Massimo Vitali

Born in 1944 - Italy


Massimo Vitali is a photographer born in Como, Italy in 1944. He studied photography in London at the College of Printing..

He first worked as a photo reporter in 1970 and then worked as a cinema operator. At the time he met Simon Guttman, the founder of the Report agency, which will have a crucial role in the career of Massimo.

Known particularly for his series of Italian beaches, the photographs of Massimo Vitali represent one of the main themes of the image of modern life: the fantasy of escaping from social and economic restrictions.

Nevertheless, these images show that the landscape as a genre has still a potential for transformation. These beaches become a site for relaxation where the industry of recreation is flourishing.

For a large number of his works, Vitali stands on a 4 or 5 meters high podium and uses large-format, high-resolution film.

Today he lives and works in Lucca, Italy and Berlin.

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Fotografia Europea 2012 Reggio Emilia (Italie)
PhotoMed Sanary sur Mer (France)

Bonni Benrubi New York (USA)
Brancolini Grimaldi London (UK)
Baro' Galeria Sao Paolo (Brésil)
LOOK3 Charlottesville, Virginia (USA)

Galerie du Jour Paris (France)
M + B Los Angeles (USA)
Galerie Ernst Hilger at Brot Kunsthalle Vienna (Autriche)
Centro de Arte Santa Monica In/Out, Barcelona (Espagne)


Bonni Benrubi Gallery New York (USA)
Dogenhaus Galerie Leipzig (Allemagne)
Hilger Contemporary Disturbances of Reality Vienna (Autriche)
Foam Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Vintage Green Core Club New York (USA)

Crown Gallery Brussels (Belgique)
Galeria Senda Barcelona (Espagne)
Bonni Benrubi Gallery New York (USA)
M+B Los Angeles (USA)
Galerie Hafenrichter & Flugel Nuremberg (Allemagne)

Vistas Artcore Gallery - Fabrice Marcolini, Toronto (Canada)
Jackson Fine Art Atlanta, Georgia (USA)
Old Concepts, New Works The Columns, Soeul (South Korea)

Old Concepts, New Works Hilger Contemporary Wien (Autriche)
M+B Los Angeles (USA)
American Beaches Brancolini Grimaldi Arte Contemporanea, Roma (Italie)
Playas, Discotecas y Supermercados Galeria Senda, Barcelona (Espagne)
Massimo Vitali Crown Gallery, Bruxelles (Belgique)
Massimo Vitali e Brian McKee Galleria Fabjbasaglia, Rimini (Italie)

Bonni Benrubi Gallery,New York (USA)
Museum-Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz (Autriche)
La Fabrica Galeria Madrid (Espagne)

Guidi&Schoen Arte Contemporanea, Genova (Italie)
Aula di Cultura BBK, Bilbao, (Espagne)
Ernst Hilger Gallery, Wien (Autriche)
Museum- PMMK, Oostende, (Belgique)
Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (Italie)
Nextdoor. Artgalleria, Roma, (Italie)
Landscapes without figures, Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, (USA)
Crown Gallery, Bruxelles, (Belgique)

Isabella Brancolini Arte Contemporanea, Firenze (Italie)
Cons-Arc, Chiasso (Switzerland)
La Cour d’Ecole, Cinemateque de Corse, Porto Vecchio (France)
La Cour d'Ecole, Cité Pietramarina, Ville di Pietrabugno (France)

The Photographers’Gallery Print Room (UK)

Serieuze Zaken galerie, Amsterdam (NL)
Crown Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgio (Belgique)
Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germania (Allemagne)
La Cour d’ecole, Centre Culturel Una Volta, Bastia, Corsica (France)
La Biennale di Venezia, June (Italie)
Serieuse Zaken, Amsterdam (NL)
Arndt & Partner, Berlin (Allemagne)
Gallery Hotel Art, Firenze (Italie)

Arte e Personae, Firenze (Italie)
Crown Gallery, Bruxelles (Belgique)
Hotel Des Arts, Toulon, Commission (France)
Fotohof, Salzburg (Autriche)
Espace Malraux, Chambery, Commission (France)

Le Quartz, Brest (France)
Galerie du Jour Agnes b., Paris (France)

Recontres Internationales de la Photo, Arles (France)
Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (USA)
Atheneum, Universitè de la Bourgogne, Dijon (France)

Photographer’s Gallery, London (UK)
Studio Guenzani, Milano (Italie)


