Sheets of paper and colours. Just paper one might say… and yet they compose a music, make up a world. Tricromia Gallery’s passion for paper and colours has now been on-going for twenty years. The best artists and illustrators have drawn on its walls, each one bringing their own spirit and harmony. Altan, Mattotti, Toppi, Bucchi, Pericoli, De Loustal, Igort, Luzzati, Matticchio, Gipi, Toccafondo, Ricci…
Tricromia was created in 1990; since then the gallery has hosted, discovered and promoted illustrators and designers, artists and sculptors with a love for the “simple” art of drawing but also with a light-hearted and playful spirit (this too very much a part of art). The gallery’s involvement does not simply stop at the fleeting moment of an exhibition, with events lasting a “fixed time” – such is the transient nature of an exhibition – but takes great care to halt the movement of those colours that come and go, that are hung on the white walls of the gallery to then depart elsewhere.
Tricromia is also an art publisher. Together with the artists it decides to “fix” the beauty of those drawings and designs in a publication, in an art book but also with a boxed edition, on paper, in the form of notebooks or even a miniature theatre.
A genuine publishing series then came about dedicated to the most important international artists. The venture began with a show by Chiara Rapaccini and the book “Cose da Guardare Cose da Leggere” (‘Things to Look At, Things to Read’).
There followed a series of publications for ‘display’. The venture with Lorenzo Mattotti, an artist who is regularly shown at Tricromia, was transferred onto the pages of a book, “Il fantasma nella stanza” (‘The ghost in the room’), followed by “La Stanza” (‘The Room’), “Al Finire della Notte” (‘At the end of the night’) and “Appunti sul Paesaggio” (‘Notes on the landscape’). The first signed edition by Tricromia, signed “t”, is “L’Arte della Necessità” (‘The Art of Need’), a wonderful book by Muñoz. Of the many so far published, we should mention, “Attraverso la Città” (‘Across the City’) by Jacques De Loustal, “Sketchbook” by Stefano Ricci, “Il Dettaglio Ignoto” (‘The Unknown Detail’) by Franco Matticchio, “Un Giorno smarrito” (‘A lost day’), pop-up book by Tommaso Cascella, “Quaderno da Notte” (‘Notebook by Night’) and “A. Parlando Proprio di Corpo” (‘A. Speaking of one’s body’) by Riccardo Mannelli, including the previously unpublished book of drawings by Fellini.