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Franz Borghese was born in Rome on January 21st.


Tutored by the Architect Maurizio Sacripanti for the admission exam, he registers at the High Scholl specialised in the arts in Via Ripetta.  His teachers include Domenico Purificato, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Umberto Maganzini, Giulio Turcato.  He begins to paint.  He finds Voltaire’s Philosphic Dictionary of Voltaire at a bookstall


He becomes a regular in Via Margutta.  He meets Sebastiano Sanguigni and Ugo Moretti


He shares a studio with  Sebastiano Sanguigni in a basement in Via Bertoloni.

He meets Pietro Bellomo.


He rents the studio in Via Pompeo Magno, in Prati, where he stays for ten years.  He meets Daniela Romano


He founds the group and the homonymous magazine “Il Ferro di cavallo”, which publishes only alternate issues for financial reasons.  Contributors are Giorgio Fasan, Dario Bellezza, Roberto D'Ercole, Massimo Antoci, Daniele Romano, Anna Paola Principe, Paolo Petrucci, Francesca Romana Coluzzi, Maurizio Marini, Adalberto Starace, Paolo Marletta, Stefanella Giovannini, Roberto Correnti, Diego Cimara, G.B. Salatino, Alessandro Haber. He paints “La ballade des pendus”.


With Daniela Romano, Giorgio Fasan and many others he produces the experimental painting-film “La grande mela” (“The big apple”).  The film, with a neo-expressionist flavour, describes a consumerist society, its alienations and its alternatives. It is screened in Rome, in Via del Babuino and at the XI Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto.  He meets Albert Ceen, Renzo Nissim, Elio Mercuri.  

T.W. Burger, the American gallery ownber, purchases some of his paintings.


He has his first exhibition in Rome, in Via Margutta, at a gallery that he opened with the help of some friends.  He exhibits the large painting “On Luther King’s Death”.  The catalogue contains an essay by Franco Simongini and  and testimonials by his collegues Ugo Attardi, Marcello Avenali, Edolo Masci and Ennio Calabria.

On this occasion he meets Giovanni Omiccioli and Marcello Muccini, with whom he shares a passion for chess.  Though this first private exhibition is not a success, on the evening of the closing day the sports columnist Ennio Viero purchases three paintings: he is the artist’s first collector.

T.W. Burger arranges a private exhibition for the artist in his Chicago gallery.

One of his paintings is exhibited at the VI Rassegna d'Arti Figurative of Rome and of Lazio at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni.

Rome’s Pinacoteca Comunale purchases one of his works


Satire and sarcasm make their appearance in his work, as well as the first characters,  that will  make it possible to draw parallels between his style and that of Grosz, Dix, Ensor, Maccari and Hoerle.


At the private exhibition at the Il Calibro gallery in Rome, he presents a set of paintings on the theme “The Bourgeoisie on Trial”.

He holds his first exhibition in Milan at the Il Cannocchiale in via Brera. Dino Buzzanti writes a flattering column about him in the “Il Corriere della Sera”.


Private exhibition at the Margutta gallery in Pescara. Private exhibition at Viotti in Turin.


Private exhibition Il Cannocchiale in Milan. His first studies and drawings are dedicated to military themes and militarism. He paints “I ciechi” (“The Blind”),of which he will produce various versions.


Private exhibition at Trieste’s Torbandena and at the Bruzia gallery in Reggio Calabria.

He meets Franco Solmi. He engraves his first etchings.

Jacob’s Atelier in Paris purchases some of his works

Private exhibition at Trieste’s Torbandena and at the Bruzia gallery in Reggio Calabria.

He meets Franco Solmi. He engraves his first etchings.

Jacob’s Atelier in Paris purchases some of his works


Private exhibition at the Margutta gallery in Pescara.

Private exhibition at the Palmieri gallery in Milan. He meets Salvatore Fiume.


He dedicated time to studying sculpture for a while.

Private exhibition at the Palazzo dei Priori in Perugia. He holds a private exhibition at the O + G + Grafic in Munich.

He exhibits at the X Quadriennale in Rome. He holds a private exhibition at the Horms Gallery in Mannheim. Aided by Salvatore Fiume he paints the large format  “La condanna di Cristo” (“Christ’s Judgement) for the Vatican Museums.


He produces about a hundred satirical drawings on militarism, collected in “W la guerra” (“Hurrah for war”) published by Il Gianicolo in Perugia. The book is presented at a travelling exhibition in  Pescara, Milan, Rome, Naples, Avellino and Bari.

He holds a private exhibition at Bedford House in New York.


