Massimo Vitali 1944 —


Massimo Vitali (Italian, b.1944) is renowned for his large-scale color photographs depicting the masses at leisure. In his beach scenes, ski resorts and tourist destinations, Vitali balances both formal and narrative details, re-interpreting historical landscape painting through the panoramic lens of photography.

Massimo Vitali was born in Como, Italy, in 1944. He studied photography in London and worked as a photojournalist in the 1970s, later becoming a camera operator. In more recent years his interests have turned to art photography, with work shown in Arles, Paris, London and G teborg, at the Hasselblad Foundation.

Vitali, a photojournalist turned movie cameraman, launched these paired photo projects in the wake of a 1994 national election that prompted him to question the sanity of his fellow Italians. While on a Tuscan beach vacation, he says he "made the decision to have a closer look at my compatriots," and the results are the richly descriptive leisure landscapes gathered here.   

Sociology at its most seductive, Vitali's study of Italians at play may have been sparked by a moment of shocked skepticism, but it feels generous rather than judgmental...He may have set out to investigate the Italian citizenry, but he ended up with a privileged view of us all: gregarious, lost, foolish, expectant, all too human.

Vitali has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries internationally, and his work is included in the collections of the Reina Sofia, Madrid, Guggenheim Museum, New York, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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East Hampton, Main Beach

East Hampton, Main Beach
Color C-print

72 x 86 inches
Edition 6 of 6

Synoptic Biography



Como, Italy



Massimo Vitali  Vered Gallery East Hampton, NY  "Beaches and More"


"Massimo Vitali with Mike Figgis: Piazza di Spagna a collaborative installation by the filmmaker and photographer"; Somerset House, London, UK

"Massimo Vitali"; Galeria Senda, Barcelona, Spain

"Massimo Vitali" Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY

"New Photographs:  Massimo Vitali; Crown Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

"Massimo Vitali"; M+B Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA 2007

"Vistas: Massimo Vitali"; ArtCore Gallery, Toronto, Canada

"Massimo Vitali"; Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA


"Massimo Vitali: New Work" MBFA, Los Angeles

"Massimo Vitali"; Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria

"Massimo Vitali"; M+B, Los Angeles, CA

"A New Series of American Beaches"; Brancolini Grimaldi Art Contemporanea, Rome, Italy

"Playas, Discotecas y Supermercados, Galeria Senda Barcelona, Spain

"Recontres Internationales de la Photo"; Arles, France

Crown Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgium


"Massimo Vitali: New Work"; Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NYC

"Fotografien 1995-2005: Vitali"; Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz, Austria

"Massimo Vitali"; La Fabrica, Madrid, Spain


"Massimo Vitali"; Aula de Cultura BBK, Bilbao, Spain

"Massimo Vitali"; Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecca, Prato, Italy

"Massimo Vitlai"; Galerie Hilger, Vienna, Austria

"Landscape with Figures"; Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NYC

"In Light"; MB Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

Guidi & Schoen Arte Contemporanea, Genova, Italy

Museum PMMK; Oostande, Belgium

Nextdoor. Artgalleria, Roma, Italy

Crown Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgium


Galleria Cons Arc, Chiasso, Switzerland

La Cour d'Ecole, Cinametique de Corse, Porto Vecchio

Isabella Brancolini Arte Contemporana, Florence, Italy

Cons-Arc, Chiasso, Italy

La Cour d'Ecole, Cite Pietramarina, Ville di Pietrabugno, Francia, France


"Public Places Private Lives"; The Photographers Gallery, London, England

Crown Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Fotohof, Salzburg, Austria


Museum of Modern Art/Hasselblad Foundation, Goteborg, Commission

Barbara Gillan Gallery, Miami, FL

Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany

Serieuse Zaken, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Museum of Modern Art / Hasselblad Foundation, Gotenburg, Sweden

Crown Gallery, Bruxelles, Germany

La Cour d'Ecole, Centra Culturel Una Volta, Bastia, Corsica, France

La Biennale di Venezia, June, Italy

Gallery Hotel Art, Firenze, Italy


Hotel des Arts, Toulon, Commission,

Espace Malraux, Chambery, Commission, July

Espace Malraux, Chambery, March

Arte e Personae, Florence, Italy

Crown Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgium

Fotohof, Slazburg, Austria


Le Quartz, Brest, June

Galerie du Jour Agnes B, Paris, February

Recontres Internationales de la Photo, Arles, July, catalog

Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, May

Atheneum, Universite de la Bourgogne, Dijon, March


Photographer's Gallery, London, December

Studio Guenzani, Milano, November


"Spiagge Italiane," Gallerie ConsArc, Chiasso, Switzerland,

December, catalog


"East German Panoramas"; Historisches Archiv der Stadt, Koeln,





"Human/Nature: Recent European Landscape Photography: Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO


"Summer"; Neuhoff Edelman Gallery, New York, NY

"The Painters of Modern Day Life: A Collection of Photographs Donated by the Caisse de Dépôts"; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris France


"20/30 Vision: Anniversary Celebration"; Bonni Benrubi Gallery,

New York, NY

"Aura of the Photograph"; The Samuel P. Harn Musuem of Art, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL

"Hot Pics '06"; Katonah, New York

Hereford Photography Festival, Great Britain

Hay Festival, Hereford Photography Festival, Presentation Book: "So Now Then" Talk, Hay on Wye, Great Britain

Photomeetings Luxemburg, Neumunster Abbeye

Tate Modern, London, UBS Collection, United Kingdom

"The Age of Metamorphosis" European Art Highlights from the Centro Pecci

Collection, MoCA Shanghai

"Images d'un Territiore," Centre Culturel Francais des Damas, Syria

"Ballerman, The Exhibition," Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany

