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Noël Dolla



Noël Dolla was born in 1945 in Nice, where he currently lives and works. From the beginning he explores the limits of painting and its structure. In 1971 he took part to the exhibitions that found the movement “Supports/Surfaces” in Nice and at the Cité Universitaire in Paris. He works on the basis of painting, on the supports and subsequently on the relationship between shape and color. Between 1974 and 1975 he presented his works in Florence, Milan, Genoa, Bruxelles, Cologne and Düsseldorf. In the early Eighties, his interest addressed to matter, starting the series of the “tarlatans”. The material is Dolla’s main interest, as well as E.L.A.N.’s, a six famous artists group, whose names are the anagrams of “Noël Dolla”. He never abandoned his interest in nature and open space works, cues he proposed from his first “Space restructurings” in the sixties. In the nineties he continues his research in new territories, like “Jalousies”, Mediterranean shutters, and the “baits”. From 2000 he takes part in some important group exhibitions, such as "Nice Movements, Contemporary French Art" (Hong Kong Museum of Art, 2000), "Open Studios" (ISCP, New York, 2001), "Eau Gaz et à tous les étages "(MAMCO, Geneva, 2003)," Co-conspirators: Artist and Collector: the Collection of James Cottrell and Joseph Lovett "(Orlando Museum of Art, 2004),"Supports / Surfaces. Yesterday and Today "(Zappettini Foundation, Chiavari and Milano, 2005). Among the most recent solo shows we can remember those dedicated to him by MAMCO in Geneva (2003), the Brussels venue of the Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire (2004), by Zappettini Foundation in Milan (2009) and the great retrospective held at the Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne (2009).