EIGHT like the years that were missing until 2000: this was the idea of the director Giuseppe Lufrano when in 1992 he opened the first gallery, at number 50 of the central Via D'Azeglio in Bologna, already the site of a historic gallery.
Since 1992 the OTTO Gallery has been a point of reference for the best names in contemporary art, critics and an audience of enthusiasts.
Since the year of opening and then since 2002, in the new headquarters of Palazzo Montalto, in Via D'Azeglio 55, countless exhibitions have been organized, in a search and enhancement path of art and some of its main actors, in the field of national and international. All the exhibitions of the OTTO Gallery are produced and organized by the gallery staff, with works specially designed and created by the artists for the spaces of the same. Artists are asked to work on unique and exclusive projects, always new and often of a "museum" nature.
The OTTO Gallery is aimed at both private and institutional collections of Museums and Foundations, whose collections have contributed greatly to forming: two for all, the UNICREDIT Collection and that of the CASSA DI RISPARMIO DI BOLOGNA FOUNDATION.
With this philosophy the OTTO Gallery combines an important editorial activity with the exhibition events, aimed at the documentation of the event. Catalogs have been published by Gilberto Zorio, Arcangelo, Luca Caccioni, Luigi Carboni, Marco Tirelli, Giovanni Manfredini, Carol Rama, Piero Pizzi Cannella, Roberto Rizzoli, Andrea Chiesi, Marco Gastini, Andrea Facco and the catalog of the Materica collective (works by Mattiacci , Spagnulo, Nagasawa, Gastini).
With time, the activity of the OTTO Gallery has increasingly turned to the organization of exhibition events that took place not only in its own premises, but also and above all in public and private Museums and Foundations. Two recent projects can be cited: that relating to the work of Marco Gastini, which took place from December 2011 to April 2012, and involved the MAMbo - Museum of Modern Art in Bologna and the headquarters of the Superintendency - Pinacoteca di Bologna at Palazzo Pepoli Campogrande, as well as the OTTO Gallery; and the one that saw the gallery organize and support the ceramics exhibition by Piero Pizzi Cannella at the MIC - International Ceramics Museum in Faenza from 18 January 2013 to April of the same year.
Finally, his activity is also aimed at the enhancement of public and private collections, which he helped to form and in which his own artists are present, through the development of loans for exhibitions made by major museums abroad. For example, the loan of a work by Gianni Dessì, purchased by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Bologna, was proposed and followed on the occasion of two museum exhibitions in Saint-Étienne in France at the Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporai de Saint-Étienne Métropole, the other at the Museum Art.Plus in Germany.
The OTTO Gallery has created a very important project for the Cassa di Risparmio di Bologna Foundation, in which Piero Pizzi Cannella painted 12 large canvases, on the theme of cathedrals, which were then permanently placed inside one of the spaces on the Genus route Bononiae, that of San Giorgio in Poggiale, a deconsecrated church, now used as a library of history and art, open to the public every day and often home to book presentations and other cultural activities. This is to emphasize the vocation that characterizes the activity of the gallery as a promoter of important projects outside its headquarters.