Galleria Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea was opened in Milan in 1998, concentrating on a selection of Italian artists having particular affinities with the tastes of its founder, Antonio Colombo.
The exhibitions, in the early years, were mostly on young Italian talents, with some extemporaneous events involving foreign artists, putting the main accent on painting.
Among the main solo shows, we should mention those by Silvia Argiolas, Gabriele Arruzzo, Marco Cingolani, Francesco De Grandi, Fulvio Di Piazza, Nathalie Du Pasquier, El Gato Chimney, Tom Fabritius, Thomas Flechtner, Matteo Guarnaccia, Giuliano Guatta, Laboratorio Saccardi, Francesco Lauretta, Miltos Manetas, Andrea Mastrovito, Luca Pancrazzi, Luigi Presicce, Giuliano Sale, Andrea Salvino, Marta Sesana, as well as one of the first events, featuring 3000 photographs retouched by Mario Schifano.
During this period there were also some important thematic group shows: Senza mani! Provos e biciclette bianche, on the Dutch counter-cultural Provo movement, The Black Album, inspired by heavy metal music, with thirty international and Italian artists, Senza freni!, in which the artists interpreted the Bulli, the historic Volkswagen bus, with the debut of the art magazine “No”. The group show Wearproof was on international painting, presenting artists not yet known in Italy, while I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now, curated by Luca Beatrice, gathered works by 18 important artists active in the 1980s and 1990s. Orde di Segnatori presented drawings by over 25 Italian and foreign artists, from Lawrence Ferlinghetti to Barry McGee, Gino De Dominicis to Daniele Galliano.
In 2009 the gallery opened the Little Circus, a space inside the facility set aside for special projects, which has hosted many small exhibitions and installations.
The passion for rock music has also played a role in the choice of certain artists like Moby, Daniel Johnston and Mike Giant.
Since 2008, starting with the group show Fantasilandia, the gallery’s focus has shifted to international exponents of the new visionary art, including outstanding names like Anthony Ausgang, Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, the Clayton Brothers, Ryan Heshka, Gary Taxali and Eric White.