Paolo Cardazzo, Peggy Stuffi


Son of the great collector and publisher Carlo Cardazzo, Paolo, together with his sister Gabriella, begins to take care of the gallery after the death of his father, in 1965. The context in which Paolo had always lived made it possible that, from the first moment, he had a strong interest in photography and film, demonstrating this since the beginning of the management of the Galleria del Cavallino, organizing the exhibition of the German painter and filmmaker Hans Richter (1965).Over the years the gallery will be always attentive to the avant-garde and experimental films inviting Italian (Franco Vaccari, Sirius Lughinbul, Michele Sambin) and international (John Whitney, Scott and Freude Bartlett and Gunvor Nelson) film-makers.The focus on moving images, therefore, it’s evident since the beginning and it is not a coincidence that, in the late ’60s, Paolo also started having an interest in the videotape, buying and experimenting the first camera to report the preparation and the ultimate result of the painting exhibition “Anticipazioni memorative” (1970).

The idea of video as an artwork, however, will insinuate into Paolo’s mind thanks to a series of events and important meetings: first of all, it will be important to remember that in 1972 the Venice Biennal will present the first videos, along with the famous “TV Show” Land Art by Gerry Shum; secondly, it is important the contribution of Sirio Lughinbul, a film-maker very attentive to contemporary artistic experimentation with whom Paul wrote, in 1980, the book “Videotapes, Art, Technique, History” published in Padua from the publisher Mastrogiacomo; lastly, it will be decisive the meeting with Maria Gloria Bicocchi, owner of a gallery in Florence and who directed the first center of video art in Italy (art/tapes/22), hosting international famous artist such as Vito Acconci, Vincenzo Agnetti, Joseph Beuys, Bill Viola, etc..