The gallery

Original modern, contemporary, Japanese prints

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.

Guarantee of Authenticity

The Salamon family has introduced, since the 50s, the habit of providing to its customers a guarantee of authenticity, for each work sold, that contains detailed information about the references to reasoned catalogue, print runs, states of preservation, printers and publishers.

The bibliographic, critical and iconographic informations accompanying each work are written 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 customers are assisted not only on the occasion of purchases and sales, but also in the screening of interventions for the conservation and enhancement of singular works and collections. The gallery counts on the competence of various restoration studios, and provides assistance in directing and supervising any type of intervention professionally.

A three-generations story

The history of the Salamon family as art-dealer began in 1950, when the grandfather Ferdinando, who was a collector of highly prestigious prints since many years, opened the first gallery in Turin, transforming his passion into a job that, with the support of his wife, brought him to curate several important exhibitions for the GAM gallery in Turin (“Piranesi" in 1961 and "European engraving from the 15th to the 20th century” in 1967). He writes The connoisseur of prints in 1960 (two editions published by Einaudi Essays and a third edition reprinted eight times between 1986 and 2009 edited by Allemandi), and The collection of prints in 1971 published by Mondadori, which had three reprints.

Since 1966 the direction of the gallery passes to his wife Teresa Villa Salamon, the true and fundamental soul of the gallery. Together with her three sons she curates top-level exhibitions including Hokusai in1969, Mantegna in 1970, Dürer in 1971 (exhibition entirely loaned to the City of Milan for the exhibition at Palazzo Reale). In the early 70s the three sons open three independent galleries. Gian Alvise dedicates himself to modern and contemporary art, Silverio runs the family gallery, Harry, than supported by his sons, dedicates himself to paintings and antiques prints in Milan. Elena tells: “Gian Alvise, my father, collaborated with Venice Biennale and in his gallery in Turin he curated monographic exhibitions of 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 publishing house Allemandi published his essay posthumously “The pleasure of collecting contemporary prints”.

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.