Original modern, contemporary, Japanese prints
There Elena Salamon Modern Art is a small gallery based in the historic center of Turin, specializing in original twentieth-century prints with some excursions into ancient art, contemporary art and photography.
Great attention is paid to the Japanese woodcut of the Ukiyo-e period with Hokusai and Hiroshige and of the Shin Hanga period with Hasui. To guide the choice of artists and works, are exclusively criteria of quality, certainty of origin and state of conservation.
The Salamon family has introduced, since the 1950s, the habit of providing its customers with a guarantee of authenticity for all works sold with precise information on the references of the catalogs raisonné, print runs, states, printers and publishers.
The bibliographic, critical and iconographic information accompanying each work is drawn up in the light of the most recent studies. Furthermore, Elena Salamon Arte Moderna is able to provide assessments on all areas of competence of the gallery, both for insurance, commercial or conservation purposes.
The gallery's clients are assisted not only on the occasion of purchases and sales, but also in the screening of interventions intended for the conservation and enhancement of individual works and collections. The gallery relies on various restoration studios, providing assistance in directing and supervising any type of intervention with professionalism.
A story of three generations
The history of the Salamons, as gallery owners, began in the 1950s when grandfather Ferdinando opened the first gallery in Turin, a collector of highly prestigious prints for many years, transforming his passion into a job that, conducted with his wife, brought him to curate important exhibitions for the GAM of Turin (Piranesi in 1961 and European engraving from the fifteenth to the twentieth century in 1967). He writes The connoisseur of prints in 1960 (two editions for Einaudi's Essays and a third edition reprinted eight times between 1986 and 2009 for Allemandi), and The collection of prints in 1971 for Mondadori, which had three reprints.
Since 1966 the management has passed to his wife Teresa Villa Salamon, the true and fundamental soul of the gallery. Together with his three children, he curates top-level exhibitions including Hokusai in 1969, Mantegna in 1970, Dürer in 1971 (exhibition entirely loaned to the Municipality of Milan for the exhibition at Palazzo Reale). In the early seventies the three children embarked on three adjacent but independent paths. Gian Alvise dedicates himself to modern and contemporary art, Silverio continues his journey in the parent company, Harry in Milan, then assisted by his children, dedicates himself mainly to paintings and antique prints. Elena tells: "Gian Alvise, my father, collaborated with the Venice Biennale and in his gallery in Turin he curated monographic exhibitions by Mirò, Tapies, Hartung, De Chirico, Morandi, Picasso, Campigli, Carrà, Corot, Ensor, Renoir, and collective with the artists of Arte Povera and the Transavantgarde ”. In 2002 his essay published by Allemandi, The pleasure of collecting contemporary prints, was published posthumously.
Monographic exhibitions curated in collaboration with Gian Alvise Salamon's Modern Art between 1990 and 2000: De Chirico, Sutherland, Felice Casorati, Carrà, Campigli, Ensor, Marino Marini, Chagall, Matisse, Picasso and Mirò.
Monographic exhibitions curated from 2001 to today: Matisse, Mirò, Chagall, Warhol, Calder, Hokusai and Hiroshige, Picasso and Braque.