We are saddened to learn of the death of our good friend Bruna Aickelin.
Bruna first opened her gallery, Galleria Il Capricorno, in the San Marco district of Venice in 1971, where it quickly became renowned for showing key twentieth-century artists such as Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Cy Twombly and Robert Rauschenberg and, later, many international contemporary artists.
Victoria and Bruna enjoyed a longstanding friendship and, beginning in the mid-1990s, Il Capricorno staged solo exhibitions by many gallery artists including Hernan Bas, Verne Dawson, NS Harsha, Chantal Joffe, Wangechi Mutu, Grayson Perry and Francesca Woodman.
Together over many years Bruna and Victoria discussed the legacy of Galleria Il Capricorno and, in 2017, Victoria Miro Venice opened in the former Il Capricorno, a seventeenth-century building in a quintessentially Venetian canalside location. Speaking at the time, Victoria said, 'I have long admired Bruna's strong and simple approach to presenting works in this small jewel box of a gallery in the heart of Venice. I am immensely grateful to her for entrusting us with this unique and beautiful gallery and look forward to extending the opportunity to our artists to respond to and show in this inspirational setting.' Bruna commented: 'Peggy Guggenheim, Ileana Sonnabend, Paula Cooper, Barbara Gladstone, Lisa Spellman, Sadie Coles and Victoria Miro are some of the pioneering women gallerists whom I have had the great fortune to know and work with over many years. Our lives are forever woven together.'
Bruna Aickelin, 1927–2020
An obituary appears in Artforum, published 9 April 2020