Our History

The Cardi Gallery was founded in Milan, Italy in April 1972 by Renato Cardi.

Originally named ‘Galleria Cardi ‘ the gallery focused on fostering the work of contemporary Italian artists.

In the late 1960’s Renato Cardi started to presciently collect works by artists like Cy Twombly, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni and Michelangelo Pistoletto, all who were relatively unknown at the time.  Over the subsequent years Renato built a distinguished collection that spanned from Arte Povera to Spatialism. Through both his inextinguishable passion for art and the subsequent success of the Galleria Cardi, Renato earned the reputation as a critically engaged champion of developing artists, one who made major contributions to launching many of their careers.

Now led by Renato’s son Nicolo, the Cardi Gallery continues to shape the cultural landscape in Milan and abroad. In 2015, the Cardi Gallery opened its first overseas venue, expanding its presence to London’s Mayfair district, the epicentre of the European Art Market.

The Cardi Gallery London is housed in a magnificent six-story Georgian townhouse on prestigious Grafton Street. Both Cardi London and Cardi Milano host regular museum-quality exhibitions that are accompanied by a scholarly catalogue or an artist monograph that often  feature texts by eminent critics such as Germano Celant, Francesco Bonami and Achille Bonito Oliva.

The Cardi Gallery annually exhibits at the top international art fairs such as Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Basel Hong Kong, Frieze Masters London, Frieze New York, Tefaf Maastricht, Tefaf New York, Fiac Paris, MiArt and Zona Maco. Our international art fair participation focuses mainly on masterworks by Artists from movements such as Arte Povera, Minimalism and Zero Group. Many of the works we present at fairs are from our extensive holdings of Italian Modern and Post-War contemporary inventory, which we also regularly lend to international museums.

The Cardi Gallery’s unique specialist expertise in Italian Modern, Post-War and Contemporary art – specifically in Arte PoveraMinimalism and Zero Group – has contributed to building some of the finest and most historically important private collections across the Europe, the Americas and the Far East.