Alberto Martini

Alberto Martini

Following great success at Galleria del Laocoonte and W. Apolloni in Rome, Laocoon Gallery now presents to London a fascinating collection of art by Alberto Martini (Oderzo 1876 – Milan 1954).

Exhibition dates: 1st – 28th November 2019


The show comprises a mixture of works including gloriously sinister illustrations in Indian ink for the tales of Edgar Allan Poe alongside a selection of works from Il Poema Delle Ombre (Poem of the Shadows), a mysterious collection which the artist produced in 1904 and continued in 1909.


The stimulus for these works is unknown, perhaps they were designed to illustrate a poem or theatrical text, the only clue to the puzzle is a condensed list comprising an enigmatic summary which in fact makes the function of the illustrations even more mysterious. A mute chorus of masks is watching us.


There is Venice and its carnival, but there are also masks of conspirators, perhaps of thieves and murderers, as well as voluptuous veiled female masks that make us think of conspiracies of another kind; of secret conferences and kisses between unknown lovers, of the streets of Venice by night, filled with intriguing characters, from the great Casanova to the devastating femme fatale Marchesa Casati.

David Breuer-Weil

Laocoon Gallery opens in London 

Exciting new gallery opens in the heart of the historic art district of London.


As the art scene in London continues to be a pole of attraction for a variety of cultural offerings, Galleria del Laocoonte has gone into partnership with W. Apolloni, one of the most experienced and highly distinguished art dealers in Rome, to open the Laocoon Gallery. Set in the heart of the historic art and antiques district of St James’ the gallery will not only present an exceptional selection of works from the most seminal figures in Western art history, but also brings to London previously unseen pieces from a number of early 20th century Italian artists. Monica Cardarelli, director of Laocoon Gallery in London, says, “Italian 20th century art is not only Futurism, or De Chirico, or the few other artists who are well known outside Italy. There is a real crowd of exceptional artists that need to be revealed to the world of English-speaking art lovers.”


Following a successful exhibition of works by renowned Italian sculptor Leoncillo Leonardi which opened as part of London Art Week, the gallery’s next offering will be based on the myth of Laocoön, featuring a large bronze by English born David Breuer-Weil, who has emerged as one of the leading contemporary British sculptors with iconic works such as Brothers, Flight and Alien, displayed to great public and critical acclaim in major public spaces in London and around the world. The artist has been commissioned by renowned art dealer Marco Fabio Apolloni to create and cast for the Laocoon Gallery a striking new work inspired by the ancient statue of Laocoön that was excavated in Rome in 1506 under Michelangelo’s very eyes. The piece shows a cyclopean head of Laocoön composed with shattered rubble, which emerges from the soil as if it were coming up from the deep to take a breath. In a number of smaller scale explorations and preparations also set to be exhibited, the iconic original in its entirety is handled using wax, engulfing Laocoön and his sons with snake coils that become tentacles or strands of DNA.


Breuer-Weil comments, “Laocoön is a great sculpture that has inspired generations of artists because of its sheer expressive force and as an emblem of martyrdom. I have not tried to copy it but to explore its themes in a relevant contemporary manner making the works speak to today’s generation.  In some of my works, the Laocoön and his sons are not attacked by snakes as in the Greek myth that inspired the original ancient sculpture but by their own DNA, because that is usually the biggest threat we have to face in our lives, our own makeup.”


The exhibition opens on 12th September 2019 at the Laocoon Gallery, 2a-4 Ryder Street, London, SW1Y 6QB.

Leoncillo, Drawings and Sculptures

Leoncillo. drawings and Sculptures

27 June – 7 September 2019

2a-4 Ryder Street.

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Following a successful exhibition at London Art Week in the summer of 2018, Galleria del Laocoonte has again gone into partnership with W. Apolloni, one of Rome’s oldest and most illustrious antique dealer shops, to exhibit at London Art Week 2019.

Founded in 1926, Galleria W. Apolloni has been in business for three generations and is now directed by Marco Fabio Apolloni, a writer, journalist and art historian trained at the Courtauld Institute in London. During its successful history the gallery has sold many masterpieces to museums in Italy and abroad, examples include the Coaci inkstand to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Petiet’s family portraits by Andrea Appiani to the Villa Reale in Milan.

In 2012, together with his wife Monica Cardarelli he founded Galleria del Laocoonte, which has specialised in presenting the works of 20th century Italian artists including Sironi, Savinio, Severini, Balla and many others with exhibitions at their gallery in Rome, fairs across Europe and even in public museums. Seven years later they are embarking on a new exciting project here in London, opening Laocoon Gallery which presents not only the best examples of Italian old master paintings and drawings, sculptures, works of art and high quality pieces of furniture, but also works by early 20th century Italian artists, many of them totally unknown by the international market.

One highlight of this year’s London Art Week exhibition at the Laocoon Gallery is a collection of works by Leoncillo Leonardi – known for his work with ceramics and glazed terracotta. Leoncillo (1915 – 1968) has become more recognised in recent years, with his large abstract works from the later part of his career gaining interest on a global scale. The exhibitors are just as passionate about his early works though, Monica Cardarelli, director of Laocoon Gallery says, “… the rest of his [Leoncillo’s] works, beginning in the thirties’ with astounding figurative ceramic sculptures, have never been shown as they should. It is our belief that the unveiling of these pieces will be a revelation that will set him in his proper place as one of Europe’s major sculptors.”