L'insouciance La Maison Guerlain, Paris (France)
Summer Show BrancoliniGrimaldi, London (UK)
Addio Anni '70. Arte a Milano 1969-1980 Palazzo Reale, Milano (Italie)
The Deep Element: Photography at the Beach Corcoran Gallery of Art,Washington D.C. (USA)
Sense of Place - European Landscape Photography BOZAR Expo, Center for Fine Arts, Brussels (Belgique)
Shared Spaces Photo Espana, Royal Botanical Gardens, Madrid (Espagne)
Shared Vision: The Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla Collection of Photography Aperture, New York (USA)
Periphral Visions: Italian Photography in Context, 1950s - Present Hunter College, New York (USA)
Demonstrations - Making Normative Orders Frankfurt (Allemagne)
Sweet and SaltKunsthal, Rotterdam (NL)

Festival de Photographie de Deauville Deauville (France)
Una prospettiva italiana Palazzo Ducale, Massa (Italie)
Una prospettiva italiana Studio La Citta, Verona (Italie)
Panorama sur les 20 ans d'une collection Centre Mediterraneen de la Photographie, Corsica (France)
Medianoce en la ciudad Artium, Vitoria (Espagne)

Steidl. Quand la photo devient livre. La Monnaie, Paris (France)
Detour, The Moleskin Notebook Experience Bund 18, Shanghai (Chine)
Il Paesaggio Italiano in Fotografia, 1950-2000 CRAF, Pordenone (Italie)
Human Rites Bass Museum, Miami (USA)
PastPresentFuture - Highlights from the UniCredit Group Collection Yapi Kredi Cultural Center, Istanbul (Turqui)
The Definition of Self 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo (Japon)

Lasting Impressions. The Fine Art & Craft of the Steidl Book. Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne (Suisse)
Mi vida. From Heaven to Hell. Life experiences in art from MUSAC Collection Mücsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest (Hongrie)
Kaléidoscope d'Italie Centre National de l'Audiovisuel, Dudelange (Luxembourg)
Dopo La Sicilia Galleria del Credito Valtellinese, Milano (Italie)
PastPresentFuture - Highlights from the UniCredit Group Collection Bank Austria Kunstforum, Vienna (Autriche)
Parrworld: The Collection of Martin Parr Jeu de Paume, Paris (France)
BAM Photography Portfolio III MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (USA)
Nature Nation Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem (Israel)
Waterland Galerie Alexandre Cadain, Paris (France)
Italian Genius Now, Museo D'Arte Contemporanea Roma - MACRO FutureRoma (Italie)
TemperaturaEsterna, Palazzo della Provincia, Pordenone (Italie)
MI VIDA. From Heaven to Hell Muecsarnok Budapest (Hongrie)

Dopo La Sicilia Galleria Credito Siciliano, Acireale, Sicily (Italie)
Lichtspuren - Fotografie aus der Sammlung Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz (Autriche)
Guess who is coming.... MKGalerie, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
In the Photographic Image The Columns, Soeul (South Korea)
Human/Nature: Recent European Landscape Photography Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO
Las Vegas Collects Contemporary The Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV (USA)
The Allure of Italy The Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg MA
Lucca Digital Photo Fest Lucca, Italy
Join the CrowdRonchini Arte Contemporanea, Terni (Italie)
Benicassim. El Festival Laboratorio 987, MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Leon (Espagne)
Art is For the Spirit: Works from the UBS Art Collection Mori Art Museum, Ropponigi Hills Mori Tower, Minato-ku, Tokyo (Japan)
Metamorphosis, Jules Brocherel a Massimo Vitali Comune di Courmayeur (Italie)
The Good Life Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York (USA)

La vida Privada. Coleccion Joseph Ma Civit Centro de Arte y Naturaleza, Huesca (Espagne)
La Photographie Construite Hotel des Arts, Centre Sebastien, Saint Cyr sur Mer (France)
Disco to Disco Jarach Gallery, Venezia (Italie)
Off Time, Saarland Museum, Saarbruechen (Allemagne)
Fotokunst, Essl Museum, Klosterneuurg, Wien (Autriche)
Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (Espagne)
Des leur temps Musee de Grenoble (France)
Italies - Doubles visions Maison Européene de la Photographie, Paris (France)
Seestücke. Von Max Beckmann bis Gerhard Richter Hamburger Kunstalle, Hamburg (Allemagne)
FOTO.KUNST Zeitgenössische Fotografie Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg (Autriche)
Tempations, The Columns , Seoul, (South Korea)
Monumenti e Paesaggi, CESAC, Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee, Caraglio (Italie)
New Arrival and Classix, Galerie Hafenrichter & Fluegel, Nuremberg (Allemagne)
Huge, Arctore Gallery, Toronto, (Canada)
The Big picture,North carolina Museum of Art, Relaigh, NC (USA)
99 Cent $, Ass. Fondo Giovanna Piras, Asti (Italie)
Detour - The Moleskine City Notebook Experience, Art Directors Club, NYC, New York (USA)
Local - The End of Globalization, Photo España, Sala Canal Isabel II, Madrid (Espagne)
Ereditare il Paesaggio, Festival internazionale della fotografia di Roma, Arapacis, Roma (Italie)
Le Vif et le Furtif, Musée d'Art et d'Histoire Ville Saint Denis (France).
Acquisitions 2006, National Museum of Contemporary Art Korea, Seoul (Corée)
Monumenti e paesaggi-Viaggi verso l'Italia, a cura di Bernard Plossu e Paul Martin, Il Filatoio Caraglio, Cuneo (Italie).
Linee all’orizzonte, Polo Museale di Nervi, Genova (Italie)
Polyptics, Crown Gallery, Bruxelles (Belgique)

Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris (France)
Travelling without moving, Gate 24 Contemporary, Falconara Marittima, Ancona (Italie)
New Landscapes - Italianische Fotokunst Sammlung der Unicredit Group, HVB Kunst Palais, München (Allemagne)
Arterritory, Centrale Montemartini, Roma, (Italie)
Hereford Photography Festival 2006, (UK)
So Now Then, Talk, Hay Festival, Hereford Photography Festival, Hay on Wye (UK)
Photomeetings Luxemburg,Neumunster Abbeye,(Luxembourg)
UBS Collection, Tate Modern, London,(UK)
Mediterranea, Pinacoteca Comunale di Bari (Italie)
The Age of Metamorphosis European Art Highlights from the Centro Pecci Collection, MoCA Shanghai (China)
Images d'un Territoire , Centre Culturel Francais des Damas (Syria)
Ballermann, Die Austellung - The Exhibition Kunsthalle zu Kiel (Allemagne)
Special Exhibition Space recommended Arndt & Partner - Berlin + Zurich, Berlin (Allemagne)
Des territoires, des patrimoines FRAC - Alsace, Sélestat (France)
Beyond Delirious CIFO Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami (USA)
SuperWindow, Galleria Susanna Orlando, Pietrasanta (Italie)
See into liquid , Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver , Colorado(USA)
Different Realities? Crown Gallery, Bruxelles (Belgique)
Images d'un Territoire Les chateau d'Eau Toulose (France)
Photo meetings Luxembourg 2006, Gallerie Claire Fontaine (Luxembourg)
Images d'un Territoire, Galerie le Lieu, Lorient (France)
Suoni e visioni , Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genova (Italie)
Highlights from Harn Museum of Photography, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Georgia (USA)
Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie Arles 2006 Arles (France)
From Rome to New York, Brancolini Grimaldi Arte contemporanea, New York (USA)

Come la Neve al Mare, Guidi & Schoen, Genova (Italie)
Collezione Permanente, Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci (Italie)
6th Premio Cairo, Palazzo della Permanente, Milano (Italie)
Beyond Delirious: Architecture in Selected Photographs from the Ella Fontanals Cisneros Collection, curated by Christopher Phillips. Miami Art Central (USA)
Est-ce ainsi que les hommes vivent, curated by Gabriel Bauret - grilles de Jardin de Luxembourg (France)
Mare Nostrum. Pinacoteca Provinciale, Bari (Italie)
La Dolce Crisi, curated by Bonami-Cannarutto Villa Manin, Udine (Italie)
III Bienal de Valencia - Agua sin ti no soy, Bienal de Valencia, Valencia (Espagne)
10 ans de commandes photographiques, Citadelle de Saint Florent, Corse (France)
Il Paesaggio Italiano Contemporaneo, Palazzo Ducale,Gubbio (Italie)
Italia. Doppie Visioni. Palazzo Reale, Milano (Italie)
Europe in art. (MNAC) Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest (Romania)
Photographic Reality. Crown Gallery, Bruxelles (Belgique)
57 on 57th Street: Holiday Show. Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York (USA)
Artcore/Fabrice Marcolini, Toronto (Canada)
Landschaft als Metapher, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, (Allemagne)
PHotoEspaña 2005, International Festival of Fotografia and Visual Arts, Madrid (Espagne)

A holiday group show, Bonni Benrubi Gallery, NY (USA)
Water Water Everywhere recommended Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York City, NY (USA)
Italia - Spazi e Luoghi , Robert Mann Gallery, New York City, NY (USA)
Italia. Doppie Visioni. Scuderie del Quirinale, Roma (Italie)
Sguardi Gardesani. Museo Civico, Riva del Garda (Italie)
Collection Agnès B. Les Abattoirs-Frac Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse (France)
Nous Remontons de la "Calle" Toutes le Photographies. Galerie du Jour Agnès B., Paris (France)
Italy Space and Places. Robert Mann Gallery, New York (USA)
L'idea di Paesaggio nella fotografia italiana dal 1850 ad oggi. Palazzo Santa Margherita, Modena (Italie)

