A decade, a project, and a dream. Ten years ago, Piero Atchugarry, a young man, too young for such grand dreams, began outlining the program for a gallery dedicated to contemporary art. With a background in Economics and the desire to create his own space, he aimed to develop an artist program that encompassed his passion for sculpture, as well as the growing interest in conceptual art, painting, sensitive abstraction, and constructive geometry. “I never thought of becoming an artist. I studied Economics in London and later joined the Modern and Contemporary Art program at Christie’s in New York, which equipped me with the precise tools to tackle an activity with two well-defined facets: management/efficiency in business administration, and vision in choosing a course of action, a ‘personality’ as a gallerist and gallery,” states Piero.
Piero Atchugarry Gallery, in partnership with Bonacina 1889, is delighted to present, Sintesi, a collaborative exhibition synthesizing the worlds of art and design. Sintesi weaves Bonacina 1889’s 134-year legacy of Italian artisanship into a harmonious dialogue with thoughtfully selected artworks from the Piero Atchugarry Gallery. An independent, family-run operation since inception, Bonacina1889 has been in a constant pursuit of sustaining tradition and modernity in their unique furniture-making process. The company takes pride in its specialty of using rattan—a sustainable vine known for its durability and flexibility— and over the years combining rattan’s malleability with other innovative materials, consistently defining their timeless style whilst embracing new ideas. Designed to impress and delight, Bonacina1889’s furniture defy the limitation that “form follows function” instead proposing its own principle where form and function, like design and art, are inseparable. Sintesi introduces these artisanal pieces within an exhibition space that does not make a distinction between furniture and art, but instead finds parallels in the creative process that tie design to art and vice-versa.
Piero Atchugarry gallery presents a contemporary art program and modern art survey. The gallery opened to the public in September 2013 with a Post-War Italian art exhibition. By January 2014 the gallery moved to a large stable adapted as an exhibition space in Garzón. In this space the program allowed outdoor and indoor proposal exploration, through the creation of dialogue between architectural features and curatorial practices.
On December 2018, the program expanded to North America with a second location, a 9000 square feet warehouse on 5520 NE 4th Avenue in the Design District neighborhood. The participation of the gallery in what is a boiling art community that connects Europe, Latin America and both coasts of the United States represents the commitment of the program to support and present the work of local and international artists with an institutional approach.