Perrone’s work in photography, film, and sculpture draws from and expands upon the rich history of twentieth-century Italian art movements ranging from Arte Povera and Transavanguardia to Futurism. Perrone first received critical attention for his photographic series as if fascinated by what remains still in the background (1999). For the series, Perrone photographed the elderly residents of his hometown holding large animal horns and antlers. In preparation for another series, The Thinkers of Holes (2002), the artist and his father spent months digging holes up to nine feet deep on their property in Asti. The series of photographs documents the chasms and the young men interacting with the excavated landscape. While the images recall the use of photography to document land art and performance, they exist as independent entities. Perrone’s 3-D digital animation Totò Nudo (2005) shows the 1950s Italian performer, Antonio Clemente (nicknamed Totò), undressing in the forest in choreography that is somber and nearly silent except for a barking dog. From 2005 to 2008, Perrone labored over a series of large structures, formed alternately from epoxy resin or fiberglass, entitled The Casting of a Bell, which sculpturally document the process of creating a large bell through the shapes of its negative spaces and its tools.

Diego Perrone
Diego Perrone
Asti, 1970

Past Exhibitions

Piero Golia, Diego Perrone on Chris Burden

The Classroom 28/03/2017 — 10/04/2017

Diego Perrone: Herbivorous Carnivorous

Massimo De Carlo
17/01/2017 — 11/03/2017

Curated by?

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
30/06/2016 — 16/10/2016

Diego Perrone, Andrea Sala: Unghia

01/04/2016 — 30/04/2016

Solo Shows


Void-Cinema-Congress-Death, Massimo De Carlo, London.


Il servo astuto, Museion Project Room, Bolzano, Italy.
Scultura che non sia conchiglia non canta, Casey Kaplan, NY.


Una Mucca Senza Faccia Rotola nel Cuore, curated by Giovanni Iovane and Helmut Friedel, Foundation Brodbeck, Catania.

Group Shows


Diego Perrone, Andrea Sala: Unghia, MEGA, Milan.


Ennesima: An Exhibition of Seven Exhibitions on Italian Art, curated by Vincenzo de Bellis, Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy.
Hearing Colors, Tasting Shapes, Aike-Dellarco, Shanghai, China.
Liberi Tutti! Art and Society in Italy. 1989-2001, Museo Ettore Fico, Torino, Italy.
I am attracted none the less, their variousness, their ingenuity, their élan vital, and that something, essence quiddity, I cannot penetrate or name, Casey Kaplan, New York, NY.
I’ll Be There Forever – The Sense of The Classic, Palazzo Cusani, Milan, Italy.


Never Look Back When Leaving, Casey Kaplan, NY.
Ritratto dell’artista da giovane, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy.
Passo a due (Step Two) The Avant-gardes of Motion, Museo MAN, Nuoro, Italy.


Braccia #2, curated by Alessandro Biggio, Museo Marino Marini, Florence, Italy.
Orrechie e Fantasmi in Cantina, Antinori Familiae Museum, Florence, Italy.
The Encyclopedic Palace, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.


No. 17, Casey Kaplan, NY Calamitati da Gino, Centro Italiano Arte Contemporanea, Foligno, Italy.
Silences where things abandon themselves (Silenzi in cui le cose s’abbandonano), Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia Fuoriclasse, curated by Luca Cerizza, Galleria d’Arte Moderna – Villa Reale, Milan.

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Asti Country of birth: Italy Date of birth: 1970 Lives in: Asti, Milan and Berlin.