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Galleria dell'Ariete records, 1955-1993

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Finding aid for the Galleria dell'Ariete records, 1955-1993

Scope and Content of Collection

The Galleria dell'Ariete records contain all of the surviving business papers of the gallery from its foundation by Beatrice Monti della Corte in 1955 to its closure in 1979, plus papers connected with her continued activities under the Galleria's name during the following few years. Also included are the business records of the Galleria's offshoot, Ariete Grafica, from its opening in 1970 to the mid-1980s. These records comprise correspondence (letters received and copies of letters sent) with dealers, collectors, and artists in many countries; miscellaneous business papers, including accounts and stock cards, which give extensive information on the acquisition, sale, and movement of works of art; and business diaries and minute books, the earliest of which include the articles of association and the statutes of the Galleria. The correspondence is arranged by region (Europe, the United States, and Asia), and then chronologically.

These materials are supplemented by an extensive file of press clippings, collecting items about specific exhibitions at the Galleria, items about artists and others associated with it, and some items of general interest about art and culture. There is a complete run of catalogs for the Galleria's exhibitions from 1955-1979, with related ephemera, and a collection of pages of signatures from visitors' books put out for some of the exhibitions. A comprehensive photographic archive documents works of art and exhibitions, and includes photographs of artists and other individuals, and of gallery activities. Photographers include Carlo Cisventi, Ugo Mulas, Hans Namuth, and Vicenzo, among others.

Arrangement note

Arranged in four series:
Series I: Correspondence, 1955-1983;
Series II: Photographic documentation, 1955-1979, undated;
Series III: Business records, 1955-1993, undated;
Series IV: Clippings, catalogs, other publications, 1955-1977, undated.

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