Private exhibition at the Euro American Art Centre in Caracas. Private exhibition at the Seiquer Gallery in Madrid.  He meets Giovanni Ramaglia and his wife Rossana Zampetti.


Private exhibition at Il Gianicolo gallery in Perugia, where he presents a portfolio titled “Sultifera navis - La nave dei folli ed altri fatti immaginari in cinque acqueforti ed uno scritto di Franz Borghese” (“Sultifera navis - The ship of mad men and other imaginary facts in five etchings and an essay by Franz Borghese”), published by Il Gianicolo.

Private exhibition at Vienna’s Zentrum gallery.

Private exhibition at the Forni gallery in Amsterdam.

He paints “Il concerto dell'uovo” (“The Egg Concert”).  He meets Massimo Taramelli.


Private exhibition of watercolours at the Forni gallery in Amsterdam.

Private exhibition at La Robinia gallery in Palermo. He meets Milena Milani.


Private exhibition at Il Gianicolo gallery in Perugia, where he presents two of his new sculptures: “Ufficiale e signora” (“Officer and Lady”) and “Il girotondo” (“Merry-go-round”) with a portfolio od etchings titled “Les amoreux - quattro acqueforti di Franz Borghese” (“Les amoreux - four etchings of Franz Borghese”) with a commentary by Ugo Moretti. Private exhibition at the Margutta gallery in Pescara. He entrusts Fidia publishing company to print his mixed media  works, on which he has been working since 1977.


He completes a group works on the theme “Il duello” (“The Duel”) and he dedicates a private exhibition to them at  Il Cannocchiale gallery in Milan.

He meets Dario Micacchi.  During this time he produces the sculptures “La fotografia” (“The photograph””), “La famiglia dell'ingegnere” (“The engineer’s family”) and the group of twenty works from  “I temi fiamminghi” (“The flemish themes”) cycle, which is published by Italarte.


Private exhibition at L'indicatore gallery in Rome.

Private exhibition at the Senato gallery in Milan.  He begings the studies for the etchings of the series “La grande armée”.  

He meets Mino Maccari.


Private exhibition at Il Gianicolo gallery in Perugia, where he presents a portfolio of graphics titled: “P-C-Challenger-uno-sette-sette-ci.nque” (“P-C-Challenger-one-seven-seven-five”), a brief history of Franz Borghese and five etchings.

Private exhibition at the Forni gallery in Bologna.

Private exhibition at the Soufer Gallery in New York.

Private exhibition at Le Muse art centre in Bari.


He creates the sculpture “Il fascino discreto” (“Discreet Charm”).

Private exhibition at Margherita gallery in Taranto.

Private exhibition at L’Apogeo gallery in Naples.

Private exhibition at  Lisi gallery in Lecce.

Private exhibition at Margutta gallery in Pescara.

He meets Stefano Farroni.


He completes the sculptures “I trampoli” (“The stilts”) and “Il ritratto immaginario” (“Imaginary portrait”), which he presents at an exhibition at Il Gianicolo in Perugia, along with all histhe other earlier sculptures

He paints “I giocatori di dadi” (“The dice players”).

Anthology at Rome’s Selfart.  Private exhibition at Spirale Arte in Milan.


Private exhibiy at the Museo Nazionale of Castel Sant'Angelo.  Carmine Benincasa is the curator of the exhibition, which presents works produced between 1969 and 1986.

A monograph published by Giorgio Mondadori and Associates is presented at Brerarte in Milan. With a preface by Giorgio Bocca, the book includes a collection of watercolours and gouaches owned by Rome’s Selfart.


His work “Più leggeri dell'aria” (“Lighter than air”) appears on the cover of Arte’s February issue. He produces a portfolio of lithographs titled “La ballata delle Controverità” (“The ballade of Counter-thrusts”) publiushed by Il Gianicolo in Perugia, inspired by Francois Villon’s homonymous ballade.

He goes back to the study for the cycle of paintings titled “La carriera del libertino” (“The libertine’s career”), revisiting William Hogarth’s famous series.


He paints “Il funambolo” (“The funambulist”).  He sends to print the series of serigraphs titled “William Wilson” created in honour of Edgar Allan Poe..

Private exhibition at Vallardi gallery in La Spezia.


As a tribute to the French Revolutions,at the Arte Fiera of Bologna he exhibits twenty watercolours titled “Storia della grande Armée” (“History of the Grand Armée”), taken from studies of the series of etchings that were never completed.

Private exhibition with Rome’s Selfart at Biaf in Barcelona.

Private exhibition at Il Gianicolo in Perugia. 