"See Into Liquid," Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Colorado

"Beyond Delirious," CIFO Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, Florida

"See Into Liquid." Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, Colorado

"Different Realities," Crown Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgium

"Images d'un Territoire," Les Chateau d'eau Toulose, France

"Photo Meetings Luxumborg 2006," Gallerie Claire Fontaine, Luxembourg

"Images d'un Territoire," Galerie le Lieu, Lorient, France

"Suoni e visioni 3," Mueo d'arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genova

"Highlights from Ham Museum of Photography," Samuel P. Ham Museum of Art, Gainesville, Georgia


Europe in Art: A HVB Group Project"; National Museum of

Contemporary Art, Bucuresti, Romania

"Photographic Reality"; Crown Gallery, Brusselles, Belgium

"Landschaft als Metapher"; Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Germany

"Rite of Assembly" Martin Weinstien Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

"Come la Neve al Mare," Guidi & Schoen, Genova, Italy

"Collezione Permanente," Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Italy

"6º Premio Cairo," Palazzo della Permanente, Milan, Italy

"Beyond Delirious: Architecture in Selected Photographs from the Ella Fontanals

Cisneros Collection," Miami Art Central

"Est-ce ainsi que les Hommes Vivent," Grilles de Jardin de Luxembourg

"Mare Nostrum," Pinacoteca Provinciale, Bari, Italy

"La Dolce Crisi," curated by Bonami-Cannarutto Villa Manin, Udine, Italy

"10 Ans de Commandes Photographiques," Citadelle de Saint Florent, Corse, France

"Il Paesaggio Italiano Contemporaneo," Palazzo Ducale, Gubbio, Italy

"Italia. Doppie Visioni," Palazzo Realle, Milan, Italy

"57 on 57th Street: Holiday Show," Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY

"Artcore/Fabrice Marcolini," Toronto, Canada


"57 on 57"; Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NYC

Galleria Next Door, Rome, Italy

"In Light"; MB Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

"Italia. Doppie Visioni." Scuderie del Quin

"Sguardi Gardesani." Museo Civico, Riva del Garda, Italy

"Collection Agnès B. Les Aattoirs-Frac Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse, France

"Nous Remontons de la 'Caffe' Toutes le Photographies." Galerie du Jour Agnès B., Paris, France

"Italy Space and Places." Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY

"L'idea di Paesaggio nella fotografia Italiana dal 1850 ad Oggi." Palazzo Santa Margherita, Modena, Italy


"Water Water Everywhere"; Andrea Meislin Gallery, NYC

"By the Sea"; Yossi Milo gallery, New York, NY

"Vacant Communities"; Fondazione Adriano Olivetti, Rome, Italy

"Flash: Sports & Swimsuits"; Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

"CMYK Part II"; Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY

"2003 Beaufort: Kunst am Meer"; Ostende Triennale Beaufort, Ostende, Belgium

"Painting Pictures"; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

"Le pari de l'art contemporain, une culture d'entreprise"; Musée des Tapisseries / Palais Vendôme, Aix-en-Provence (Collections Vacances Bleues, Marseille)

"Undergang"; Bergen Kunsthall - No. 5, Bergen, Norway

"L'idea di Paesaggio Nella Fotografia Italiana dal 1850," Galleria Civica, Modena, Italy

"L'attimo Fuggente tra Fotografia e Cinema." Pinacoteca Agnelli, Torino, Italy

"Agrupèmonos Todos, ARTIUM Centro Museo Vasco de Art Contemporánea, Vigo, Spain

 "Melting Pop," Palazzo delle Papesse Centro d'Arte Contemporanea, Siena Italy

"Painting Pictures," Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany

"La Montagna Disincntata," Tour Fromage, Aosta, Italy

"Summer Holiday," Galerie Bernhard Knaus, Mannheim, Germany

"Alta Densità." Brancolini Grimaldi Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy

2002 "Paris Photo 2002"; Caroussel de Louvre, Paris, France

"Camere con Vista," Il Filatoio di Caraglio, Italy

"Continuità: Arte in Toscana 1968-1989, Palazzo Fabroni, Pistoia, Italy

"Cache-Cache, Camouflage," MUDAC Musée de Design et d'Arts Appliqués

Contemporains, Lausanne, CH

"Trade," Nederlands Foto Institut, Rotterdam, NL


"Summer Salon IX"; Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NYC

"Mediterraneo um Nouvo Muro?"; Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal

"Efferro Provos"; Colmbo Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy

"Arkens Samling"; Arken Museum, Arken, Denmark

Centro Trevi, Bolazano, Mutamenti+Analogie, Italy

"Painterly Photography"; Blaine Fine Arts, London, England

"Kunst und Kur," Kunthaus Meran, Italy

"Trade," Fotomuseum, Winterthur, CH

"Mutamenti+Analogie," Centro Trevi, Bolzono, Italy

"Biozones," Forum Cultura Contemporanea, Barcelona, Spain

"Contemporary Artists of the Mediterranean," Culturgest, Lisboa, Portugal

"Collection 3," FRAC Alsace, France


"Tempo!"; Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome, Italy

Centre George Pompidou, Paris, Reopening Exibition, Jan, Le Temp Vite.

"la collection de photographie d'agnes b"., Centre National de la photographie, Paris, France

"Arte y Tempo," Centre de Cultura Contemporanea, Barcelona, Spain

"Toi, Paris, tu m'as pris dans tes Bras," Galerie du Jour Agnes B., Paris, France

PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY

"Kuenstler fuer die Natur," WWF, Munich

"Desirs de Rivages,"1 Biennale Internationale de la Photographie Maritime,

Musee Nationale de la Marine, France

"NoConfines," Musei di Porta Romana, Milan, Italy

"Stadt, Land, Mensch," Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany

"Studio Guenzani, Milan, Italy

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