L’idea di paesaggio nella fotografia italiana dal 1850, Galleria Civica, Modena (Italie)
L’attimo fuggente tra fotografia e cinema, Pinacoteca Agnelli, Torino (Italie)
Agrupèmonos todos, ARTIUM Centro Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria (Espagne)
Agrupèmonos todos, MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea, Vigo, (Espagne)
Vacant Community, Fondazione Olivetti, Roma (Italie)
Beaufort 2003, Kunst aan zee Triennale, Oostende (Belgique)
Undergang, Kunsthalle, Bergen (NL)
Melting Pop, Palazzo delle Papesse Centro d’Arte (Italie)
La montagna disincantata, Tour Fromage, Aosta (Italie)
By the Sea. Yossi Milo Gallery, New York (USA)
Summer Holiday - Gruppenausstellung recommended Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Frankfurt/Main (Allemagne)
Temporary exhibition space in Chicago recommended Arndt & Partner - Berlin + Zurich, Berlin (Allemagne)
CMYK: Contemporary Color Photography. Benni Benrubi Gallery, New York (USA)
Summer Holiday. Galerie Bernhard Knaus, Mannheim (Allemagne)
Alta Densit� . Brancolini Grimaldi Arte contemporanea, Firenze (Italie)

Camere con vista, Il Filatoio di Caraglio (Italie)
Continuit� : Arte in Toscana 1968-1989, Palazzo Fabroni, Pistoia (Italie)
Cache-Cache, Camouflage, MUDAC Musée de Design et d’Arts appliqués contemporains, Lausanne (Switzerland)
Trade, Nederlands Foto Institut, Rotterdam (NL)

Mediterraneo um nuovo muro?, Culturgest, Lisboa (Portugal)
Effetto Provos, Colombo Arte Contemporanea, Milano (Italie)
Kunst und Kur, Kunsthaus Meran, (Allemagne)
Arkens Samling, ARKEN Museum for Moderne Kunst, Ishoj/Denmark (Denmark)
Trade, Fotomuseum Winterthur (Switzerland)
Mutamenti+Analogie, Centro Trevi, Bolzano (Italie)
Biozones, Forum Culturel Blanc-Mesnil, Bobigny (France)
Contemporary Artists of the Mediterranean, Culturgest, Lisboa (Portugal)
Collection 3, FRAC Alsace (France)
Painterly Photography, Blains Fine Arts, London (UK)

Tempo!, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Roma (Italie)
Arte y Tiempo, Centre de Cultura Contemporanea, Barcelona (Espagne)
Toi, Paris, tu m’as pris dans tes bras, Galerie du Jour Agnes b., Paris (France)
PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (USA)
Kuenstler fuer die Natur, WWF, Munich (Allemagne)
La Collection de photograhie d’Agnes b., CNP Centre National de la Photographie, Paris (France)
Desirs de Rivages, 1Biennale internationale de la Photographie maritime, Musee nationale de la Marine (France)
NoConfines, Musei di Porta Romana, Milano (Italie)
Stadt, Land, Mensch, Arndt & Partner, Berlin (Allemagne)
Studio Guenzani, Milano (Italie)
Le Temps Vite, MNAM Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (France)
Dormir/Sleep, Coromandel Press (Espagne)
Firenze Fotografia Duemila, Fondazione Studio Marangoni, Polistampa, Firenze (Italie)
Pique-Nique, Binome, Paris (France)
Art y Temps, Centre de Cultura Contemporanea, Barcelona (Espagne)
Biozones, Forum Culturel de Blanc-Mesnil, (France)

In Uso, Museo Michetti, Francavilla al Mare, (Italie)
Paesaggi Italiani del ‘900, Palazzo dell’Arengario, Milano (Italy
Farniente, Maison de la Culture, Amiens (France)
Photography from the Martin z. Margulies Collection, The Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami (USA)
The Big Picture: Large Format Photography, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT, (USA)
Espana ‘98, Madrid (Espagne)

Un nouveau paysage humain, XXIX Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles (France)
Paisagens do quotidiano, Encontros de Fotografia, Coimbra (Portugal)
Italian Photojournalism around 1968, Triennale, Milano (Italie)
Paesaggi Italiani, Gallerie degli Uffizi, Firenze (Italie)

Un Paese Unico, Museo Alinari, Firenze (Italie)
Europa, Encontros de fotografia, Coimbra (Portugal)
Postwar Italian Photojournalism, Villa Bottini, Lucca (Italie)
Sguardigardesani, with Gabriele Basilico, Museo Civico, Riva del Garda (Italie)

Where Olives Grow, Biennale Internazionale di Fotografia, Torino, (Italie)

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