippe Godin in Libération - la diagonale de l'art, November 10, 2015.
- Franco Bellucci authors Philippe Dagen in Le Monde, November 9, 2015.
- christian berst art brut, one of Caroline Tresca's favorite places authors Didier Césaire in Pariscope, November 4, 2015.
- Franco Bellucci : beau comme... authors Bénédicte Philippe in Télérama sortir, November 3, 2015.