La Biennale Paris, 2016

Art Fairs

Since the turn of the century M.F. Toninelli Art Moderne Monaco has exhibited at the following art fairs and events:

La Biennale des Antiquaires, Paris

Art Paris, Grand Palais

Point Art Monaco

International Art & Antiques, Palm Beach Convention Center

Palm Beach!, Palm Beach Convention Center

Ars Mundi, Palm Beach Convention Center

Art Stage Singapore

Art Paris, Abu Dhabi

Art Paris, Shenzhen

Art of the 20th Century, New York

PAD New York

The Salon, New York

Grands Antiquaires, Brussels


Art Brussels

Masterpiece London

PAD London

Dubai Art & Antiques

St. Moritz Art Masters

Art Geneva

Our Past Story

Late Nineties: Successors Mrs. M.F. Toninelli and third generation family member Gaia Toninelli shifted the main office and operations from Rome to the Principality of Monaco.

1988: The 75th Anniversary of the historic 1913 Art at the Armory (Lexington Avenue), where Toninelli Art Moderne featured a rare group of paintings by Andre Masson.

1987: The gallery participated in fairs at the Park Avenue Armory. Since then, it has exhibited at Modernism, IFAF, Art of the 20th Century, PAD NY 2011, and at the Salon of Art+Design from 2012 to 2017, in friendly association with fellow U.S. dealers under the auspice of Sanford Smith.

From 1984 to 2000: Toninelli Art Moderne was the only gallery to exhibit at FIAC and the Paris Biennale upon invitation by the management of Syndicat National des Antiquaires. During this time the Biennale only had four exhibiting modern art dealers who were members of the SNA.

1983 forward: The gallery has exhibited internationally in the world's most important modern and contemporary art fairs. Its list includes Biennales in Paris at the Grand Palais and Monaco at Sporting d’Hiver. Toninelli Art Moderne was among the first exhibitors at ARCO Madrid, Arte Fiera Bologna, Art Frankfurt and Hamburg, Salon de Mars Paris then Geneva, Art Jonction Nice and Cannes, Artissima Turin, IFAAS Milano (Palazzo Permanente), IFAAF Monte Carlo (Grimaldi Forum), Art Miami, Art Paris Shenzhen, MINT Milan, Art Paris Abu Dhabi, Dubai A&A, Art Stage Singapore and Salon Point Art Monaco.

1983 and 1984: Along with the late Baron Paolo Sprovieri and Rudolf Zwirner (father of David Zwirner) Toninelli Art Moderne staged now mythical SIMA events at Palazzo Grassi, Venice - invitational modern and contemporary art dealer shows that included the likes of Beyeler, Berggruen, Bischofberger, Brusberg, Castelli, d’Offay, Gmurzynska, Knoedler, Krugier, Janis, Neuendorf, Denise Rene, Sperone, Sonnabend, Trigano, Thomas Van de Loo and Waddington.

1973: Luigi Toninelli erfindet im Auftrag von K.Th. Schenning, Chef der Junior-Gruppe in Goslar, das “Kaiserring” Konzept. Der erste Empfänger war Henry Moore.

1970: Toninelli Arte Moderne became one of the founding galleries in what is now Art Basel. The gallery also exhibited for 18 years straight in FIAC, Paris, when it was located in the Grand Palais until 1992. In the Eighties the gallery was one of the earliest participants in Chicago's Navy Pier Show, when this was the United States' most important fair for modern and contemporary art, in the late Eighties the gallery also participated in ART London and ART Los Angeles.

1969: Toninelli Arte Moderne moved to Piazza di Spagna in Rome with the assistance of Dr. Danielle Dutry  - now a reputed independent dealer. Furthermore Toninelli Art Moderne was the first non-German dealer invited to the seminal “Kunstmarkt Köln” in Cologne.

1962: Toninelli Arte Moderne cooperated with Professor Giovanni Carandente to select and set up the innovative sculpture show “Scultura nella Citta" in Spoleto during the Festival of Two Worlds. The show included the David Smith exhibition of all the works now known as Voltri pieces, within the Roman Theatre.

1960 – 1983: Toninelli Arte Moderne was instrumental in the organization of famous Marini retrospectives in Zurich, 1960, Rome, 1966, and Venice (Palazzo Grassi), 1983. Toninelli was also the originator of complete Marini print surveys in Darmstadt, Philadelphia, Paris and Munich.

1960: A new gallery. Toninelli Arte Moderne was opened. Its first location was via Bagutta and later it moved to via S. Andrea, across from Miss Beatrice Monti's internationally famous Galleria dell'Ariete. Typical exhibitions included shows of Balla, De Chirico, Poliakoff, Albers, The 40 Futurists, Melotti, Afro, and Burri. The gallery became a venue for exceptional traveling shows of major artists such as Bacon, Marini, Pollock and Schwitters.

1959: Louis Toninelli, son of R. Toninelli, joined his father in the gallery operation. Louis became the confidential assistant of family friend Count Paolo Marinotti, who created important exhibitions at Palazzo Grassi in Venice such as “Arte e Contemplazione" (and later “Visione Colore"), where the now world-famous Venice series by Lucio Fontana was revealed.

1959: Toninelli was reappointed MoMA delegate for the exhibition “Modern Italian Art from American Collections” in Milan.

1958: Toninelli was appointed MoMA representative in Milan for the triumphal traveling exhibition “The New American Painting." The show brought works by DeKooning, Corky, Gottlieb, Guston, Kline, Motherwell, Newman, Rothko, Still and Tworkov to the attention of the European community at a time when Pollock was the only well-known American artist in Europe of his generation. All the paintings were hung by Louis Toninelli in the Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea Villa Reale, via Palestro, Milan. The exhibition brought hitherto unknown aspects of American contemporary art to Europe.

1949: Toninelli became an honorary life member of MoMA. With his close friends J.T. Soby and A.H. Barr Jr., an agreement was arranged between the Italian sculptor Marino Marini and dealer Curt Valentin of the Buchholz Gallery to introduce Marini's work to private American collectors and museums.

1948: Toninelli successfully curated the major exhibition “Italian Art of the 20th Century” at the MOMA, also as a lender of Boccioni’s Materia and The Street Pavers (later in the Winston-Malbin collection).

1947: Toninelli arranged the acquisition of a major Boccioni series, The States of Mind - now at MoMA New York - from the collection of Benedetta Marinetti.

In October 1945 Romeo Toninelli opened his first gallery “Il Camino,” in association with dealers who had been leaders in modern Italian art since the thirties, known as “Il Milione,” located on Via Montenapoleone, Milan. Significant one-man shows in the immediate post-war years included Boccioni, Campigli, Carra, De Chirico, Morandi and Sironi.