The Cardi Gallery was founded in Milan, in April 1972 by Renato Cardi. Originally named ‘Galleria Cardi‘, the gallery focused on fostering the work of contemporary Italian artists. In the late 1960’s Renato Cardi started to presciently collect works by artists like Twombly, Fontana, Manzoni and Pistoletto, all who were relatively unknown at the time.
Over the subsequent years Renato built a distinguished collection that spanned from Arte Povera to Spatialism. Through both his inextinguishable passion for art and the subsequent success of the Galleria Cardi, Renato earned the reputation as a critically engaged champion of developing artists, one who made major contributions to launching many of their careers.
Now led by Renato’s son Nicolo, the Cardi Gallery continues to shape the cultural landscape in Milan and abroad. In 2015, the Cardi Gallery opened its first overseas venue, expanding its presence to London’s Mayfair district, the epicentre of the European Art Market. The Cardi Gallery London is housed in a magnificent six-story Georgian townhouse on prestigious Grafton Street.
Both Cardi London and Cardi Milano host regular museum-quality exhibitions accompanied by a scholarly catalogue or an artist monograph that often feature texts by eminent critics such as Germano Celant, Francesco Bonami and Achille Bonito Oliva.
The Cardi Gallery annually exhibits at the top international art fairs focusing on showing masterworks by Artists from movements such as Arte Povera, Minimalism and Zero Group. The works coming mostly from our extensive holdings of Italian Modern and Post-War contemporary inventory, which we also regularly lend to international museums. The Cardi Gallery’s unique specialist expertise in Italian Modern, Post-War and Contemporary art – specifically in Arte Povera, Minimalism and Zero Group – has contributed to building some of the finest and most historically important private collections across the Europe, the Americas and the Far East.