He completes the paintings for the series “La carriera del libertino” (“The libertine’s career”) for his friend Pino Purificato, who exposes them at L'indicatore gallery in Rome. 

He meets Roberto Rodriguez.


He writes and illustrates “Waterloo, battaglia immaginaria” (“Waterloo, imaginary battle”), published by Roberto Nardacci’s Il Tetto gallery in Rome. Nardacci presents the book and the works at a private exhibition.  Private exhibition at Arte Immagine Santerasmo International gallery in Milan.  

He meets Antonietta Baistrocchi.


Private exhibition at Bastien-Art gallery in Brussels.

Private exhibition at Gioacchini gallery in Ancona.

The large painting “L'Atelier del pittore o la vita è sogno (titolo provvisorio)” (“The artist’s atelier or life is a dream (provisional title) is exhibited at L’indicatore Gallery in Rome.

The Fiat branch in Pescara presents an anthological exhibition, which includes works relative to the cycle  “Invenzioni e scoperte” (“Inventions and discoveries”).


One of his exhibitions of mixed media works on faesite board and drawings tiotled “Invenzioni e scoperte, ritratti immaginari ed altro” (“Inventions and discoveries”, imaginary portraits and other”) is presented at Palazzo Braschi in Rome.

Private exhibition at Il Sale gallery in Catania. Private exhibition at  Margherita gallery in Taranto.

Il Gianicolo arranges an anthological exhibition of his works from at the Fiat branch in Perugia.


Presentation of a monograph, published by Cronopios in Rome, with the introduction by Angelo Mistrangelo at a private exhibition at Turin’s Piemonte Artistico Culturale.

The art centre Il Gianicolo in Perugia presents Franz Borghese’s “Il manuale di Fisiognomica” (“The Manual of Physiognomy”).

Published by Il Gianicolo in Perugia, the book contains paintings, writings and drawings on bwhich Borghese, who has interest bin the subject, has been working for two years.


In January, Rome’s Selfart presents the second edition of “Waterloo battaglia immaginaria” (“Waterloo, imaginary battle”) published by Cronopios in Rome.

He presents the painting  ”La nave dei Folli” (“The ship of mad men”) at Milan’s Senato gallery and Rome’s L’Indicatore..

Again in Milan, at the Centro Arte gallery, he also presents the works from the cycle “Appendice al manuale della Fisiognomica” (“Appendix to the Manual of Physiognomy”).


Italarte publishes a collection of autobiographical writings titled “Storia di una vocazione” (“History of a vocation”), along with a group of drawings that Franz Borghese drew especially for the occasion. 

In October, at Milan’s Santerasmo gallery, he presents  a new cycle on the theme of  “Inventions and discoveries” .

Franz Borghese is featured on the cover of Giorgio Mondadori and Associates’ October issue of Arte.


He paints a new version of the work “Il fascino discreto” (“Discreet Charm”) on a large format canvas. He begins to produce the first studies of the cycle “Le macchine volanti” (“Flying machines”).  He holds a private exhibition of paintings and sculptures at the Diseno gallery in Madrid.


Giorgio Mondadori and Associates dedicate the cover of the Catalogo dell’Arte Moderna Italiana to Franz Borghese.  He completes the portfolio of lithographs titled “Storie e misfatti del governo vecchio” (“Stories and crimes od the old government”), a tribute to the poet G.G. Belli - published by I Gianicolo in Perugia.

He begins the studies for the etchings of the  “Tutti gli uomini del piano regolatore” (“All the men of the Town-Plan”) cycle.

He presents the painting “L'operazione chirurgica” (“The surgical operation”) at Arte Padova ’97.


He completes the sketches for the numbered bronze series of the sculptures “Il duello” (“The duel”) and “La cornetta acustica di Hamilton” (“Hamilton’s ear-trumpet”).

He produces the sketch for the numbered bronze series of the sculpture “Desiderio del volo” (“Wish for flight”) for 'Alitalia’s Premio Leonardo.

Il Gianicolo in Perugia publishes the book “Franz Borghese - Antologia di disegni degli anni settanta-novanta” (“Franz Borghese - Anthology of drawings from the seventies to the nineties), which includes over four hundreds works.


Private exhibition at the Tour Fromage in Aosta. He completes the etchings of the series titled “Tutti gli uomini del piano regolatore” (“All the men of the town-plan”).

Private exhibition at L’Immagine gallery in Arezzo.


Private exhibitions at the Fondazione Carnevale in Viareggio and at Villino Boilleau.

Private exhibition at Li.Arte Giotto gallery in Palermo.

Private exhibition at the Gioacchini gallery in Cortina d'Ampezzo.